Super Bowl party in full swing as teams arrive at stadium

Sun Feb 2, 2014 6:39pm EST
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By Julian Linden

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) - The Big Apple was transformed into one massive party on Sunday as New York and New Jersey prepared to host the 48th Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.

Times Square was swarming with thousands of football fans soaking up the atmosphere before crossing the Hudson River to New Jersey for the biggest game in American professional sports, due to start at 6:30 p.m. ET (2330 GMT).

Across the United States, millions of people were having their own Super Bowl parties in preparation for a game that has all the ingredients of a classic.

The two teams left their Jersey City hotels in the early afternoon and took the short bus ride along the Garden State Parkway to MetLife Stadium, which will be packed with over 80,000 spectators.

Hours before the game, players from both teams strolled out on to the field, jogging and stretching and throwing the ball around as the stands began to fill.

For the first time in the 48 years of the Super Bowl, the game will be played outdoors in a cold-weather state but Mother Nature has been kind to fans and organizers, with temperatures hovering around 50 Fahrenheit (10 Celsius).

All eyes will be on Denver quarterback Peyton Manning who is poised to complete one of the most remarkable seasons in the NFL's storied history.

Two years ago, the 37-year-old's prospects of returning to the Super Bowl seemed forlorn after he needed surgery to repair his injured neck and was released by the Indianapolis Colts, who he had already won a Super Bowl with.   Continued...

Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; The Seattle Seahawks run onto the field for Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports