Keep Your Grill at Home


This years Super Bowl is going to be different, but not only because it will be the first in the open air of the cold climate. The Super Bowl community’s CEO Al Kelly made a statement earlier today about tailgating parties.

There will be fewer than 13,000 parking spots available for the estimated for the estimated 80,000 fans that will be going to the game. Because of the large security perimeter set up around the stadium the parking capacity of the stadium’s parking lot of usual 28,000 parking spots is cut in half.

You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in you car. And provided you’re in the boundaries of a single parking space, you’ll be able to eat or drink right next to your car.

– Al Kelly, Super Bowl Committee

With the lack of parking space, 70 to 80 percent of the fans will have to find other means of getting to the game. But there will be no walking. That’s right, for those fans planing on parking further from the stadium and making their way to the game on foot will not be allowed in. “You cannot walk to the Super Bowl,” Kelly said. “You can get your hotel to drop you off at one of the New Jersey Transit locations or get the shuttle to take you to a Fan Express location, but you cannot walk.”

There will be three ways of getting to the game. The committee will charter buses called Fan Express that will cost fans $51 and will pick up and drop them off at nine different locations around the stadium. Fans can take fea-crupi-stadiums-hed-2012N.J. Transit to the MetLife Stadium stop or be dropped off by vehicles that must have parking passes. That means no hiring a black car, taxi, or limo. Nor will cars be allowed near the stadium without a parking pass unless the car that does drop you off has to stay at the stadium for the duration of the game.

Kelly said in the meeting this morning “Nobody’s going to be dropped off by black car, you can have a black car, a green car, a white car, a red car as long as you have parking, and the car needs to stay on the premises the entire time.”

Those that will be taking the the N.J. Transit will have to pass through two security checks, one in the station and another at the stadium gate. People have pin names to this game such as the The Public Transportation Super Bowl and The Ice Bowl. So what do you think, are the rules and regulations of the Public Transportation Super Bowl a little much?

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About Kevin Bridge

I am an undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee majoring in journalism and electronic media. I am one of the co-founders of The Backfield Press.

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