NFL Experience won’t experience New York

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When the Super Bowl descends on Manhattan (sort of) in 2014, one of the staples of the experience won’t be experienced.

According to Terry Lefton of SportsBusiness Journal, the NFL Experience will be omitted from next year’s event, for the first time since it was launched in 1992.  Per Lefton, organizers couldn’t find a suitable location for the square footage consumed by one of the league’s premier fan interaction activities.

The NFL Experience will be replaced by the Super Bowl Boulevard, a 10-block stretch of Broadway from 34th to 44th Street.  However, the cross streets won’t be shut down.  (Good for traffic, bad for creating an uninterrupted 10-block NFL neighborhood.)

The situation impacts both fans and sponsors, who flood the NFL Experience with their products and logos and salespeople.  But it’s just part of the unique nature of the New York Super Bowl experience.

In the end, plenty of folks may be hoping that it remains unique.

25 responses to “NFL Experience won’t experience New York

  1. When this thing is over next year, more than one person in the NFL’s ivory tower is going to be asking whose f%#$ing idea was this?

  2. Just another dumb idea, having the SuperBowl in New York. I am hoping for a blizzard to hit, just like the one that hit last weekend.

  3. I think the NFL is going to try to make this Super Bowl as least successful as possible without being unsuccessful. That way they can say they tried, but it didn’t work.

  4. Hasn’t New York effectively banned everything o earth? Seems like a huge waste of time going to that dump…People’s Republic of New York…China has more rights that people do in New York! Super Bowl will be a Joke, but the league will spin the heck out of it!

  5. Couldn’t find or too cheap to pay? Isn’t the convention center right in Times Square? It’s big enough to host the annual auto show, I’m sure it’s plenty big for the nfl experience. Lame

  6. Aren’t things like this included in the bid that earns the game? Did they even review the bids or did they just award it because of the new stadium? I’m sure the additional congestion will be greatly appreciated.

  7. Wow, there is no way that there isn’t enough room somewhere in NY or NJ to host the NFL experience. And then to not close down cross streets to traffic? This is looking more and more like a complete train wreck. Of course shutting down streets inconveniences the people who live and work in that area, but it has been done in all the other venues, so NY/NJ should be no exception if they are going to host, as they shouldn’t get special exceptions from other host cities…

  8. Judging by the crowds in New Orleans (and the $28 a ticket pricetag) losing the experience is going to end up costing the Super Bowl and the host city a ton of money.

    They couldn’t have gotten the Javits Center? Izod Center? There are so many stadiums in the metropolitan area it’s insane to me that they couldn’t have figured this one out.

  9. I don’t get it; is the Javitz already booked? Couldn’t they use Felt Forum?
    Either way, I’ve been to an NFL Experience; no big loss, to be perfectly honest.

  10. John Mara really had no idea the sh*t storm he was getting into when he put the bid in did he? I hope this Super Bowl is a hige bowl of fail. Let it snow let it snow let it snow!!!

  11. What about the Javits convention center? I, for one, am very disappointed because I haven’t been able to travel to any SuperBowl site – this is the first one that is in my “backyard” and won’t be able to experience what the extravaganza has become. That SuperBowl Blvd. better be stacked with everything that is related to football and not just sponsors hawking their wares.

  12. Absolutely in the top five most moronic ideas ever come up with by the NFL. February in New Jersey is likely to be snowy and the traffic is already totally screwed up on a daily basis. I could see the chance of this working if at least there was a dome involved. The graft and payoffs for this debacle must be mind-boggling!

  13. The game is being played in NJ and right across from Metlife is the Izod Center there is also the Rock in Newark or if you want NYC try the Garden.

    Of course you can not close down streets in Midtown on a work day it NYC not some small town like NOLA or Indy

    You could close down both of those states and no one would notice.

    NYC is the center on world get over it deal with it
    it is where the sun rises and sets everyday.

    It is the true capital of america and the true title town.

    I hope we have a huge snow storm on game day it will be great.

  14. If its true that there is no nfl experience this year then that alone is reason enough to never select New York/new jersey again as the Super Bowl site…..when it was in Tampa it was a great show and I feel sorry for fans attending this year, what a shame.

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