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Menino, Bloomberg go all-in on Super Bowl wager

Losing city will roll out red carpet

Thomas M. Menino and Michael Bloomberg hope to boost tourism.

The mayors of Boston and New York announced the traditional Super Bowl bet between municipal leaders yesterday, but this one has a touristic twist: A lucky family from the winning city will be treated to a free trip to the losing city.

In a joint news release, Mayors Thomas M. Menino and Michael Bloomberg said that the family (of up to four people) will get a “Super tour’’ in one of their cities that will include two nights in a hotel, dinners, performances, and even tours of local breweries.

The winners will be chosen from an online drawing after the game. People will be able to enter the drawing by filling out an entry form on the winning city’s website.


Only Boston and New York City residents will be able to enter, Menino’s office said.

“I have a lot of faith in the Patriots,’’ Menino said in a statement. “They carried us this far, and I hope they’ll carry the Vince Lombardi Trophy right back to Boston. But either on the field or off, the City of Boston wins by being able to showcase some of the best our great city has to offer.’’

Bloomberg, although a Medford native, was equally confident in New York’s team.

“I know the Giants are going to win next Sunday and bring home the trophy they’ve been working toward ever since the last time they beat the Patriots,’’ Bloomberg said.

“I thought everyone should have a chance to experience all that our city has to offer and in the meantime contribute to our economy.’’

Both mayors are hoping to boost tourism in their cities.

If the Patriots win, New York will provide a Delta Shuttle flight to New York; a two-night stay at Grand Hyatt New York; four tickets to the Phantom of the Opera, celebrating its 10,000th performance right after the Super Bowl; dinner for four at the Russian Tea Room; lunch or dinner for four at B. Smith’s; and four club tickets to the Knicks and Rangers (schedule permitting). In addition, the Big Apple will give out a ride with the captain on Statue Cruises to Liberty and Ellis islands with a VIP tour of the Statue of Liberty crown and museum with lunch; a VIP tour of the new American wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and a tour of the Brooklyn Brewery.


If the Giants win, Boston will provide a JetBlue flight to Boston; two nights in a suite at the Ritz Carlton; dinners at Legal Sea Foods Harborside and the Top of the Hub; box seats for a performance at the Citi Performing Arts Center; box seats to either a Bruins or a Celtics game (schedule permitting) at the TD Garden; and a behind-the-scenes tour of the newly expanded Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Also, Boston will give a free Duck Tour; a photo with Menino; VIP tour of the personal diaries of John Adams, which inspired the HBO series, at the Boston Public Library; and a VIP tour of the Samuel Adams Brewery in Jamaica Plain.

John Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jrebosglobe.