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Fans Gear Up In Gotham As Sunday's Big Game Approaches

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- We're just days away from the kickoff of Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium.

As WCBS 880's Paul Murnane reported Friday from Super Bowl Boulevard, four years of planning, investing and worrying about the weather was wrapping up with the arrival of the day before the big game.

Some Super Bowl veterans said the cold weather hasn't hampered the excitement.

Fans Gear Up For The Game As Super Bowl Weekend Approaches

"It's freezing here, but it's New York and we can handle it. It's going to be a great game," Rob Connolly of Rockland County told Murnane. "You know that New York will rise to the occasion and I think that people will leave here saying that this was the best Super Bowl they've ever been to."

One Seattle fan with tickets to the game on Sunday said New York is definitely putting on a good show.

His wife added she's not as frightened of New York as she was before arriving, Murnane reported.

EXTRAGuide To Super Bowl XLVIII

Giants fan Todd Mazza told Murnane he's looking forward to the game Sunday at his team's stadium.

"One cold weather game every couple years would be great," he told Murnane. "I'm going Sunday night but I don't know if I would want to do it every year."

Seahawks fan Al Nittoli said he enjoyed Super Bowl Boulevard and was trying to take in anything because, like the players playing in the big game, there's no guarantee he'll get another chance to attend such an event.

"There's a huge line for autographs, but it is worth it. Super Bowl here in New York and New Jersey will probably never happen again because it's so cold," Nittoli said.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan was spotted handing out free ice cream on Super Bowl Boulevard, CBS 2's Jennifer McLogan reported.

"It's a little colder than other Super Bowl, but it is in the greatest city in the world -- New York, New Jersey -- too bad we're not playing in it," Ryan said.

McLogan also caught up with Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Ditka.

"I played in the coldest Super Bowl, and I didn't notice it -- in New Orleans -- but I did remember practices were cold," Ditka said, adding when asked how the fans will deal with the conditions inside MetLife Stadium, "It's gonna be tough on them."

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