TODAY   |  January 26, 2014

New York, New Jersey share Super Bowl spotlight

With a week to go to the Super Bowl all eyes are on one city -- New York. However, the game won’t be played in the Big Apple, but instead eight miles away, in New Jersey. NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin reports.

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>>> one week from today we will be counting down to kickoff. excitement is already building here in new york city for super bowl xlviii even though the game will be played across the river in new jersey at metlife stadium. it's that focus on the big apple that has neighbors across the hudson a little miffed this morning.

>> there's a lot of trash talking and not even between the players. there's of course the big match-up on the field between the seattle seahawks and denver broncos . what's taking center stage before the game is the debate over who is hosting the super bowl . is it new york or new jersey ? the stage is set for the biggest game of the season with a week to go to the super bowl , all eyes are on one city.

>> new york city is hosting the super bowl .

>> new york .

>> new york city .

>> reporter: but there's one small problem. actually the game won't even be played in new york , but instead about eight miles west of the big apple in new jersey .

>> oh, yeah, new jersey , same thing.

>> not if you ask new jersey senator bob menendez .

>> peyton manning isn't going to be scoring in central park . it's going to be happening here in new jersey .

>> you wouldn't necessarily know it if you looked at the hype around the game. the nfl's epicenter, the super bowl boulevard is in the heart of times square . super bowl tickets and official material, the vince lombardi trophy is imposed on the new york city skyline with new jersey barely noticeable.

>> how do you feel about all the attention being given to new york but the game is actually held in new jersey ?

>> that's not fair.

>> reporter: while the nfl insists the shoupe bowl is shared between the two states, this is about much more than bragging rights .

>> it would have been great if the giants or the jets were the ones playing. having the pride of having the game here, but the economic impact, we're talking about potentially hundreds of millions of dollars.

>> reporter: money that is mostly going to new york instead of new jersey which is hosting the game and more importantly footing the bill for security and making sure the super bowl goes off without a hitch. while new jersey restaurants and hotels will see a spike this coming week, in the end, the charm of new jersey may have a hard time competing with the glitz and glamour of the hard apple.

>> it's a little hard --

>> selling secaucus, i was in new jersey , the food was great. they have selling points. people are excited that the game will be in new jersey .

>> and they root for the new york jets and the new york giants over there.

>> they say it's one big community, they're all a suburb of new york .

>> i don't know that everybody always appreciates that.

>> maybe people close to the border feel that way.

>> that's what the people in new york say. it's a great story, though. i love the rivalry going on.