Super Bowl 2014 Belongs to New York / New Jersey

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Views from the upper deck of the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

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The late, great Frank Sinatra is smiling. Come 2014, the NFL’s biggest game will be played just off Broadway.

ESPN confirms that the NFL’s owners have officially awarded Super Bowl XLVIII to the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The report cautions to not expect this type of decision to be routine, as the league made a one-time exemption to its 50-degree temperature rule for the championship venue.

Both the New York Giants and New York Jets made an aggressive bid to bring the Super Bowl to their new stadium. Before it hits New York, the next three championship games will be held in indoor venues — Dallas’s Cowboys Stadium (2011), Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium (2012) and New Orleans’ Superdome (2013).

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