Some of the major events happening in New Jersey and New York City ahead of the Super Bowl on Feb. 2.
LEBRON ON THE UNDERCARD: On Saturday, Feb. 1, the day before the big game, LeBron James and the NBA champion Miami Heat come to New York City to play at Madison Square Garden — the Knicks have been uninspiring so far this season, but James always seems to turn up his game at MSG.
YOU GET A CONCERT, AND YOU GET A CONCERT: Each one of New York's five boroughs will host a concert in the lead up to the Super Bowl. As part of VH-1's "Super Bowl Blitz" Janelle Monae will play in the Bronx, Fall Out Boy will play in Brooklyn, TLC in Manhattan, J. Cole in Queens and the Goo Goo Dolls in Staten Island. New Jersey, which is actually hosting the game gets a show, too — by Gavin DeGraw. The concerts are on consecutive nights beginning Monday, Jan. 27 and will be shown on TV and streamed online.
ON BROADWAY: New York City's main drag, Broadway, will be converted to "Super Bowl Boulevard" for the week leading up to the Super Bowl. From Jan. 29-Feb. 1, the pedestrian thoroughfare will feature an autograph center during the day that becomes a concert stage at night, a display where fans can gawk at the Lombardi Trophy, uprights for them to try kicking a football through and a toboggan run rising 60 feet above the crossroads of the world. Oh, and there will be 20-foot-tall roman numerals that fans can pose with.
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