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John Mara: No reason not to do another Super Bowl in NY/NJ


Super Bowl Sunday is finally here and it looks like the NFL has avoided any of the nightmare weather scenarios bandied about over the last few months.

It’s a cloudy but pleasant day in East Rutherford that feels a lot more like late October than early February and forecasts have things staying this way for the rest of the afternoon and evening. With that potential stumbling block out of the way, the week has gone well enough that Giants owner John Mara is already thinking about an encore.

“Based on everything that’s happened so far, yes,” Mara said on ESPN Radio with Ian O’Connor. “If we can be assured that we’d get the same cooperation from all the different government entities that were involved, which has been tremendous so far, I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t consider doing it again. I think that when the NFL owners that are here, when they leave MetLife Stadium tonight after this game, I’m pretty confident that most of them will say to themselves that it was a great idea to have this event in this area, New York and New Jersey, and why not come back here again. It’s good for the league.

During his Friday press conference, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that he thought the league needed to bring the game to as many communities as possible and that he didn’t project too many cities getting multiple games in the near future. Mara said he thought that a successful game on Sunday should open up doors for other cold weather cities, but not without adding another plug for a return trip.

“I think it will open up some people’s eyes as to why not at least consider other areas and I think we will do that,” Mara said. “But let’s face it, there is only one area like this one with the number of attractions and venues and all that New York and New Jersey have to offer. But I certainly think it does open the door a little bit for other venues.”

Things have gone smoothly all week and the only complaint from here would be that the game never quite took over the area the way it has in other cities. As someone who has lived and worked in New York City almost all his life, I’ll say that things didn’t feel too different from any other week until closer to Sunday when Broncos and Seahawks fans started popping up in greater numbers on the streets. That’s not a bad thing or a reason not to do it here again, but it was a difference from what usually happens when the NFL comes to town.

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35 Responses to “John Mara: No reason not to do another Super Bowl in NY/NJ”
  1. thepftpoet says: Feb 2, 2014 2:36 PM

    The only place there should be a superbowl is Minneapolis.

    The most gorgeous city in U.S.

  2. luckyarmpit says: Feb 2, 2014 2:38 PM

    Hopefully, everyone that complained, whined, and sniveled about the weather (I’m looking at you, Bradshaw), can now move on to something else to complain about.

  3. jcurran77 says: Feb 2, 2014 2:41 PM


  4. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Feb 2, 2014 2:42 PM

    Chuck Noll > Vince Lombardi


  5. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 2, 2014 2:45 PM

    Every city with a PUBLICLY FUNDED NFL stadium should get a Super Bowl.

  6. fdugrad says: Feb 2, 2014 2:49 PM

    Nor is there a reason to schedule another SB in ANY colder-climate state.

  7. sfsugator says: Feb 2, 2014 2:49 PM

    I heard there not allowing tailgating in this Super Bowl. What a joke that is. That’s like not allowing fighting at a hockey game. Smh.

  8. bergencountyjc says: Feb 2, 2014 3:03 PM

    As an NJ resident living 5 miles away from the stadium, if there is a repeat, PLEASE give some love to Jersey this time. Heck, the town that the stadium is in can’t even afford to pay “sponorship fees” and the mayor gets snubbed from tickets while investing a lot of town resources, probably free of charge.

  9. oreo51 says: Feb 2, 2014 3:07 PM

    Not until Seattle gets one! They have been waiting longer than New York.

  10. phinfan says: Feb 2, 2014 3:08 PM

    Why don’t you get a opinion from the people spending $2100 a ticket. You know the (RICH FOLKS).

    They may just want to spend their weekend somewhere warm.

  11. PacificNWMark says: Feb 2, 2014 3:13 PM

    John Mara should talk to some of the thousands of fans stranded on New Jersey’s joke of a Super Bowl shuttle train today before he commits to host another one.

  12. buyamericanonly says: Feb 2, 2014 3:14 PM

    How about some Love for Detroit, first cold weather super bowl in 1982, opening the door for cold weather bowls!

  13. thefiesty1 says: Feb 2, 2014 3:18 PM

    Lucked out! No reason to give it a second chance.

