NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — On the eve of the big game, Super Bowl Boulevard became a super nightmare for many of the thousands who came to be a part of the experience, only to be shut out of some attractions.
As CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez reported Saturday, Seahawks fans, Broncos fans, and the curious alike converged at the crossroads of the world to take part in the activities and see the championship Lombardi Trophy.
Mayor Bill de Blasio even got in on the action, taking a ride down the toboggan slide.
But many who showed up didn’t get to do anything they had planned on doing because the lines were shut down due to overcrowding.
“I really wanted to go on the toboggan, I really wanted to see the Vince Lombardi Trophy. I had three things, those two and then I really wanted to see Cam Newton. Couldn’t do any of them. Got blocked out of all of them,” Broncos fan Lauren Sahagian told Sanchez.
Nevertheless, Seahawks and Broncos supporters tried to make the most of their time in the Big Apple, before their teams hit the gridiron Sunday in New Jersey, CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider reported.
“I think they did a good job, but with the amount of people here it’s kinda hard to really enjoy it,” Broncos fan Jacob Olson told Schneider.
“A good distraction being in New York. Visiting is great, you guys have a wonderful town. It keeps me from getting nervous. Tomorrow morning it will be a different story,” one Seahawks fan said.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said no matter who wins the Super Bowl on Sunday, New York wins.
“We said it was the perfect combination because the Super Bowl is the biggest game on the planet and this is the biggest stage on the planet. And you put those two things together it’s gonna be dynamite,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo says about 1.5 million people visited Super Bowl Boulevard since it opened on Wednesday.
The governor also estimated the Super Bowl brought in about $300 million for the state.
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