Are You Ready for Some Football?!

by Laura K. Garrison

Super Bowl XLVIII is coming. Are you ready?

This Sunday, Super Bowl XLVIII is coming to New York New Jersey. Even if you’re not a big football fan, there are still reasons to tune in. This year is the first time the Super Bowl will be played outdoors in the cold weather. While some fear this will hurt player performance and be a deal-breaker for attendees, this is football as it was meant to be played (just ask the Cheeseheads in Wisconsin). So while you may not be shelling out thousands for a seat at the game, you can still participate in the football fun around New York!

Watch the game. The Super Bowl is airing on Fox and is scheduled to start at 6:30pm, but there will be hours of pregame coverage if you’re into that sort of thing. The NFC champions, the Seattle Seahawks will have home field advantage, taking on the AFC champions, the Denver Broncos. The halftime show will feature Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers (sorry Jersey girls, no Springsteen or Bon Jovi for us). Giants fans will probably want to root for the Broncos, whose quarterback Peyton Manning is the older brother of our very own Eli. Also keep an eye out for Broncos safety Mike Adams, who plans to walk to his hometown of Paterson, New Jersey in full uniform if his team wins. On the Seahawks side, quarterback Russell Wilson will lead the team, including cornerback Richard Sherman who was recently fined for taunting during the NFC Championship and gave a bizarre, egocentric interview to Erin Andrews post-game.

Head down to Super Bowl Boulevard. In honor of their co-hosting duties, New York is celebrating the big game with Super Bowl Boulevard. Broadway, between 34th and 47th Streets, will feature football themed activities to the public for free. Visitors can take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy and the classic Super Bowl Roman Numerals, kick a ball through NFL uprights, and attend autograph sessions and concerts. A seven story “toboggan run” is also featured, and tickets are $5. The Boulevard will be open Wednesday, January 29 to Saturday, February 1.

Jam out in every borough. VH1 is sponsoring Super Bowl Blitz concerts throughout New York and New Jersey. Last night J. Cole performed at Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College. Below is the schedule of upcoming performances.

TONIGHT, January 28th: Janelle Monae at Lehman College in the Bronx
Wednesday, January 29th: Fall Out Boy at Brooklyn Bowl
Thursday, January 30th: TLC at the Beacon Theatre
Friday, January 31st: Goo Goo Dolls at St. George’s Theater in Staten Island
Saturday, February 1st: Gavin DeGraw in The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey

On Thursday and Friday, the Apollo Theater will host two tribute concerts in honor of Black History Month: the “Let the Music Say Amen” Gospel concert and “Friday Night in Harlem” jazz concert.

Celebrate the art of football. For the more refined fans amongst us, there will be special exhibits and events in some of New York’s most iconic cultural centers. Until February 10, the Met is home to the Gridiron Greats Vintage Football Cards Exhibit. Until February 23, the Museum of the Moving Image will host Madden NFL Football: 25 Years and Running, an exhibit dedicated to the popular video game. Broadway Week ends February 6, offering two-for-one tickets to many Broadway shows. And when you’re done, make reservations at Forty Ate, the NFL’s first pop-up restaurant.

Take advantage of the joys of hosting the Super Bowl while you can. Depending on how cold and miserable everyone is, New York/New Jersey may never have this opportunity again!

Go Broncos!

Laura K. Garrison is a junior at Barnard and Editor in Chief of The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Image courtesy of Crain’s.

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