Ryan Hanrahan, Steve Pancione
New York has created a giant NFL themed park that stretches from Harold Square to 47th Street
You'd think the Giants or Jets were playing in this weekend's Super Bowl.
New Yorkers have flocked to Times Square by the thousands to experience Super Bowl Boulevard, the NFL-themed party that has taken over more than 12 blocks on Broadway.
From Harold Square through 47th Street, football fans of all ages have come to experience a “local” Super Bowl. While most fans are from New York, there are some Denver and Seattle fans who
made the trip to the Super Bowl.
"This is my second trip to the Super Bowl and we're going to win this darn thing," a Seahawks fan who goes by "Cannonball" said.
Cannonball made the trip with five other family members from Seattle to New York. He says Seahawks fans are
loud for a reason.
"We are all the way up there in the northwest and the whole nation needs to hear us," he said.
Super Bowl Boulevard will be open Friday and Saturday, from noon until 10 p.m.
"It's awesome. It's once in a lifetime. You may not be able to ever see the Super Bowl again in your lifetime," Jack Werrell, of Bernardsville, New Jersey said.
While most of the NFL fans on Super Bowl Boulevard were from New York and New Jersey, several Connecticut football maniacs made it to New York to check out the NFL experience.
"Just coming down and see. It's so close to Connecticut. Got a chance to see the Lombardy Trophy and took a picture near the roman numerals," Newington resident Bob Catino said.
In addition to the photo opportunities, there are dozens of other events in Times Square, including a field goal kicking contest, a giant toboggan slide, concerts and autographs from NFL players.
"Being a fan, it's a cool experience," said Anson Morgan, an 11th grader at Nonewaug High School in Woodbury.
Anson took the day off with his friend Max Hubert to experience Super Bowl Boulevard.
The giant slide on 40th and Broadway, known as The Toboggan, might be generating the biggest buzz.
"It was awesome. Lots of fun. Definitely worth the wait," Tracy Desarno of Somerville, New Jersey, said after getting off the slide.
Super Bowl Boulevard is open to the public for free, except the toboggan slide which is $5.
It is open from noon to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Visitors are encouraged to use mass transit due to the crowds in New York this weekend.
MTA is running four extra trains per day on Friday. On the New Haven line, an extra train will depart Grand Central at 11:11 p.m., arriving in New Haven at 12:56 a.m.
Metro-North will augment its service further by running all of the trains marked as “Shoppers Specials” on the New Haven Line and the Hudson Line. That means 16 extra trains on the New Haven Line and two extra trains on the Hudson Line. All the trains are indicated in timetables available online and at stations.