Posted December 10, 2013

Super Bowl XLVIII committee tells fans: No tailgating allowed

Super Bowl XLVIII
The committee also said fans will not be able to arrive at the Super Bowl via taxi or limo.

The committee also said fans will not be able to arrive at the Super Bowl via taxi or limo. (Julio Cortez/AP)

The Super Bowl XLVIII committee has spoken: There will be no tailgating allowed at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2, 2014 prior to the NFL’s championship game.

Committee CEO Al Kelly told ESPN.com’s Jane McManus: “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. However you’re not going to be able to take out a lounge chair, you’re not going to be able to take out a grill and you’re not going to be able to take up more than one parking space.”

Kelly also revealed more plans for the logistics of this season’s Super Bowl, and they’re somewhat unusual. Fans will not be allowed to park and walk to the East Rutherford, N.J. stadium; nor will they be able to arrive via taxi or limo, because only vehicles with parking passes will be allowed near the premises.

There will be 13,000 parking spaces available for the game, at a stadium that will hold approximately 80,000 fans that night. The only two other options available to fans, per McManus:

The committee will charter a bus called the Fan Express, which will cost $51 and pick up and drop off passengers at nine locations around the region. Fans can also take N.J. Transit to the MetLife Stadium stop.

That getting to and from MetLife Stadium might be difficult is not exactly a new revelation — one that will prove doubly true if the weather is inclement on that night. But the tailgate ban figures to be met with consternation, especially given how festive the atmospheres have been surrounding the stadiums in previous host cities like New Orleans, Miami and Indianapolis.

145 comments
Isis_Ireland
Isis_Ireland

I have never been to Super Bowl. My dad always wanted to see the Broncos win a Super Bowl but passed away in 1993. I was to young to go when Elway took the Broncos to the Super Bowl.. This year if they made it my husband was planning to take me and tailgate for first time. Never new rules. This was to be my birthday/anniversary Gift. I live in Denver from 5 years old to 13 and never stopped being a fan. Stuck in Iowa now and we were going to drive and just sit outside stadium just to be there for my Dad. Now I know we can't do that. I know we won't end up with tickets they will sell out before we get chance. So I just now pray they make it. This sucks for fans of any team!!!! I hope it doesn't take away from Jersey Jobs!

JimInSanDiego
JimInSanDiego

Oh heavens everyone!  The Superbowl is not about the fans and hasn't been for decades.  It is designed for the wealthy, politicians, the well connected.  When San Diego hosted the Superbowl in 2003, the NFL only sold 6,000 tickets locally leaving 30,000+ season ticket holders out.  There was no tailgating, then again the fans who tailgate were not sold tickets.  They prohibited local limo drivers from the stadium and instead shipped in limos and drivers from out of the area.  They brought in workers from out of town to do the jobs San Diegan's usually did.  There was only one public event/party and it cost $50+ to get in.  The NFL took over the city, even installed their own turf then tried to extort San Diego saying there will never be another Superbowl in San Diego unless we build a new stadium.  Well every time the citizens have voted on a stadium proposal, it has been soundly, even overwhelmingly defeated.  A decade later and still no new stadium here.  The super rich Spanos family, who could afford to build their own stadium, are out of luck here.  We simply won't offer our tax supported welfare to the NFL, the Spanos' and the local politicians who keep proposing these ridiculous ideas.  Right now it is sunny and 65 degrees and it was sunny and 80 at the last Superbowl here.  Their loss, not ours.

packerfan326
packerfan326

Sounds like they don't want fans to come to the SB and if they do, they can't have any fun!

If I had tickets, they'd be for sale right about now.

Can't believe they're putting these stupid rules into effect.   Oh well, their loss.

GT500456
GT500456

Dafuq?


Even for  Joisey, this kind of aberrant behavior is a stretch.  Here's to hoping they have  3 feet of snow and 40mph winds that entire day.    Only a moron would want to go to NJ to see a Super Bowl.

JohnFerguson
JohnFerguson

How do handicapped people get to the game if they can't use taxis or limos? Seems like a major violation of Federal and State laws over handicapped access.

btcvsolo
btcvsolo

Like George Carlin, I do LOVE me some (metaphorical) train-wrecks...


This SB is shaping up to be a cluster le fuque & I will enjoy watching the debacle unfold....



horsley1953
horsley1953

They don't want the riff-raff spoliling the view from the luxury boxes.

HorizontalGophers
HorizontalGophers

New Jersey calls itself the Garden State? 

And it might be $51 to the stadium but what are the charging you to leave? 

WR2

rjfisher72
rjfisher72

To the people complaining about the $51 bus ride and the cost of this Super Bowl not being affordable for the NFL fan. When was the last time it WAS affordable for the typical NFL fan? The average SB ticket price has been at least $200 for nearly 20 years, since 1995. 

NFL_Madness
NFL_Madness

I will watch the Super Bowl where I always watch it.  At home on my 51in Samsung, with no one blocking my view.  Don't have to wait in line for beers, I don't have to go to my car to smoke, and I don't have to pay $15 for a hotdog.

oldguy68
oldguy68

It ain't the No Fun League for nuthin' (although I do understand wanting to use parking space efficiently)

NFL_Madness
NFL_Madness

This is because you are not allowed to have a group assembly larger than 5.  Then you are inciting a riot and the TSA will beat you down with clubs, pepper spray and tear gas.

rjfisher72
rjfisher72

phew..... my planned arrival via helicopter is still allowed. 

rajgohil250785
rajgohil250785

Nfl Ticket Prices Increase  but my minimum wage is still stuck at $7.25 + tax to government in that wages , so for me NO No to superbowl for rest of my life :)

HarshRealities
HarshRealities

They should have had Pink Floyd's "Money" playing in the background when this announcement was made. In fact that should be the background music played anytime the NFL makes a statement about anything.

