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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
47 Days: The cold truth for NY/NJ fans

By Jane McManus

This season has not been the best of times for Jets and Giants fans.
Each day from now until Feb. 2, will take you inside the challenge of staging the most unpredictable NFL title game ever. There are 47 days until the Super Bowl.

As the first light of day filtered through snow clouds parked over the New York-New Jersey area Tuesday morning, it marked the first day that both the New York Jets and the New York Giants were officially eliminated from contention to play in the first local Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium.

The Giants have been out for weeks, but the Jets were technically alive until the Ravens defeated the Lions on Monday night.

So it's now official: the NFL will import the two teams who will play on Feb. 2, continuing the streak of never having a home team advance to host the game in a Super Bowl city.

Here’s what you need to know about the Super Bowl today:

WEATHER REPORT: The NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee is holding a press conference on Wednesday to discuss plans for the game in the event of bad weather. It may be worth noting that they will do this a day after schools around the region closed for a snow day.

So far, host committee CEO Al Kelly and co-chairs Woody Johnson and Steve Tisch have taken the cold weather as a given, and noted that football has been played in the cold for as long as oblong, inflated animal skin-covered objects have been tossed through the air.

It’s the 80,000 spectators that are more of an issue. Keep in mind that the Super Bowl is a much more expensive ticket, one often bestowed upon a class of folks who aren’t season-ticket holders, and these folks may not be used to sitting outside in sub-freezing weather for five hours.

DEFINING TAILGATING: After we wrote about the constraints that will be placed on tailgating, a few NFL spokespeople disagreed with our assessment that the pre-game tradition would be effectively nixed. I spoke to some fans who attend games at MetLife Stadium on a regular basis to see how they read it. The prevailing sentiment was expressed by Erik Manassy, a huge Jets fan, who said that if you can’t grill and gather, it’s not tailgating.

The rules this year will stipulate that all food must be eaten in your car or within the parking space your car is assigned, and you can’t block the roadway. No grills or other open-flame cooking equipment will be allowed.

These parking passes will be pretty valuable. The parking spaces for fans will be cut from 28,000 for regular-season NFL games to just over 12,000 for the Super Bowl.

TICKET PRICES: As of Tuesday morning, lists 1,272 tickets for the game, with prices starting at $3,172. All tickets aren’t yet in the marketplace, however, since a certain number of tickets are reserved for season-ticket holders of the two teams that will ultimately make it to the game. Some people speculate that there could be a huge amount of fluctuation in price for available tickets in the week leading up to the game, and that cold weather could mean prices drop and patient local football fans could find a few bargains.

Not yet, however, unless you operate in a tax bracket where $3,000 is chump change.

Come back daily for more on the issues, logistics and personalities surrounding Super Bowl XLVIII.