Best seat in their house: Local fans prefer to huddle indoors for Super Bowl

Best seat in their house: Local fans prefer to huddle indoors for Super Bowl


Best seat in their house: Local fans prefer to huddle indoors for Super Bowl


The hype is over. The mind-numbing sports radio debates are finished, Super Bowl Boulevard is just Broadway again and the Broncos and Seahawks are as ready as they’re going to be.

Let the game begin.

As the New York area hosts its first Super Bowl, fans in the Lower Hudson Valley, lacking a local team to cheer for, are treating the big game with, shall we say, a less than frenzied interest. Oh, they’ll be watching, and some will even root for one team or the other. But residents interviewed by The Journal News last week said that even if they had a ticket, they weren’t particularly interested in going to the game and didn’t know anyone who was.

“It’s still the Super Bowl, and I’ll definitely be watching, but somehow it doesn’t feel like that big a deal, even if they are playing at MetLife Stadium,” said stock analyst and Pelham resident Tom Weathers, 41, who said he was going to a Super Bowl party at a friend’s house.

The NFL allocated about 5,000 game tickets to both the Jets and Giants, and both teams held lotteries to give their season-ticket holders a chance to buy the ducats. As a third-generation Giants season-ticket holder, Weathers said, he’d hoped to win a pair, but he wouldn’t have used them if he had.

“I’d have sold them,” he said, laughing. “I don’t care about either team, but I know I could have made some money if I had tickets to the game. Of course, if the Giants were playing, I’d have found a way to go.”

Steve Toth, 60, a retired police detective from Congers, has been to eight Super Bowls, but he had little interest in going to this one.

“It’s not going to be the same atmosphere, with the game here and the cold weather,” the longtime Jets fan said. “The Super Bowl is an event. It’s fun going to a warm-weather city this time of year and enjoying all the parties and events, but it wouldn’t feel the same so close to home.”

Toth plans to watch the game with friends. Like Weathers, he said things would be different if his team were playing.

“No ifs, ands or buts about it,” he said. “If the Jets were in it, you couldn’t stop me from going.”

For some, it doesn’t matter which teams are playing.

“I’m not a sports fanatic, but I like being in cheering crowds,” said Nancy Shenker, CEO of theONswitch, a Yonkers-based marketing firm. “Last year, I watched the game with a couple of friends, but the Super Bowl is a big event, and if I’m going to watch a big event, I want to be in a crowd.”

Shenker, 58, of Chappaqua, said she plans to watch the game at an indoor “tailgating party” at MTK Tavern in Mount Kisco.

“I’m glad I found out about it,” she said. “The menu looks amazing — I’m calling all of my friends and encouraging them to go. It should be a great time.”

She laughed when asked whether she would go to New Jersey to be part of the big crowd if she had the chance.

“I hate the cold,” she said. “I’d go if the tickets were for a skybox and included a limo.”

Though the region’s residents seem somewhat indifferent about the nation’s biggest sporting event, Carolyn Prill, a 27-year-old Mount Kisco native who lived in Denver and Boulder, Colo., before moving to Chicago, is so psyched about the Broncos playing that she and a friend planned to come to New York for the weekend, even though they don’t have tickets.

“I just want to be in the general vicinity of the game,” she said. “I’ll be killing two birds with one stone — visiting relatives in Westchester and New Jersey and being around all the hoopla. … I’m hoping we’ll find a Broncos bar to cheer them on and party during the game.”

Prill planned to arrive Saturday morning and return home Monday night.

“Hopefully I”ll have a big smile on my face because the Broncos won,” she said.

Twitter: @RichLiebson


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