Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Value of Venue


I typically don’t get overly excited about the location of the super bowl.  I do understand it has a significant financial impact to the city which is selected. I am not located in any of those locations and just watch it on TV anyway. Due to the price of tickets, I would not even consider going to the game unless it was the Dolphins playing in it.  The last year I have followed the location enough to know that the bid process for the big game has become very competitive.  Massive new high tech stadiums in places like Dallas and San Francisco have been constructed in part to attract the big game.
Miami has won many super bowl bids through the years.  Mr. Ross raised some controversy when he tried to get a loan from Miami in an attempt to upgrade Joe Robbie stadium to stay competitive in getting those bids.  From what I understand this is not all that uncommon, owners typically ask for state or city funds to build or upgrade stadiums all the time. I did find it interesting a former owner named Norman Braman became involved to prevent this from happening. I also found it interesting a politician did not give the people a chance to even vote on it.  I don’t have a stance on the proposals Mr. Ross was trying to bring forward for a vote. I am not from Miami and they had no impact on me directly.  I just found it interesting people in positions of power and wealth chose to block it.  I personally think there were some hidden agendas involved and I think it was unlikely those agendas represented the people of Miami.   Of course the NFL took it as Miami was not able to meet the demands they set forth for a super bowl and just moved on giving it to another city.  This could very well be the outcome the people involved in blocking the stadium upgrade were looking for.
Fast forward to today.  The NFL chose MetLife Stadium as the venue for the biggest sporting event of the year. Let me just write that again, THE NFL SELECTED EAST RUTHERFORD NJ OVER MIAMI FLORIDA during the heart of winter as the venue for the super bowl.  No offense to the people of NJ, but that was just plain stupid.  I just read today that the ticket price for the event has now fallen 40%, the lowest since 2002! There are still several days to go and I expect these prices to continue to fall.  Bottom line the powerful elite can try to block Miami from a venue and the NFL can turn their nose up on Miami. However, you simply can’t beat the weather and the electricity in the air for a night game in south Florida this time of year.  The NFL can force a city to pay for a costly indoor complex or even just have the event in the snow. Bottom line venue sells, and Miami is the best venue for the super bowl.
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Well you may be right about Miami, gofins4sb, but you are off base about East Rutherford.
The Super Bowl is awarded to owners who make presentations to the league. Both the Giants and Jets were awarded this Super Bowl.
Like most awarded cities, the actual stadiums are not within their city limits, including Sun Life Stadium.
The Super Bowl requires not only a state of the art venue, but also a region that can offer entertainment beyond just the game.
This year, the NFL is experimenting with an outdoor cold weather venue. MetLife stadium is absolutely state of the art. I know, I just refereed a State Championship football game there in early December. Its awesome!
The teams are staying in Jersey City, at hotels on the Hudson River. They can reach out and touch the NYC skyline. Its breathtaking. Last night, at Liberty State Park, overlooking the Statue of Liberty, a concert and fireworks sponsored by Macy's took place.
Throughout the week, there are other concerts at different venues in NJ and NYC. Broadway in NYC will be closed vetween 34th and 48th streets starting at Herald Square and running up through Times Square beginning tomorrow for the NFL Experience. Basically a huge street fair with an NFL flair. This runs through Saturday.
The Super Bowl is much more than just the game. Its a major event now that requires an entire region to get involved. Wednesday night Yankee Stadium is hosting an outdoor NHL game between the Rangers and Islanders as part of their Stadium Series. There are also Devils, Knicks and Nets games, St Johns, Rutgers and Seton Hall games, Broadway plays, sight seeing, Museums, awesome dining experiences plus only a 2 hour trip to Atlantic City to gamble.
The Super Bowl was and will always be awarded to an entire region. And we are very proud to have it up here in both New Jersey and NYC.

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Ooops...forgot skiing only an hour away...the fans will have so much to do its rediculous.

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I don't doubt that the area is loaded with things to do as well as a state of the art stadium. I certainly am not trying to slight the people or area of NJ. However the demand for tickets for this game have proven to be very poor. I think is mainly due to the weather. I would say the venue dropped the avg ticket price at least $1000 per ticket and last I saw this price is still falling. Take that times the capacity and there is a massive amount of revenue being lost. I don't think that would be the case in Miami

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I don't doubt that the area is loaded with things to do as well as a state of the art stadium. I certainly am not trying to slight the people or area of NJ. However the demand for tickets for this game have proven to be very poor. I think is mainly due to the weather. I would say the venue dropped the avg ticket price at least $1000 per ticket and last I saw this price is still falling. Take that times the capacity and there is a massive amount of revenue being lost. I don't think that would be the case in Miami

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That's on the secondary market. The game is sold out. The NFL has made their money. The scalpers are worried. Their problem is the two teams are from across the country Without a strong fan base here.. Many locals are not looking to spend heavey to go see the game in person with Denver and Seattle in it. Now if Dallas, 49ers, Pitt, Miami, Bears, Packers, Oakland were in it, then ticket resales would be higher as they have plenty of fans around here.I thought more local people would look to buy just to see the game but $1000 A TICKET IS ALOT OF MONEY.