Thursday, January 9, 2014

Commemorative Super Bowl MetroCards available at NYC subway stations

Lucky New York City subway riders might be able to find pieces of Super Bowl memorabilia at their MetroCard vending machines starting this week.

In conjunction with the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committee, 1 million commemorative MetroCards will be on sale at about 400 subway stations until Feb. 3.

There are four card designs featuring the Super Bowl XLVIII logo, each with a unique front, and a message on the back reading, “Together, the National Football League and the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committee are bringing the greatest game to the greatest region.”

"There's no better region to host the Super Bowl and no better way to celebrate and promote that fact than by saying it on a MetroCard," MTA spokesman Paul Fleuranges said in a statement.

That and $2.75 will get you a ride on the A-train.

The MTA began distributing the commemorative MetroCards earlier this week. The cards were designed and purchased by the Super Bowl Host Committee.

But getting one of the cards from a vending machine is just a matter of random chance, the MTA said.

“The cards are added to an existing supply of standard MetroCards, so there is no guarantee that purchasing there will result in the acquisition of a card featuring the Super Bowl design,” said MTA spokesman David Ortiz.

Although the game will be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, New York City will host several events in the weeks leading up to the Feb. 2 game.

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