Football fans and the curious crowd New York's 'Super Bowl Blvd'

Wed Jan 29, 2014 7:54pm EST
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By Victoria Cavaliere

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The largest show on Broadway opened in New York on Wednesday when the city turned over a 3/4 mile stretch of Midtown for a "Super Bowl Boulevard" street fair, drawing thousands of locals and visitors.

The event, part of the build-up to Sunday's National Football League championship game, gave football fans and the simply curious a chance to see players, try their luck at kicking a field goal in Manhattan's intense wind or ride a 60-foot-high (18-meter-high) toboggan run.

Officials estimated that 1 million people would visit the , 13 blocks between 34th Street and 47th Street closed off to cars for attractions that also included a concert stage where performers such as Broadway star Michael Cavanaugh and Blondie are scheduled to perform nightly.

The scene impressed many who braved the 21 degree Fahrenheit (minus-6 Celsius) weather.

"This exemplifies what New York is about, bringing all types of people together from around the world," New York City resident Angel Crawford said of the Broadway event. "It's such a historic event here in New York. We had to be part of it."

The February 2 game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, who will play across the Hudson River in East Rutherford, New Jersey, will be the first in the region.

Lonnie Moreno, who drove 1,800 miles from Thornton, Colorado, was dressed in his home team's colors: blue shorts, orange jersey, blue wig, with his face painted blue and orange.

"I'm here to experience the whole thing," he said. "I have not been here to New York at all. This is my first experience and it's awesome so far."   Continued...

People watch as fans ride the luge slide during Super Bowl Boulevard activities ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII in New York January 29, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid