NFL Gears Up For Next Week's Super Bowl Production Meetings In New Jersey
Nearly 300 officials -- "representatives from the NFL, law-enforcement agencies, construction companies, TV networks and more -- will huddle" next week in Secaucus, N.J., for a Super Bowl XLVIII production meeting, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN N.Y. The "big day is Tuesday, when all the power players will be in one room as the grand Super Bowl plan is spelled out in detail." The remainder of the week will "consist of break-out meetings involving the individual committees." NFL Senior VP/Events Frank Supovitz on Thursday said, "Next week is a big week for us. We're going to get a lot of road behind us." The three primary focuses for next week's meetings are "stadium alterations and construction, media day at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and the Super Bowl Boulevard -- the 10-block stretch along Broadway that will be shut down for a Super Bowl-type village, free and open to the public." The NFL will meet Monday night at league offices "with government and business leaders to discuss the Super Bowl Boulevard." Another "major issue is security." The league will "use 2½ miles of fencing to secure the perimeter of the stadium and, of course, metal detectors at the gates" (ESPNNY.com, 6/6).