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Christie, NFL Announce Events, Activities In N.J. Leading Up To Super Bowl XLVIII

Chris Christie (Photo credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Chris Christie (Photo credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Super Bowl XLVIII will be held at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014, and the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committee is aiming to make it an unforgettable experience that will be remembered for years to come.

On Thursday, Governor Chris Christie and the NFL announced numerous activities that will be held in conjunction with the big game. Such events will take place throughout the state during the week of the game.

Our region’s first Super Bowl is a little more than one year away, and in New Jersey the countdown has officially begun,” Governor Christie said in a press 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.”

The first official event will be Media Day, which will take place on Tuesday, January 28 at the Prudential Center in Newark.

“We appreciate Governor Christie’s leadership and commitment to the Super Bowl,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in the press release. “We look 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.”

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Both teams will prepare for the big game in New Jersey. The NFC champion will practice at the Timex Center and the AFC representative will practice at the Atlantic Health Facility in Florham Park. The NFL’s Tailgate Party, a Super Bowl week staple, will be held at the Grandstand at the Meadowlands Racetrack. That event will take place hours prior to kickoff.

“In late January and early February, the eyes of the world will be on MetLife Stadium and the surrounding area,” NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee president and CEO Al Kelly said in the press release . “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.”

Jets owner Woody Johnson, who is also the co-chairman of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, agrees that this will be an exceptional opportunity to showcase New Jersey and all that it has to offer.

“We are thrilled that visitors to the region will have an opportunity to experience multiple landmarks in New Jersey, beginning with MetLife Stadium and now extending to the Prudential Center and the Meadowlands Racetrack,” Johnson said in the press release. “We are also fortunate to have the players lodging and practicing in New Jersey, which allows their excitement and energy to be felt in the area throughout the entire week.”

The committee’s pregame and postgame parties will also be held in the Garden State, but the committee has not yet announced the venues for those events.

“Each and every year, the events surrounding the Super Bowl become bigger and better,” co-chairman of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee Jonathan Tisch said in the press release. “In 2014, the week-long celebration will begin and end in New Jersey, and our events lineup is sure to bring an immeasurable sense of spirit and exhilaration to the area. (It will) guarantee an unforgettable experience for all.”

Will Super Bowl XLVIII be a hit at MetLife Stadium? Do you plan on attending? Sound off with your thoughts and comments below…