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Starting with little, he now has 29 full-time employees working in two offices in the Super Bowl organizing committee. The group is closing in on the $60 million needed to run the events surrounding the NFL title game, has signed on 12,000 volunteers and enlisted an impressive list of corporate sponsors. He still needs to enlist 6,000 volunteers and make sure all are trained.
“As a host committee, our Super Bowl is really Monday to Saturday,” Kelly told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from New Orleans. “That’s what we are all about. That’s when the economic benefit that will come about for the local communities, the businesses and the government is going to happen with the large amount chiefly on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.”
On game day next year, the only job the organizers have is to make sure the teams get to the stadium. The NFL then runs the show.
Kelly and 16 members of his team visited every Super Bowl site in New Orleans this past week, sat in on all the meetings and walked the streets to see how things were going. The goal is to be prepared for 200,000-plus people to descend on our NY-NJ area and to offer them the opportunity to have some fun, spend some money and benefit the region.
“My other hope is that with the extraordinary entertainment opportunities in the region that on Feb. 3, that Monday, people are thinking they only saw half of what they would have liked to have seen and it spurs them to make a return trip to the area,” Kelly said.
Palsi, the owner of Redd’s which is less than a mile from the 80,000-seat stadium, said the Super Bowl is going to bring droves people to the area, much like when the Meadowlands Racetrack opened in 1976. Nightly crowds at the track were in the tens of thousands and local businesses benefited.
Palsi was diplomatic about his favorite team.
“If I bet on the Jets, I’m a Jets’ fans,” he said. “If I bet on the Giants, I’m a Giants fan.”
Outside the restaurant, Jim Clark of Little Ferry was taking a cigarette break. He wore his Jets’ baseball cap and a Giants’ shirt. He wasn’t shy saying he would prefer the Jets played in the game.
“I think it will be a good turnout no matter what” the 56-year-old Clark said.
Back at the racetrack, Jeff Salerno, 56, of Franklin said most area residents wouldn’t have a problem coming to watch a cold-weather game, and he felt the economic benefit would be good for the region.
“Me, I won’t be nowhere near here on Super Bowl Sunday,” Salerno said. “Sure it will be different. New Jersey wanted it. I’ll watch it, like I am going to tonight, on TV.”
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