NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — There are just seven days left until kickoff on Super Bowl Sunday and the Tri-State area is in full swing gearing up for the big game.
Construction workers have braved biting temperatures in the crossroads of the world to create a crossroads of Super Bowl mania, CBS 2’s Janelle Burrell reported.
“It’s gonna be awesome. Actually right over there is where they’re gonna have the Vince Lombardi Trophy,” event staffer John Noll said.
“They’re gonna have the toboggan down there, there’s gonna be so much to do,” Noll said, “It’s great for tourists, great for New York, how could you not like this.”
For four days the area will be jam-packed with events, games, and concerts offering a full Super Bowl experience free of charge.
Frigid temperatures may not be enough to keep fans from showing up as die-hard hockey fans crammed into Yankee Stadium for a hockey game between the Devils and Rangers on Sunday.
“It doesn’t get much better than this,” David Turner said, “You look at the Broncos, you look at the Seahawks, it has to be cold for that game. If it was 45 degrees it wouldn’t feel the same.”
In New Jersey, members of New Hope Baptist Church in East Orange donned football jerseys in a show of pride for the big game coming to the Garden State.
“It’s good for Jersey to have this and we can showcase the state,” Stephen Prejean said.
The first major kickoff event, a concert featuring Daughtry and the Goo Goo Dolls was planned for Monday night at Liberty State Park. The concert will be followed by a Macy’s fireworks show.
As fans geared up for the big game the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks were also entering their final week of preparation. The Broncos landed in New Jersey on Sunday afternoon, CBS 2’s Steve Overmyer reported.
Quarterback Peyton Manning waved and flashed a smile for the crowd and local officials were enthusiastic about the chance to showcase the Tri-State area to the rest of the world.
“It’s an opportunity to showcase Jersey City to the world and we view this as an investment and dollars well spent,” Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop told CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez.
Fans were out to greet both teams as they arrived in New Jersey. Seahawks fan Gary Williams flew in from Seattle to see his team play in the big game.
“They’ve been fantastic. Everybody’s been real helpful. See people on the street and they holler ‘Go Hawks!'” he told CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez.
Some fans didn’t have to travel across the country. Karl and Cayla Molnar came up from Jackson, N.J. to watch the Seahawks arrive.
“It’s been a long time coming and it’s great now that they’re in New Jersey,”Karl said.
The team will be staying at the Hyatt Jersey City, team press conferences will be held on a Hoboken based ship called the Majesty.
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