Says Move Will Boost Revenues for NJ, Focus National Attention on Garden State
TRENTON – Senator Richard J. Codey, D-Essex, issued the following statement today after the NFL announced that the new Meadowlands Stadium will be the host for Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014:
“Today’s announcement by the NFL that New Jersey will play host for the Super Bowl in 2014 is great news not only for New Jersey sports fans but also for the state as a whole. This just proves what we’ve known all along – that the Meadowlands Sports Complex and the Super Bowl are truly perfect together.
“Hosting a major professional sports championship like the Super Bowl carries a lot of financial benefits for the host state. The Host Committee has committed to having both teams stay and practice in New Jersey for the entire week and have proposed to have major pre-game events in the Garden State, including the main Saturday night Super Bowl party which would be held at at Liberty State Park. In addition to the teams, fans will take advantage of our hotels, restaurants and other amenities to root on their favorite teams putting further revenues into our economy. Additionally, hosting a Super Bowl in the Meadowlands will focus national and worldwide attention on New Jersey.
“To all the reporters throughout the country: the game will be played in New Jersey, practices will be held in New Jersey, and the teams will stay in New Jersey hotels. That constitutes New Jersey residency.
“Now that the site for the 2014 Super Bowl has been decided, the only thing left to do is to make sure that both the Giants and the Jets are ready for the 2013-14 season so we can cheer them both on in what would truly be THE Garden State Bowl.”