The biggest event in the American sporting calendar is nearly upon us, so what exactly do fans need to know if they’re preparing for a journey to New Jersey for Super Bowl XLVIII?
As the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks prepare to go head to head in the MetLife Stadium, it is the first time in the history of the event that two cities will host it.
Interestingly, it will also be the first time in 38 attempts that the Super Bowl has been played on artificial turf and first to be held in the New York metropolitan area since 1962.
As a result, it is also a great time to visit the city of New York and to enjoy all the delights that one of the world’s highest profile cities has to offer.
The rise of NFL in the UK
The profile of American Football continues to improve in the UK thanks to exceptional television coverage and the introduction of annual games at Wembley.
All are a tremendous spectacle and with the highest points scoring team in the history of the NFL in the form of the Broncos, Super Bowl 48 (XLVIII) promises to be no different.
Veteran quarterback Peyton Manning led an offence that has put 606 points on the board so far and will be aiming to emulate his achievements with the Indianapolis Colts when he snapped up the Vince Lombardi trophy.
They go up against the NFL’s tightest defence, so something has to give.
Pre game events are set to take place in both New York and New Jersey with a section of Broadway in Manhattan set to be transformed in to Super Bowl Boulevard.
Travelling to the big event
The stadium itself is part of the Meadowlands Sports Complex and parking is permit only so taking alternative transport is highly recommended.
It is roughly five miles from Central Park and is served by various coach and rail routes.
Fans are warned to wrap up warm though, as the attempts to host a Super Bowl in a cold weather environment could see cold temperatures and even snow.
In such circumstances the showcase event might even be rescheduled to one of the days immediately before or after the current date of 2 February.
However, the halftime performances from Bruno Mars and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers will surely warm up of the thousands of fans inside the Metlife Stadium.
Tackle Your Finances before You get There
After the cost of tickets and travel, it can be very easy for a trip to go over budget.
If you’re keen to ensure this doesn’t happen then use a prepaid card to purchase goods and services as you’ll be in control of how much you spend.
What’s more, you’ll have the added security of knowing that you can simply top up the card again if necessary or have funds credited again should the card be lost or stolen.
Don’t let your Super Bowl trip end in disaster; go for a touchdown of your own with a prepaid card!
Expert Comment: There are a number of prepaid card providers in the UK that provide USD prepaid travel cards which would be ideal for such a trip. Given that there are 10 or so days to Super Bowl XLVIII, get your travel card as soon as possible to lock in some of the excellent rates available but also to ensure that you receive your travel card prior to travelling. One of the options to consider would be the Caxton FX prepaid card which is free to get and has zero ATM fees for usage abroad; ideal if you’d like to spend your money on half time snacks rather than exchange and withdrawal fees! – Amit Sharma
Amit Sharma is the CEO and Founder of www.prepaid365.com and a senior prepaid industry consultant. You can follow him on LinkedIn.