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

I'll bet had they revealed these plans in advance they wouldn't be getting a Superbowl. 

pirate
pirate

I would think it was obvious. They have only 13,000 parking spaces. Logistically they can't afford to have people crowding those few spaces with grills, chairs and all the other accoutrements. Probably also something about liability it someone's grill gets run over by someone shouting, "Hey! I'm drivin' here!" Another reason they never should have scheduled the game for Jersey. This game has debacle written all over it. Although afterwards all we'll hear from the league is how great the game was, and how the snow and ice added to the experience of the 20,000 people in the luxury boxes and 1,200 in the stands, and wasn't the halftime avalanche fun, and fans like to see records set and we may never top the 18 ice-induced fumbles.,

Billytee
Billytee

Only in New Yawk would some idiot design an 80,000 seat stadium with only 13,000 parking spaces.  

PatrickFoley1
PatrickFoley1

I hope there is a 3ft. snow storm that day so they won't have to worry about crowds, security or parking. The beautiful people from Hollywood,however, may take a rain-check ( or is that snow-check?). 

j7apple
j7apple

I would drive the largest pickup I could and tailgate in the confines of my pickup bed.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

"The committee will charter a bus called the Fan Express, which will cost $51"

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Maybe they should call it the "fan ripoff" for $51. So WHAT do I get for that? a tour of the skanks, druggies, gang bangers and homeless around this wonderful area?

fmfrijoles
fmfrijoles

Given that the majority of attendees of the SUPER BOWL are not average fans but media and business owners......this isn't that surprising. Still....51$ for a bus is ridiculous.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

The Super Bowl shenanigans, overreaching by trying to get into Europe (where football has failed miserably, despite repeated NFL attempts), cheating fans with the SB seating fiasco a few years ago (remember that?  The media pretends they don't) at Jerry's Ego Palace...

The NFL is overreaching.  They've gotten too big, too greedy, too arrogant.

Pride cometh before the fall.

ChrisMcCoy
ChrisMcCoy

Welcome to New York.....Eff-You! We bribed the NFL to have the greatest game of the year in the most miserable weather conditions. We won't provide enough parking, and will remove all fun from the game by not allowing tailgating. Parking will be $40. Eff-You! If you don't want to park, that's fine. Pay us $50 to ride a bus. Eff-You! If you don't want to take a bus, that's fine....just don't expect to use a cab or walk to the game. We'll arrest you you out of town rube. Did I mention you'll pay a fee to use our run-down airports, stay at a hotel, or drink a beer? Did I mention Eff-You!?!

Yeah, what a great town to host a Super Bowl in. Pay double the money, to sit in freezing cold for 7 hours, in a "new" stadium with no parking that will not allow you to tailgate because you might not eat their horrible stadium food.

Frotoon
Frotoon

The Super Bowl will sell out like it always does and tickets will be resold for 3X face value on the after-market, just like always. No need to paint gloom & doom scenarios.

tmgokids
tmgokids

NJ didn't make this decision....the NFL did.  How stupid are people??


bobinpowell
bobinpowell

The TSA?  Seriously?   It's not just the NFL that is mad...

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

If you're working for minimum wage your entire life, I'd think going to a Superbowl should rank pretty low on your list of priorities.

NFL_Madness
NFL_Madness

Yeah, but they can logistically rip 1300 paying fans out of seats in Cowboy Stadium in 2010 and make them stand in the cold and watch the Super Bowl outside?

nyljsf2
nyljsf2

You're an idiot, as proven by your idiotic comments.

DODGERFAIL2013
DODGERFAIL2013

yea, just what we need:  more people driving cars and less people utilizing buses and trains in an overcrowded metro area.


die.

John_marsch
John_marsch

@Billytee The stadium has over 20,000 parking spots. They aren't using them all during the superbowl because of security and tents being set up for the sponsors. There is also a train station and multiple bus lines that drops the fans off directly in the statium

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@Billytee Stadium is actually in New Jersey, NY/NJ have one of the biggest mass transit platforms in the entire world. It actually makes sense, which is why they built it there. 

stagger
stagger

@j7apple Heell Yeah! A flatbed, with a BBQ pit, porto-potty, ice chest, TV... 

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@WHO*IS*ESPN You have obviously never been to the area in question. Another EPIC FAIL comment from yet another espn troll/epic failure. 

Action
Action

@fmfrijoles Have you ever taken a cab from Manhattan to Newark?  That costs about $50.  Granted, a bus isn't as private as a cab, but it's taking you to the Super Bowl.

nyljsf2
nyljsf2

Hey brainless, read the damn article.  No tailgating is about the limited parking spaces, NOT the food concessions.  It is CLEARLY stated that you can consume your own food and drink.  But why let facts get in the way of your nonsensical rant.

RichLGerhold
RichLGerhold

@ChrisMcCoy I realize it'll never happen, but wouldn't it be awesome if only like 24,000 people showed up to this Super Bowl in lieu of the blatant greed shown by the stadium owner's and other assorted people that benefit financially from these archaic and greedy expectations? 


It's like the Galactic Empire has taken over this year, and the Sith Lord/Emperor Palpatine is the man running the show. 

Jeff63
Jeff63

At least he didn't do any race-baiting this time

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

While part of his comment was trolling and ignorant, the part about the $51 charter bus that you're being forced to take is pretty accurate. 

Jeff63
Jeff63

Yeah, I'm sure it's *only* about the parking spaces. There couldn't *possibly* be any other motive. Brainless? Pot kettle black, you NY moron.