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The Transportation Regulations For The Super Bowl Are Insane

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If you live near the Meadowlands — the location of MetLife Stadium, home of the Giants, Jets and Super Bowl XVLIII — you probably live underneath a highway or in the deepest, darkest corner of a parking lot. But if you were hoping that your poor choice in housing would finally pay off when you got to walk to the Super Bowl this year, sorry: You can’t walk to the Super Bowl.

You also cannot take a taxi to the Super Bowl. You can’t have a friend, or your mom, or a guy you met at a nearby gas station drive you there and drop you off outside. You can’t act like a big shot and take a limo. If you do take your own car — good luck to you, since traffic will likely be a nightmare — you can only tailgate inside your car. As in, drink a beer and eat a cold sausage in the driver’s seat before heading into the stadium for ridiculously overpriced fare.

Here’s, basically, what you can do to get the game in a reasonable amount of time:

-Take New Jersey Transit
-Pay the NFL $51 to take their “Fan Express” shuttle.

You know that rather than, say, take the Long Island Rail Road to Penn Station, then take NJ Transit or Amtrak to Secaucus, NJ, then transfer to a stadium shuttle, plenty of people will end up shelling out the cash for the Fan Express. That could mean millions more in revenue for the NFL, a non-for-profit organization that pays Roger Goodell $30 million a year.

Limiting the number of cars on the road isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But not allowing people to WALK to the stadium, if they have the ability? Tell the guy in Sylvan St. in nearby Rutherford that he’ll be turned away if he tries to show up on his own two feet, cite “security concerns” or some other nonsense, and see how that turns out.

As Sean Conboy notes in this article on SI.com, this is pretty much the opposite of capitalism. Does that make this year’s Super Bowl the most un-American sporting event in history? Its certainly the biggest cash-grab we’ve seen in awhile, and that’s before you’re forced to spend $15 on a sandwich at MetLife.

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