41 Days: Q&A with Jonathan Tisch
December, 23, 2013
By Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com
AP Photo/Richard DrewWill Woody Johnson and Jonathan Tisch still be all smiles on Feb. 2?Each day from now until Feb. 2, ESPNNewYork.com will take you inside the challenge of staging the most unpredictable NFL title game ever. There are 41 days until the Super Bowl.
ESPN New York is conducting Q&A's with each member of the host committee. New York Giants co-owner Jonathan Tisch is the latest victim.
Q: How did you, John Mara and Steve Tisch decide who would represent the Giants on the Super Bowl host committee?
A: From the outset, the Giants and Jets organizations worked together to bring Super Bowl to the region and we wanted very senior leadership represented on the host committee. With my background in hospitality and tourism, including serving for six years as Chairman of NYC & Company (the city's tourism agency) and chair of host committees for Grammys and NBA All-Star Games, it seemed a natural for me to assume this responsibility.
Q: What's the biggest challenge you face at this point in preparations?
A: We are at a solid place with preparations. We're hitting a stride, and everything is moving along nicely. We're focused on so much -- weather preparedness, transportation plans, etc., and all are of equal importance.
Q: What will be the biggest benefit to New York?
A: Certainly the economic impact to the entire region -- estimated at $550 million dollars. We expect a positive impact on the area's hospitality industry, especially during a time of the year that is typically slower. And the region will showcase why it is the best in the world -- not just to those who actually visit but with more than 4,000 people from the media in town, images will be sent around the world. In addition, there will be many philanthropic legacies completed through the work of the Snowflake Youth Foundation, which will benefit the community for many years beyond game time and have a positive effect on youth in both states.
Q: What would it have meant to see the Giants play in this Super Bowl?
A: The Giants have been very fortunate to play in five Super Bowls, winning four of them, and each game has had its own special meaning. Being a host of this Super Bowl has an honor of its own. Certainly, it would have taken on an even more special meaning if we were to participate.
Q: Pick one and why: Great Super Bowl, or Greatest Super Bowl?
A: Greatest Super Bowl. It is taking place on the world's greatest stage -- New York!
Q: How do you prefer to handle cold weather? Choose one: 1. Wool tie 2. Hot-water bottle or 3. Warm thoughts?
A: None of the above -- I would pull out my Giants hat and scarf!
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