Giants president John Mara thrilled at NY/NJ Super Bowl experience
Giants president John Mara has been so impressed by the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl experience that he believes you'll be seeing more Super Bowls here in the years to come.
"I think it's pretty safe to say we'll be looking to do this again," Mara said shortly before kickoff of Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seahawks and Broncos Sunday night at MetLife Stadium. "I've just had so much positive feedback from different owners that I think we should do it again. It's exceeded my expectations. It's run as smoothly as can be. I could not be more pleased with how everything has gone."
Mara said he was particularly impressed by the "cooperation between New Jersey, New York and New York City. It has been extraordinary."
Mara said the myriad attractions of the New York metropolitan area might convince his fellow owners to bring the game back at some point in the not-too-distant future.
"Let's face it. No other region in the country has what we have to offer, between New York and New Jersey," he said. "To see how many people are in the city enjoying themselves, seeing all the events going on, it went very smoothly. I couldn't be more pleased."
Mara was just hoping the rest of the day and night would go smoothly.
"Let's get through the rest of this game first," he said after initially being asked about hosting another Super Bowl. "Hopefully, the lights will stay on and there won't be any wardrobe malfunctions."
Mara was referring to last year's Super Bowl in New Orleans, when a power failure knocked out most of the lights in the Superdome during the second half, and Super Bowl XLVIII 10 years ago, when Janet Jackson had her infamous incident while she performed with Justin Timberlake.
Mara said the week went off without a hitch.
"I expected there to be problems all the time, just because it's such a big event, just because there's so many government entities," he said. "If you're in Phoenix or Indianapolis, it's a different animal. Here you've got New York, New Jersey, New York City, and New York City is transitioning over to the [Bill] de Blasio government. The cooperation was unbelievable."
Mara said he has gotten positive feedback from many of his fellow owners. "A few of them said, 'Why did we wait so long?' '' he said. "We'll see what happens. I don't see any reason why we don't start talking about doing this again."
Mara said he expects other owners of teams with outdoor stadiums in northern cities to bid for future Super Bowls.
"I think you'll see that, yes,'' he said. "But let's face it. There's only one area like this that can offer what we've been able to offer this past week. Some of them have already asked me about it. Everybody wants to host the game, and there will be a lot of competition for it. You've got some new stadiums coming on board that would be in the running for it, but I think we have a good chance at doing this again at some point."
Mara was told that there were problems with overcrowding at the train stations used by fans, although 75,000 fans were through security at the stadium by 5 p.m. According to the NFL, it's the earliest that many fans have been in place at a Super Bowl.
"I'm just hearing about what is happening at the train stations," Mara said.
His only regret? "Obviously, I wish we were playing it,'' he said, "but I'm pretty proud it's in this building."