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Super makeover: Big game means big changes at MetLife

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The NFL says MetLife is one of its most technologically advanced stadiums.
The NFL says MetLife is one of its most technologically advanced stadiums. - ()

It will be business as usual at MetLife Stadium for this year's regular season, and even most of the postseason. But that will all change in the days before Super Bowl XLVIII.

Besides the vast makeover, with Super Bowl signage and décor from the two competing teams, the building will undergo a physical transformation, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. A fence will keep a 300-foot security perimeter around the building, while scaffolds and platforms will serve as staging areas for television crews inside the building.

“It is a much different footprint,” McCarthy said. “So a Giants or Jets season ticketholder who's used to coming through a certain gate, at a certain time, will have a much different experience if they're going to the Super Bowl.”

Another key benefit: MetLife “is one of the more technologically advanced stadiums … from bandwidth to technology in the press box and on the field, and throughout the entire facility,” McCarthy said.

But with all eyes on the weather report, in-house expertise will also be key. Brad Mayne, MetLife Stadium's president and CEO, said the building has ramped up capabilities for snow removal. That includes bringing in the types of snow-melting machines used by airports, while producing a training video for its facilities staff and contractors.

Mayne, who has been on the job since last fall, said upgrades aren't tied to the Super Bowl. Rather, the stadium sought to standardize training after being caught off guard by the late October snowstorm of 2011.

For the NFL, the plan is to “amplify what they've already had in place. They have experience, they have a great facility … and the right people in place,” McCarthy said. He also noted the league has been “working with them for the last several years on these types of plans, so we'll be in excellent shape.”

“Some people forget that we could be in the same buildings two weeks prior playing an AFC or NFC championship game,” McCarthy said.

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