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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The four-day celebration in Midtown Manhattan leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII will indeed feature a gigantic toboggan run, NFL senior VP of events Frank Supovitz told WFAN radio on Tuesday.
The eight-lane toboggan run will be 58 feet high and 180 feet long. Artist renderings of the ride were obtained and published by the New York Daily News.
“We can get about 700 to 1,000 people down that thing in an hour,” Supovitz said on the “Boomer & Carton” show.
New York City will close Broadway from 34th to 44th street in the days leading up to the N.Y.-N.J. Super Bowl. Supovitz anticipates as many as 1 million people will make their way through the “Super Bowl Boulevard” fan festival, which runs from Jan. 29 through Feb. 1.
“The toboggan run is just one of the incredible things we’ve got going on there,” Supovitz said. “We’ve got a big digital mapping show of NFL Films footage on the Broadway side of Macy’s. That’s going to be huge.”
Supovitz said the giant XLVIII roman numerals will be revealed in Times Square on the night of Wednesday, Jan. 29. The Super Bowl is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
He detailed some security plans for the game, adding that the NFL has been working with local law enforcement to ensure fans will be safe at “Super Bowl Boulevard.”
“NYPD has been literally at our side every step of the way,” Supovitz said. “We know we sometimes have to change things up because of prevailing conditions or any kind of news … like the Boston Marathon. When we got to the draft, we had to increase the level of security at the draft this year at Radio City Music Hall. So we’re ready to respond.”
As for the weather, Supovitz was confident the game would kick off as scheduled. But considering it’s the NFL’s first outdoor cold-weather Super Bowl, there’s the chance a perfect storm could knock the game off its Sunday perch.
“There’s always that possibility, and we have that plan for every game on any given Sunday,” Supovitz said. “The great likelihood is that we’re going to be kicking off the ball at 6:28 on Super Bowl Sunday. That’s what we’re focused on. But we also know that we have to have contingency plans.”
Super Bowl Media Day is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Prudential Center in Newark.
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