On September 5, Times Square will be a bit more crowded than usual.
Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias and others will play a concert in the crossroads of Manhattan to celebrate the kickoff of the NFL season and the spirit of the city, the league announced Tuesday (July 30).
Activities will begin at 3:30 p.m. with a 90-minute show featuring performances by Iglesias and DJ Skribble which will be broadcast on “TRL.” Bon Jovi, whose new album, Bounce, lands in stores October 8, will headline the afternoon.
The “countdown to kickoff” event will end when a giant football is lowered into Times Square in the same place where the ball descends every New Year’s Eve.
After their Times Square performance, Bon Jovi will be flown by helicopter to Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, to play halftime of the NFL season opener between the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers. It will be the first season-opening game played on a Thursday, according to the NFL.
The day will include recognition and support of the city’s September 11 memorial events, the NFL said.