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Post  junkman on Wed May 26, 2010 10:05 am

Irving, TX (Sports Network) - In a history making decision, NFL owners have awarded Super Bowl XLVIII to the New York/New Jersey region.

The New Meadowlands Stadium, located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, will be the site for the Super Bowl after the 2013 season. The $1.6 billion stadium, which seats 82,500, opened April 10, 2010 and will be the new home for both the New York Giants and Jets.

The league owners, who are meeting in suburban Dallas, voted for New York/New Jersey over South Florida (Miami) and Tampa Bay, Florida.

It will be the first time the game will be played in a cold weather climate after previously being held in warm weather locales and indoor venues.

The decision was not made until the fourth and final round of voting. None of the three regions gained the necessary 24 votes (75 percent) in the first two rounds. After tallying the fewest votes, South Florida was eliminated. Neither New York/New Jersey or Tampa Bay again received the necessary 24 votes in round three forcing a last vote to be decided by a simple majority of at least 17-15.

"To get the support of the other 30 owners we got today is an amazing experience, " said Giants chairman and executive vice president Steve Tisch. "It's absolutely fantastic for everybody that loves to watch NFL football around the world."

New York City was under consideration as the host for the 2010 Super Bowl before city, state and Jets officials could not agree on the funding for a proposed West Side Stadium, which would have featured a retractable roof to guard against the possibility of inclement weather.

The league adopted requirements for a Super Bowl host city that included a minimum average temperature of 50 degrees in early February unless the game is being played in a stadium that has a dome or retractable roof. New York/New Jersey has been granted a one-time waiver around those restrictions to host the game.

"It's a unique opportunity to play the biggest game in the world on the biggest stage in the world" said Giants president and CEO John Mara.

South Florida has hosted the Super Bowl 10 times, more than any other area, including this past season when the New Orleans Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts to win the franchise's first-ever league title.

Tampa has been host to the event four times, the last in 2009 when Pittsburgh rallied in the final seconds to defeat Arizona for a league-record sixth Super Bowl crown.

Dallas will host the Super Bowl for the first time following the 2010 season, while Indianapolis will also be a first-time host for the game after the 2011 season before the game returns to the Superdome in New Orleans following the 2012 campaign.

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