The New Meadowlands Stadium is in East Rutherford, New Jersey, just across the state line from New York - and its bid's organisers say February temperatures in the area are usually 24 to 40 degrees.
In the past, the NFL has traditionally insisted that the Super Bowl must be held in areas where the external temperature exceeds 50 degrees Farenheit (10 degrees Celsius) - or in a stadium with a dome or closed roof.
But the Super Bowl Advisory Committee agreed to waive that rule to allow the New York/New Jersey bid for Super Bowl XLVIII.
The voting required four ballots to separate the candidate stadiums, as no bid received backing from the required 24 of the 32 NFL team owners in the first ballot.
Miami, a 10-time Super Bowl host, was eliminated on the second ballot, with New York/New Jersey winning via a simple majority on the fourth ballot.
The next three Super Bowls will be held in Dallas (2011), Indianapolis (2012) and New Orleans (2013).
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