"There's been a lot of planning for a lot of months and even years in making this Super Bowl successful, and that's in large part because of the broad metropolitan area that we're in," Goodell said. "Super Bowl Boulevard is an incredible opportunity for us to share this with our community here in the New York/New Jersey region. That's what football's all about.
"That's what the Super Bowl's all about."
So if you want to bring the Big Game to your city, listen up. Round up your civic, business and community groups, form a bid committee and raise plenty of cash to cover the costs because it's not cheap. The host New York-New Jersey committee raised $70 million to host the event.
"Our hope," Smolenski said, "is this affords opportunities for cities like Philadelphia to pursue a bid."
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