Major corporations with seemingly unlimited budgets have been plunking down $400,000 and up to $1 million ahead of Super Bowl day to occupy one of 220 indoor skybox suites MetLife stadium during the big game Sunday between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos.
The suites inside the $1.6 billion stadium, built in 2010, were designed by David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group, who's done everything from scenic design for Broadway's Kinky Boots to such projects as Nobu restaurants, Jetblue Terminal 5 at JFK Airport and Andaz Maui at Wailea resort, which opened this past December.
According to Brian McCarthy, who works in public relations for the NFL, only a handful of Super Bowl-viewing suites remained as of this past week. They went fast because of the proximity to numerous headquarters, not to mention that this is the first outdoor cold-weather game, with the chilly forecast playing a pivotal role for decision makers.
Suites spanning four levels of the stadium were going for $400,000 in December, but prices since ranged from $500,000 up to $1 million, The New York Post has reported. In recent years, suites haven't come up on the market for the Super Bowl because they were already spoken for by teams and sponsors.
There are 12-30 seats per suite, which include food, beverage,staffing, private entrances, good sight lines and even heated outdoor seats. It's predicted to be cloudy with a high of 50 degrees tomorrow at the stadium.