How to find fan fun in N.Y.C. during Super Bowl XLVIII
The Super Bowl party spills beyond New Jersey to the Big Apple. Here’s where to find the fun — plus tips for saving money on flights and hotels.
Seattle Times NWTraveler editor
Northwest travel guides
If the Seahawks go to the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, you could go party with the crowds in New York — even if you can’t afford an ultra-high-priced seat for the game.
Although the Super Bowl will be played in nearby New Jersey, most of the fan fun and classic attractions are in the Big Apple. Here’s a rundown, plus tips on flights and hotels:
Super Bowl Boulevard: This mostly free 14-block NFL playland will stretch along Broadway in the heart of Manhattan with concerts, video celebrations of football, NFL players’ autograph sessions, interactive-video games and even a toboggan hill for urban sledding ($5). And, of course, there will be lots of football-themed shopping. Open Jan 29-Feb. 1. nfl.com/superbowl/48/events/boulevard
The Boulevard is the big, official fan event. Jersey towns, including East Rutherford, where the MetLife Stadium hosts the game, are holding smaller events.
More Super Bowl fun: For official events, see the NFL’s nynjsuperbowl.com. New York’s tourism office has listings at
For something completely different, join the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration in Madison Square Garden, with gospel stars and the NFL Players Choir,
If you’re looking for a sports bar to watch the game, Yelp has many reviews at yelp.com/c/nyc/sportsbars
See the sights: Tear yourself away from football to enjoy some classic New York attractions.
Take a walk on the High Line, the elevated-railway line turned into a park, to counteract Super Bowl excess food and beer.
Get high on views from the top of the Empire State Building or Rockefeller Center.
Take a Circle Line tour boat to see everything from the Manhattan skyline to the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge.
At the National September 11 Memorial, remember those who perished.
Get world-class looks at culture and nature at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art or the American Museum of Natural History.
Get more info on all of these attractions at nycgo.com
Half-price plays: Super Bowl weekend comes as Broadway theaters offer 2-for-1 tickets from Jan. 21 to Feb. 6, including for blockbusters such as “Pippin.” nycgo.com/broadwayweek
Lunar New Year parade: Enjoy the annual Chinese New Year parade and street fair in Lower Manhattan on Feb. 2 (yes, game day).
Go run: Get off the couch on Super Bowl morning and join a 4-mile race — and football-throw competition — with the New York Road Runners:
For every Super Bowl, the prices of hotels and flights soar. Here’s how to trim costs.
Take a bet on the Seahawks and buy a Seattle-New York flight now before they get even pricier if the Seahawks win their game Sunday. You’ll have to swallow the flight cancellation fee if the Hawks don’t make it to the Super Bowl and you don’t go ($125 on Alaska).
Or try this: Under federal law you have 24 hours after purchase to cancel or change an airline ticket without penalty. So buy a ticket just before this Sunday’s game then cancel, within the time frame, if the Seahawks lose. At least you’ll lose no money.
Where to stay
Rates at even basic Manhattan hotels start around $450 a night for Super Bowl weekend.
Comparison shop at or to see prices from many travel websites. If you find a place you like, phone the hotel directly to confirm and book; if you’re booking shortly before the Super Bowl you could try to wrangle a lower price; hotels might discount rather than have rooms go empty.
Check hotel alternatives such as (spare-room rentals), hostels and B&Bs. Bedandbreakfast.com had Manhattan rooms for around $300 a night on Super Bowl weekend. Or in trendy Brooklyn, B&Bs were under $200 a night (as of a Tuesday Web search).
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