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This year’s Super Bowl has the distinction of relying on mass transit to take up to 30,000 fans to the game, so the deadly bombings in the southern Russian city of Volograd have raised worries here. Fuentes added that the suicide attacks on a trolleybus and a train station that killed more than 30 people within weeks of the Winter Olympics also prompted a series of meetings among the planners for Super Bowl security.

ROAD TO THE SUPER BOWL: Times Square has transformed from the Crossroads of the World to Super Bowl Boulevard.

The popular tourist spot in midtown Manhattan now includes a toboggan run, the centerpiece of a Super Bowl-themed outdoor street fair. Hundreds of people watched as the shiny silver Vince Lombardi Trophy made its debut in a glass case, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio joined the crowd for the unveiling of giant lighted Roman numerals XLVIII.

“As a big football fan and even bigger fan of the Big Apple, I could not be more thrilled at what’s happening with Super Bowl Boulevard,” de Blasio said.

PURSUING PEYTON: This Super Bowl could have featured Peyton Manning as the quarterback of the Seahawks.

In March 2012, coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider waited in a private plane in Denver, wondering if Manning would accept a request to meet with the brain trust of the Seahawks to see if that could be a potential landing spot for the free agent quarterback.

But, as Carroll recalled, the entire process was “brief.”

“We tried to get involved with that to see if there was a next stage to the process,” Carroll said, “and there wasn’t.”

Manning decided to go to Denver, of course, and the Seahawks ended up drafting Russell Wilson.

WEATHER WATCH: It appears MetLife Stadium won’t be covered in snow for the Super Bowl.

It’ll still be plenty cold on Sunday, but the bone-chilling temperatures many were concerned about might not be too much of a worry, either.

According to the National Weather Service, Sunday’s high temperature is expected to be 38 degrees - which would make it the coldest of the 48 Super Bowls. With the opening kickoff scheduled for about 6:30 p.m., the mercury could drop into the 20s by the time the game ends.

“I was expecting unbearable cold,” Broncos safety Duke Ihenacho said. “It’ll be cold, but it’s nothing we haven’t seen in Denver.”


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