Area football fans and visitors to New York and New Jersey will have a unique opportunity to welcome Super Bowl XLVIII to the region, as the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee in partnership with Macy’s will produce the “Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular,” a free, ticketed event featuring performances by Daughtry and Goo Goo Dolls, with additional acts to be announced, and a first-class Macy’s Fireworks show. The kickoff event, the first to ever be associated with a Super Bowl, will take place on Monday, January 27, along the Hudson River at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey, and serve as the official launch to the weeklong events.
Hosted by Fox Sports‘ Joe Buck and Erin Andrews, with reporting by American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, portions of the “Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular Starring Macy’s Fireworks” will air nationally on Monday, January 27 from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST, on FOX Sports 1 (check local listings). During the show, Sparks will report from Macy’s Herald Square and contribute with Super Bowl food and fashion segments. The live concert event at Liberty State Park will begin at 7:30 PM.
“Super Bowl XLVIII is no stranger to historic ‘firsts’ and the ‘Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular’ will be a special part of the groundbreaking theme so closely associated with this game,” said Robert Wood “Woody” Johnson, Co-Chairman of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee. “The Super Bowl experience in New Jersey and New York promises to be unlike any other, and this event will serve as an exciting, welcoming start to the week.”
“As momentum builds for Super Bowl XLVIII, and all eyes turn to New York and New Jersey, the ‘Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular’ will serve as a rally for the incredible residents of and visitors to the region,” said Jonathan Tisch, Co-Chairman of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee. “We are excited to hold this event for our region’s fans, allowing them to be a part of the celebratory fanfare that will drive momentum for the continuation of the week as we welcome the world to New Jersey and New York.”
“We are thrilled to partner with the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee to produce this incredible spectacle that will officially launch Super Bowl week for the very first time in our own backyard,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Macy’s own signature fireworks display will cap off an exciting show featuring fantastic musical performances. The Kickoff Spectacular promises to be an extraordinary start to the weeklong party, culminating with Super Bowl XLVIII.”
“Macy’s is no strangero momentous occasions and holidays, often marking special events both regionally and nationally with unparalleled fanfare, and we are pleased to have the company’s signature spectacular part of our Super Bowl kickoff,” said Alfred F. Kelly, Jr., President and CEO of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee. “Together with Macy’s, we are pleased to present this special event, and officially begin an unforgettable week of experiences for all the residents and fans of New York and New Jersey who have supported us throughout this historic journey to 2014.”
Ending the evening with a big bang, the world-famous Macy’s Fireworks will set the sky ablaze with an unparalleled display of pyrotechnic firepower. Expertly choreographed to an energetic soundtrack featuring songs from top music stars including Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, Bruno Mars, Lady GaGa and more; the 13-minute spectacle will be fired from two barges on the Hudson River flanking the Statue of Liberty. The fireworks display will feature Macy’s signature high-flying multi-level explosions reaching heights of 1,000-feet, making the spectacle visible to spectators in the surrounding area.
Limited quantities of free general admission tickets are available to the public beginning today via www.SBKickoffSpectacular.com. Tickets are required in order to access the space and prime viewing of Macy’s Fireworks at Liberty State Park.
Additionally, a VIP opportunity is available for fans wishing to enjoy a pre-concert experience. The “Host Committee NJ Warming Lodge” at Maritime Parc Restaurant will offer a pre-concert experience including comfort food, soft drinks and hot beverages. The VIP ticket available for $40 includes a reserved viewing location for the concert and Macy’s Fireworks.
For fans traveling by car, free limited parking will be available (an advance parking pass is required and available on the website). Event organizers suggest public transportation and request that spectators refrain from bringing large bags, backpacks, strollers, liquids, or coolers. All bags are subject to search
Multi-platinum recording artist Daughtry has scored four No. 1 hits, garnered four Grammy nominations, won four American Music Awards, sold over 7.5 million albums, 17 million singles worldwide and sold out concerts around the world. Daughtry’s self-titled debut was the fastest selling rock debut in Soundscan history and its follow up Leave This Town marked the quintet’s second consecutive No. 1 album and Daughtry’s third album Break The Spell was certified gold in four weeks of its release. Daughtry’s new album Baptized was released on November 19 and its lead single “Waiting For Superman” a bona fide hit continues to race up the Hot AC and Pop radio charts. The band is gearing up for a world tour starting in March with show all over Europe and United Kingdom then the United States beginning in late spring. In addition to recording and touring the globe, Daughtry is also dedicated to using its position to raise awareness about a number of charitable causes including an ambassadorship with DC Comics We Can Be Heroes campaign.
Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated Goo Goo Dolls recently released their 10th studio album, Magnetic. The album debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, and their new single, “Come To Me,” is climbing the radio charts and is currently in the Top 20. Goo Goo Dolls have sold over 10 million albums worldwide, with 14 Top 10 Radio hits – more than any other artist in the history of the Hot AC format. They are the only artist to have three songs on Billboard’s “Top 100 Songs from 1992-2012” including the Number One slot for “Iris.” John Rzeznik has been honored with the Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award and they have been inducted into Guitar Center’s Historic Hollywood Rock Walk. The band has relentlessly toured since the album’s release, and will continue to do so in 2014.
Conceived and produced by the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, the event will be produced in conjunction with Macy’s Parade & Entertainment Group by IMG Productions, Steve Mayer, Executive Producer.