The Hoboken Events Committee for the next Superbowl that will be hosted at Met Life Stadium in 2014 lead by Hoboken resident Scott Katz held a meeting last night at his home at Bloomfield Street for the members of the committee.
Last night Bill LaRosa, Head of the Huddle Country Huddle Zone for the NY/NJ Host Committee attended this meeting and addressed Committee, filling everyone in on the Super Bowl initiative from the Official perspective. Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Freeholder Anthony Romano was also in attendance along with about 50 committee members.
Scott Katz explained the role of the commitee in his email to members before the meeting:
“Since our formation, the Hoboken Events Committee has been working a bit more independently of the Official NY/NJ Host Committee than any other city in New Jersey. The reasons for that were pragmatic, but given our results thus far it was seemingly a chance worth taking. Our group now has serious credibility and there will be strength in numbers, so I need everybody to show up so he can see first-hand what we have worked so hard to create.
And that segues into what, we, the Hoboken Events Committee, will now need to create—“The Cauldron.”
We have been given permission by the NFL for use of the Roman Numerals to create an iconic “XLVIII,” with the NYC skyline serving as the backdrop. This is a game changer. This is our centerpiece. When I said, “If we build it, they will come,” I meant it. So now we can build it.
What we will be building is an attraction, something that people are going to come seek out. Other cities in NJ will have events—some better than others, some just for the sake of doing something. What we are creating is an attraction, something that is going to make Super Bowl visitors feel a NEED to come to Hoboken Of course there is still a lot of work to be done in order tocreate the cauldron, and eventually Super Bowl Square…”
So the question is, if you build it will they come? TheBoken.com thinks yes. It could be a very big draw for sports fans to visit Hoboken for a most unique photo op with NYC views. There are some pretty cool events planned as well but this attraction when built could really be a big boost to Hoboken’s businesses if it is well executed.
“The Cauldron” – Concept art provided by Jan Tompkins