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NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee to commence Super Bowl week with concert, fireworks display

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Mon, Jan 20th 2014 09:35 am

"Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular" featuring performances by Daughtry, Goo Goo Dolls and starring Macy's fireworks along Hudson River at Liberty State Park

Free event tickets available now at SBKickoffSpectacular.com

Area football fans and visitors to New York and New Jersey will have a unique opportunity to welcome Super Bowl XLVIII to the region, as the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, in partnership with Macy's, will produce the "Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular," a free, ticketed event featuring performances by Daughtry and Goo Goo Dolls, with additional acts to be announced, and a first-class Macy's fireworks show.

The kickoff event, the first to be associated with a Super Bowl, will take place Monday, Jan. 27, along the Hudson River at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J., and serve as the official launch to the weeklong events.

Hosted by Fox Sports' Joe Buck and Erin Andrews, with reporting by "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks, portions of the "Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular Starring Macy's Fireworks" will air nationally Monday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. on FOX Sports 1 (check local listings). During the show, Sparks will report from Macy's Herald Square and contribute with Super Bowl food and fashion segments. The live concert event at Liberty State Park will begin at 7:30 p.m.

"Super Bowl XLVIII is no stranger to historic 'firsts,' and the 'Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular' will be a special part of the groundbreaking theme so closely associated with this game," said Robert Wood "Woody" Johnson, co-chairman of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee. "The Super Bowl experience in New Jersey and New York promises to be unlike any other, and this event will serve as an exciting, welcoming start to the week."

"As momentum builds for Super Bowl XLVIII, and all eyes turn to New York and New Jersey, the 'Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular' will serve as a rally for the incredible residents of and visitors to the region," said Jonathan Tisch, co-chairman of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee. "We are excited to hold this event for our region's fans, allowing them to be a part of the celebratory fanfare that will drive momentum for the continuation of the week as we welcome the world to New Jersey and New York."

"We are thrilled to partner with the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee to produce this incredible spectacle that will officially launch Super Bowl week for the very first time in our own backyard," said Martine Reardon, Macy's chief marketing officer. "Macy's own signature fireworks display will cap off an exciting show featuring fantastic musical performances. The 'Kickoff Spectacular' promises to be an extraordinary start to the weeklong party, culminating with Super Bowl XLVIII."

Ending the evening with a big bang, the world-famous Macy's fireworks will set the sky ablaze with a display of pyrotechnic firepower. Choreographed to an energetic soundtrack featuring songs from top music stars, including Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, Bruno Mars, Lady GaGa and more, the 13-minute spectacle will be fired from two barges on the Hudson River, flanking the Statue of Liberty. The fireworks display will feature Macy's signature high-flying, multi-level explosions reaching heights of 1,000-feet, making the spectacle visible to spectators in the surrounding area.

Limited quantities of free general admission tickets are available to the public via www.SBKickoffSpectacular.com. Tickets are required in order to access the space and prime viewing of Macy's fireworks at Liberty State Park.

Additionally, a VIP opportunity is available for fans wishing to enjoy a pre-concert experience. The "Host Committee NJ Warming Lodge" at Maritime Parc Restaurant will offer a pre-concert experience, including comfort food, soft drinks and hot beverages. The VIP ticket, available for $40, includes a reserved viewing location for the concert and Macy's fireworks.

For fans traveling by car, free limited parking will be available (an advance parking pass is required and available on the website). Event organizers suggest public transportation and request spectators refrain from bringing large bags, backpacks, strollers, liquids or coolers. All bags are subject to search.

The NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee is the entity created by the owners of the New York Giants and the New York Jets to raise the necessary funds and partner with the NFL to plan and stage Super Bowl XLVIII and all of its associated events. The host committee also works closely with area business leaders and public officials to coordinate key logistics and maximize the game's positive economic impact for the region.

Additionally, in an effort to give back to the surrounding region, the host committee supports an active roster of charitable initiatives, largely conducted through the work of the Snowflake Youth Foundation, including the rehabilitation of after-school centers, support for the Super Community Blood Drives, and various environmental works.

Super Bowl XLVIII will be history's first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl. It will be held Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium, the home of both the Giants and the Jets.

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