- Jane McManus, Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com
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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 13 days until the Super Bowl.
So what does this mean for the New York and New Jersey area?
Hotels are in luck: Denver and Seattle are a plane ride away, which means fans coming in for the game will likely need a hotel. That’s good news because there is still plenty of inventory in New York City and New Jersey. Robert Tuchman, who runs the sports and travel company Goviva, said by this time most Super Bowl cities are booked solid. “It’s pretty incredible how much availability there is,” Tuchman said.
Not just hotels: Denver over New England is a huge win for tourism industry. While Patriots fans could have driven in on game day, the Broncos faithful will likely spend a few days in the area -- visiting museums, frequenting restaurants and parties, walking slowly through Times Square five abreast. Broncos fans, given the way Peyton Manning has played, you must feel like this year is destiny.
Suite sales: Seattle over San Francisco could mean less demand for suites and luxury accommodations for higher-end travelers. The 49ers have a business community that snaps up luxury suites, Tuchman said. Seattle has a strong economic base, but it isn't known for putting the same pressure on suites and club seats. Lines may be significantly longer at local Starbucks for the week, though.
Weather: Both these teams play in crappy, cold and rainy weather. So that’s what their fan bases are used to sitting through. MetLife Stadium and the possible freezing temperatures and snow will feel like any given Sunday. It’s the corporate travelers who are stuck in the cheap seats who may have an issue.
Don’t buy tickets yet: According to research at SeatGeek.com, this 72 hour-period is traditionally the most expensive time to buy a Super Bowl ticket. The secondary ticket vendor says for the last three years, 30 percent of all Super Bowl tickets have been sold in that window. But if you wait, prices can drop by 50 percent in the 24 hours before kickoff. This year, industry watchers are saying the market could see extreme fluctuations depending on the weather report.
Come back daily for more on the issues, logistics and personalities surrounding Super Bowl XLVIII.
516dESPN New York staff