Broadway's Super Bowl Boulevard gets bigger

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, left, looks New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, left, looks on as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, right, speaks at a City Hall press conference announcing plans for Super Bowl XLVIII in the region. The New York/New Jersey region's first Super Bowl will see the creation of a "Super Bowl Boulevard" fan attraction along Broadway in midtown Manhattan. (Jan.24, 2012)) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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The NFL said Thursday that plans for Super Bowl Boulevard, which is being billed as the marquee event for fans during the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2, will be extended three more blocks -- from 34th to 47th streets on Broadway. The original plan was to end Super Bowl Boulevard on 44th St.

Super Bowl Boulevard will be open from Jan. 29 -- Feb. 1, from noon-10 p.m. each day. It is a free event for the public and the NFL said it will be open "snow or shine."

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Super Bowl Boulevard will feature an eight-lane toboggan run that is nearly 60 feet high and 180 feet long between 40th and 41st streets. There also will be an autograph and concert stage between 39th and 40th Streets. Current and former NFL players will sign free autographs from noon-5 p.m. each day and then there will a concert each night, which will feature opening and headlining acts.

Other highlights include the opportunity for fans to view and pose for photos with the Lombardi Trophy in a custom-designed tent between 43rd and 44th streets, and photo opportunities with oversized XLVIII Roman numerals between 42nd and 43rd Streets.

The NFL said it expects around 5,300 accredited media members to cover Super Bowl XLVIII, which would be a record for media covering the game. That number, however, could go as high as 5,500. The NFL is also expecting media members from 25 countries to cover the Super Bowl, which would also be a record.

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