The vast majority of fans who will be in attendance for Super Bowl XLVIII won’t just be in New York or New Jersey for one night. Whether they live nearby or are taking a trip, fans will have a few days to experience everything that comes with the weekend of the Super Bowl.
Below are four things to do in the days leading up to the 2014 Super Bowl.
Super Bowl Boulevard
The 13-block stretch in the middle of Manhattan will be celebrating the NFL on both Friday and Saturday before the big game. There are numerous attractions, including the NFL Extra Points Kick, which allows people a chance to kick a ball through the uprights, as well as the Super Bowl Tobogan Run, which goes through Times Square. The area on Broadway between 34th and 47th streets also offers a chance to meet current and former NFL players.
This weekend revolves around the biggest football game of the year, but that doesn’t mean the other sports in the New York/New Jersey area go on a hiatus. The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets are set to host two of the NBA’s top teams, as the best basketball players in the world make their way to the Big Apple. On Friday night, the surging Nets, who have won 10 of 12, will host Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The following evening, LeBron James and the Miami Heat face the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Super Bowl Parties
Many star-studded parties won’t be open to the public, but there are a few that fans can attend if they purchase tickets. If fans attend the Men’s Fitness and Shape Magazine Super Bowl Party, they can see Mary J. Blige, Marc Anthony and John Legend perform, as well as comedian Jeff Ross. While tickets to that event will cost $1,500, it will run a person less than $1,000 to attend “Leather and Laces,” a party that will be attended by Victoria’s Secret models.
Other than the Super Bowl halftime show, there will be many musical acts performing during the weekend. On Saturday night, WFAN’s “Big Hello to Brooklyn” will feature some of the biggest names in music. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are set to headline the concert at the Barclays Center. The same night, Hot 97’s “Light It Up” concert will include the likes of SchoolBoy Q and Mack Wilds.