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N.Y. Party To Kick Off NFL Season 31 July 2002
With BON JOVI - 5 September 2002

Source: Associated Press


NEW YORK -- New York will help start the NFL season with a huge party in Times Square featuring Bon Jovi and other stars.

The celebration will take place on Sept. 5, about five hours before the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers play the first game of the 2002 NFL season 10 miles away in the New Jersey Meadowlands.

The NFL calls it the "world's largest tailgate party.''

The city hopes it will provide a financial windfall for businesses struggling since the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

"What the city gets out of that event is a lot of money to help fund the ceremony downtown for 9/11 and a lot of money to help in the redevelopment of downtown,'' Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday. "It also showcases New York to the world and helps tourism.''

"I think the city is much better off for doing the event,'' he said.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said a significant amount of the NFL and its Players Association's $10 million Sept 11 disaster relief fund would go to "appropriate organizations in the city, chosen with help from the city, to help those indirectly or directly affected" by the events of Sept. 11.


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