Eyes looking for scores during NFL Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday will see goal posts made by a manufacturer in Delhi.
A Sportsfield Specialties Inc. team of welders, engineers, managers and others were involved in the making the two customized aluminum goal posts standing at either end of the football field at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
The Seattle Seahawks, 15-3, and the Denver Broncos, 15-3, will face off in the game, which starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on Fox television.
This Super Bowl is the second in which Sportsfield Specialties goal posts have been the designated markers. The Delhi firm’s posts are installed at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., which was host to the 2008 Super Bowl and will be host for the event next year.
David Moxley, director of sports construction sales at the Delhi company, said he doesn’t know anyone locally who is traveling to New Jersey to the game Sunday. But televisions will be turned on, he said, and it will be a “great feeling” to see the goal posts on the TV screen.
The Delhi firm’s 100 employees include engineers, welders, machinists and administrative, production and sales staff, Moxley said. Most local schools have Sportsfield Specialties equipment, he said, but the idea of a local firm and its team having a connection to the national football event is special.
“It’s fantastic,” Moxley said.
Also, high-profile goal post installations at National Football League stadiums help boost sales in the bread-and-butter segments of Sportsfield Specialties market, specifically high schools and colleges, a media release from the firm said.
Last year, Sportsfield Specialties set a record with more than 350 goal post sets sold, with purchasers ranging from high schools to professional player venues, Moxley said, with price tags from $7,500 to $15,000.