2014 Super Bowl Events Around New York City

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by nycgo.com staff, 11/05/2013

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The Super Bowl is coming to MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014, and the New York City area will host a slew of related events in the week leading up to the big game. We've rounded up some of the best below. Be sure to check back frequently; we'll update our listings as the game approaches.

Madden NFL Football: 25 Years and Running
When: Through February 23
Where: Museum of the Moving Image
More Info: movingimage.us
This exhibition covers the history of the world's most popular football video game, and includes playable versions of classic versions. We'd be most excited to play the original 1988 edition for the Apple II.

You Make the Call: Learn to be an NFL Official
When: Through February 28
Where: Children's Museum of Manhattan
More Info: cmom.org
As its title suggests, this exhibition gives youngsters a chance to learn how NFL officials do their jobs—attractions include an interactive replay booth, a "Zebra Dance" that combines officiating signals with rhythmic movement, and an obstacle course.

Gridiron Greats
When: January 24–February 10
Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
More Info: metmuseum.org
The Metropolitan Museum of Art might not be the first place you think of when football comes up, but even this high-minded institution is getting into the Super Bowl spirit with an exhibition of vintage football cards.

Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular
When: January 27
Where: Liberty State Park
More Info: eventbrite.com
The NY/NJ Super Bowl host committee hosts a concert with Daughtry and the Goo Goo Dolls, plus fireworks. It's free, but you need tickets. To get them, visit eventbrite.com.

The Puppy Bowl Experience
When: January 27–February 1
Where: Discovery Times Square
More Info: discoverytsx.com
Now that's what we call a pooch punt! This free-but-ticketed event features puppies playing on a miniature football field (and, frankly, displaying little to no knowledge of the game), a "kissing booth" where spectators can share affection with their furry friends, a Puppy Bowl Hall of Fame and even—from 4 to 7pm each day—on-site adoption events with help from the ASPCA.

VH1 Super Bowl Blitz
January 27–February 1
Where: Various locations
More Info: vh1.com
VH1 hosts shows in all five boroughs and New Jersey. The acts and locations are as follows: J. Cole in Queens on January 27, Janelle Monae in the Bronx on January 28, Fall Out Boy in Brooklyn on January 29, TLC in Manhattan on January 30, Goo Goo Dolls in Staten Island on January 31 and Gavin DeGrew in New Jersey on February 1. For more info, visit vh1.com.

Super Bowl Media Day
January 28
Where: Prudential Center
A small number of tickets will be made available to the public for Super Bowl Media Day, giving fans a chance to see stars from the AFC and NFC champion teams as they face reporters from the broadcast, print and digital media. Imagine yourself at 8 years old (or your own football-crazed 8-year-old son or daughter)—there's no way you'd turn down the chance. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.

Super Bowl Boulevard
When: January 29–February 1
Where: Broadway, from 34th to 44th Streets
Pose with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, ride in a toboggan, get autographs, kick a field goal and more during this interactive football-themed experience. For more information, visit nycgo.com/superbowl.

Black History Month Gala Concert
When: January 31
Where: Apollo Theater
This Super Bowl–week event benefits various nonprofit organizations and includes gospel performances by Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Pastor Marvin Sapp and the Mass Gospel Choir of the First Corinthian Baptist Church. Also playing: jazz luminaries Cecil Bridgewater and Arturo O'Farrill, plus Regina Belle, Valerie Simpson and Lalah Hathaway. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.

Rebuilding Together
January 31
Where: Moonachie, NJ
Like many communities in the New York City area, Moonachie, NJ, was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy. Volunteers have been working to repair homes in the community, and at this event they'll dedicate a new playground built with the help of nonprofit organization Carter's Kids.

Super Bowl Gospel Celebration
January 31
Where: The Theater at Madison Square Garden
The NFL Players Choir and Grammy Award–winning gospel artists team up to entertain the crowd at this uplifting event, which is in its 15th year. For more information, visit superbowlgospel.com.

DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl
When: February 1
Where: Pier 40, Hudson River Park
More Info: The Celebrity Beach Bowl Official Facebook page
NFL alumni (including Joe Montana and LaDainian Tomlinson) and famous people (including Guy Fieri and Tracy Morgan) play in a heated tent. Postgame, Paramore performs. It's free, and the game starts at 2pm sharp. But you should probably arrive early—organizers expect a sellout.

Celebrity Flag Football Challenge
When: February 1
Where: Soccer Coliseum, Teaneck, NJ
Former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie and hip-hop artist Nelly lead opposing teams in this friendly game. Soccer Coliseum is located at Teaneck Armory, a New Jersey National Guard facility. Proceeds from the game will benefit military families. For tickets, call 1-800-725-9423, extension 818.

Taste of the NFL
February 1
Where: Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, Pier 12
Chefs from every NFL city, including Nobu New York and Tribeca Grill from NYC, serve local dishes alongside a current or former member of their team. In addition to being an opportunity for foodies and football fans to unite, the event serves a good cause—proceeds support food banks in every NFL locale. For more information, visit tasteofthenfl.com.

Touchdown at Bronx Terminal Market
February 1
Where: Bronx Terminal Market
More Info: bronxterminalmarket.com
This event, which runs noon–3pm, features an autograph-and-photo session with Super Bowl XXV MVP Ottis Anderson (1–2pm), a football-toss game and a throwing clinic guided by local college players.

Celebrity Sweat Ultimate Workout Challenge
When: February 2
Where: City College of New York
Billy Blanks (co-creator of Tae Bo) and Celebrity Sweat's "Eric the Trainer" lead a morning of fitness before Super Bowl Sunday devolves into a frenzy of guacamole-and-hot-wing consumption. The event is free, but reservations are required. To reserve a spot, call 1-800-725-9423, extension 818.

related venues/(4)

  1. 1
    MetLife Stadium
    One MetLife Stadium Drive
    NJ 07073
  2. 2
    Gerald W. Lynch Theater (at John Jay College)
    899 Tenth Ave
    Manhattan – Upper West Side
    NY 10019
  3. 3
    The Theater at Madison Square Garden
    4 Pennsylvania Plaza
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10001
  1. 4
    City College of New York
    Shepard Hall, 137th St. at Convent Ave

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