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New York/New Jersey to host Super Bowl in 2014

The New Meadowlands Stadium, venue for the 2014 Super Bowl
The New Meadowlands Stadium will host its first NFL games later this year

The National Football League has announced that 2014's Super Bowl will be played in New York/New Jersey.

The 82,566-capacity New Meadowlands Stadium, which will be home to the New York Giants and New York Jets, opened in April at a cost of $1.6bn (£1.1bn).

However, it will be the first time the NFL showpiece event, set to take place in early February, will be held outdoors in a cold climate.

Florida rivals Miami and Tampa were the two unsuccessful bidding cities.

The record for the coldest Super Bowl was set at Tulane Stadium, New Orleans in 1972, when the game kicked off in the temperature of 39 degrees Farenheit - but this may be broken in 2014.

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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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