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Super Bowl officials prep for rough sledding

The NFL's vice president of events, Frank Supovitz,

The NFL's vice president of events, Frank Supovitz, talks about the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLVIII in his midtown-Manhattan office. (May 29, 2013) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

NFL officials announced Tuesday that Super Bowl Boulevard (a/k/a Broadway) will feature a 60-foot-high, 108-foot long toboggan run in Times Square that could handle up to 50,000 rides in the days leading up to the big game.

No word on whether it will be converted into a new TKTS booth afterward.

But more mundane prep work continues for Super Bowl XLVIII, too, covering everything from transportation to security to, yup, electricity. Remember when the lights went out in New Orleans in February?

“Within two weeks of the Super Bowl we already were out at MetLife Stadium with PSE&G looking at all of the electrical systems, the backups, transformers, how a power failure in one area might be compensated for,’’ said former Newsday paper boy Frank Supovitz, who oversees the game for the NFL.

The matter is sure to come up again 10 days before SB48, when officials undergo their annual Murphy’s Law simulation.

“We hire a facilitator to come in and throw disasters at us and we have to solve them,’’ Supovitz said. “That’s why I think you saw that kind of calm and systematic approach [in New Orleans]. To us it was like another exercise, except we had the benefit of a lot of people watching us.’’


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