Super Bowl 2014 Team Will Practice at NY Jets Facility
Gov. Chris Christie says 'the countdown has officially begun' for next year's big game, which will be held in New Jersey for the first time.
The Super Bowl is fast approaching—it's next Sunday in New Orleans—but Gov. Chris Christie already is looking forward to next year's big game.
The 2014 Super Bowl will be held in New Jersey for the first time and bring with it related media and celebratory events, including one of the competing teams holding practice next-door to Madison at the New York Jets practice facility off Park Avenue in Florham Park.
The AFC team will practice at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in the borough, and Gov. Chris Christie and the National Football League on Thursday touted the practice facility in an announcement about Super Bowl events that will be held in the state.
Media Day is scheduled to be held at the Prudential Center in Newark on Jan. 28, 2014, and the NFL's Tailgate Party, held in the hours leading up to the Feb. 2 game, will take place at the Grandstand at the Meadowlands Racetrack, the announcement said.
While the AFC team will practice in Florham Park, the NFC team will use the Timex Center, the Giants practice facility at the Meadowlands. The NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee's pre-game party, and the postgame parties for both teams will be held at New Jersey venues to be announced, according to the announcement.
"Our region's first Super Bowl is a little more than one year away, and in New Jersey, the countdown has officially begun," Christie said in the news release. "Hosting the big game on February 2 and its many celebratory lead-up events during Super Bowl Week is a major win for the state, its tourism and economic developments."
Woody Johnson, Jets owner and co-chairman of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, said having players lodge and practice in New Jersey "allows their excitement and energy to be felt in the area throughout the entire week."
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league looks forward "to working closely with the State to help present a memorable week for our fans, teams, and partners and media from around the world," and NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee President and CEO Al Kelly said "the eyes of the world will be on MetLife Stadium and the surrounding area."
"With its energy and passion, New Jersey is an ideal location to stage a Super Bowl and its many events, and we look forward to continuing to make history in the state," Kelly said.