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NFLSports & Business

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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  • Anonymous

    The reason you can’t walk is also partly weather-related. They do not want fans standing outside for any longer than necessary. Security will cause a long wait, estimated at a few hours depending on when you arrive. Add that to game time, which should be near the five hour mark. If you walk to the stadium, you’re adding even more time to the period of exposure to cold.

    People are already going to be spending at least 6 or 7 hours in temperatures estimated to be around freezing. Yeah, it is partly a cash grab, and should be recognized as such. But there are also real concerns about people’s exposure to the elements. Just another reason to not have it there in the first place.

  • Ted Tidwell

    Obviously going to the …Super Bo..I mean “the big game” (don’t want the NFL to sue me for violating their trademark) isn’t designed for the average fan. It’s just a spectacle for the select few that can afford to get gouged, staged for the rest of us with tvs.

  • Ted Tidwell

    I am so happy the NFL is looking out for the fans well being. Go figure attending an NFL game in NY/NJ at an outdoor stadium in the middle of winter, would present weather conditions adverse to the experience that you would expect for 2500-3000 per ticket. Its entirely a cash grab.

  • Anonymous

    Like I said, it’s just another reason that it never should have been there in the first place. You can view it how you want, but no one if forcing anyone to do anything here.

  • JerseyShoreGiant

    Has nothing to do with the weather. Nothing at all.

  • JerseyShoreGiant

    I hope it snows two feet!

  • Anonymous

    If you go to the NFL’s guide for game day, the first thing that is on the screen beneath ads and banners is “Wear Layers”. Before ticket info, parking info, stadium info, before anything of the sort, is “Wear Layers”.

    http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/48/guide

    Clearly the NFL cares not for anything weather related.

  • JerseyShoreGiant

    The NFL instructing people to wear layers because of cold weather has nothing to do with people not being able to walk to the game, get dropped off by a limo, etc. And by walk I mean having someone drop you off right outside the gate so you could walk through the parking lot. The weather has nothing to do with not being allowed to tailgate once you are there. This has nothing to do with the weather.
    It’s strictly about Money!

  • Ted Tidwell

    I agree, but it will be white washed as some triumphant success in big media because they are married at the hip with the NFL. Its idiotic.

  • vaporware

    Wind Chill…..not a SB without super wind chill

  • vaporware

    omg….it will be so cold!
    I hope I don’t get a Polar Vortex in my pants.


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