  14. ez4u2sa says: Feb 2, 2014 3:26 PM

    The big game will have to go to a lot of other cold weather outdoor sites first.

  15. bobleblah says: Feb 2, 2014 3:27 PM

    Maybe the can reconfigure the playoffs so that every team can qualify for the post-season, and every city will host a superbowl game, and every team will get a superbowl trophy.

    They can ask the Special Olympics people for advice.

  16. bowdowntopeyton says: Feb 2, 2014 3:32 PM

    Goodell and Mara dodged a bullet. Why play russian roulette with the most important game of the year?

    This isn’t that hard, but these tools insist on making it so.

  17. Dogsweat says: Feb 2, 2014 3:39 PM

    The Super Bowl should only be played in one place.


  18. queeflatifah says: Feb 2, 2014 3:45 PM

    How bout allowing winning superbowl team’s city to host the next year’s super bowl

  19. ytownjoe says: Feb 2, 2014 3:46 PM

    Football was meant to be played in cold weather. Schedule a Super Bowl for Green Bay.
    Remember the Ice Bowl?

  20. natijim235 says: Feb 2, 2014 3:48 PM

    yeah after everyone else has had their turn

  21. goldrush36 says: Feb 2, 2014 3:49 PM

    There was talk as soon as a week ago about moving the day of the game. THAT sounds like enough reason

  22. coolherc says: Feb 2, 2014 3:49 PM

    Once is enough. Maybe in another 25-50 years or so. The NFL got extremely lucky and everyone knows it. Thanks for a good time and the memories, NY/NJ. Don’t call us, we’ll call you.

  23. pack13queens0 says: Feb 2, 2014 3:50 PM

    It sure would be better than having one in boring Minneapolis.

  24. luz56 says: Feb 2, 2014 3:55 PM

    Tampa, Miami, Phoenix, San Diego … Isn’t this about the fans too? I do like the idea of any indoor stadium that was tax payer funded

  25. wishingtonredslur says: Feb 2, 2014 4:00 PM

    The Giants get a Super Bowl so the Jets should get a Super Bowl, it really is the only way they’ll see one.

  26. thetooloftools says: Feb 2, 2014 4:13 PM

    Bring it to Cleveland

  27. sdisme says: Feb 2, 2014 4:18 PM

    Is John Mara going to sell some official Super Bowl memorabilia?

  28. unitasftw says: Feb 2, 2014 4:31 PM

    Uhh wrong. It could be in Indy or Denver.

  29. completefan says: Feb 2, 2014 4:34 PM

    87 Grey Cups have been played in the cold. Championship football was MEANT to be played in the elements.

  30. htowntexan says: Feb 2, 2014 4:56 PM

    The Super Bowl is not just Sunday. It is the week leading up to it. Guess what, that weather sucked. Who wants to go walk around a city when it is zero out.

    And the mayor admitted it. Yeah the city seemed the same early in the week. People only went outside if they had to. That is not what Super Bowl week should be like.

  31. jackdaniels1 says: Feb 2, 2014 4:58 PM

    The Super Bowl should only be played in one place.

    Cleveland…..or New Hampshire.

  32. phillysports1 says: Feb 2, 2014 5:07 PM

    NJ* not New York .

  33. Fantasy Football Consultant says: Feb 2, 2014 6:09 PM

    Goodell sure like to make changes. Will be worst commish in history of NFL

  34. nyg201 says: Feb 2, 2014 6:16 PM

    all the dudes on PFT complaining about weather should lose their man card. Seriously cold weather. Put on a jacket and keep moving.

  35. stakex says: Feb 3, 2014 1:12 PM

    In an incredible stroke of luck, the weather happened to warm up for TWO days… one of which happened to be the Super Bowl. If the game was to be played on any day in the last three weeks, or any day in the next couple weeks, the conversation would likely have been about how cold weather and snow ruined the Super Bowl.

    Hell, if the game was to be held today it might have been postponed due to snow. So if the NFL can’t bring themselves to see that they dodged a bullet and that this was a terrible idea…. that’s rather shocking.

    Its not about the fans either. Its about the conditions at game time… and weather shouldn’t decide a Super Bowl. This was a mistake by the NFL, and only dumb luck saved them from looking like fools.

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