NEW YORK (PIX11) — You’d think the mayor of New York City would be playing a prominent part in Super Bowl XLVIII, which has taken over much of midtown ahead of Sunday’s kickoff.
Mayor Bill de Blasio will not be attending the Super Bowl this weekend, standing in solidarity with most New Yorkers, who won’t be anywhere near MetLife Stadium, which is hosting the Big Game. De Blasio said he was simply like the “majority of New Yorkers.”
“I’m very excited that the NFL is hosting the Super Bowl in our area, and we’re working hard to be great hosts of the event,”the mayor said in a statement, according to the Daily News. “I’ve enjoyed participating in all the festivities leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, but I’ve decided to watch the game on TV, just like the vast majority of New Yorkers. Dante and I are still talking about where we should watch, we’ll let people know when we pick a spot.”
While de Blasio was invited, James Cassella, the mayor of East Rutherford, where MetLife Stadium actually sits, was snubbed, and had to get tickets from Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.