NFL Bans Tailgating at Super Bowl In New York And You Can’t Walk To The Game Either
Via ESPN: Forget about setting up those kegs or buffet tables in the parking lot before this season’s Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium. There will be no tailgating, according to the game’s committee CEO, Al Kelly.
“You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in your car,” Kelly said. “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. And it’ll all be watched very carefully.”
The tailgating news came during the committee’s Monday news conference regarding transportation and safety for the Feb. 2, 2014, game.
There will be only three ways for the expected 80,000 ticket holders to get to the game. The committee will charter buses 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 or be dropped off by vehicles that must have parking passes.
There will be fewer than 13,000 parking spots available for fans.
And hiring a black car, taxi or limo won’t be an option for VIPs who will spend thousands of dollars per ticket. No cars will be allowed near the stadium on game day without parking passes, and any car that drops off a passenger will have to wait at the stadium.
“Nobody’s going to be dropped off by black car,” Kelly said. “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.”
Fans who had considered parking farther from the stadium and getting there on foot will not be allowed to enter.
“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.”
Ultimately, Kelly said he expects that between 70 and 80 percent of all ticket holders will get to the game via public transportation or shuttle bus. There will be 1,600 parking spots for buses.
NFL doing it big as usual. Never mind the fact that actual fans of the teams in the Super Bowl can’t really afford to go to the game anymore, now they’re going to tell you how to get to and from the game.
No tailgating before a football game? What’s the point of going to the game if you’re not going to tailgate? Ok, whatever, I’ll just go to a nearby watering hole and then walk over to the game before it starts. What? I can’t do that? I have to spend $51 to take a fancy shuttle or take New Jersey transit which probably won’t be that crowded before the game. Wait, nevermind, we’ll just get a limo, drink all the way up I-95 and have the limo drop us off prior to the game. Excuse me? The limo won’t work either? Ah hell, forget it, I’ll just watch it at home.
Pretty sure that’s going to be the mindset of most fans and in all honesty, that’s what the NFL wants. They don’t want the guy who spent all his money on a ticket at the game. They want millionaires to come in and buy seats and shirts and drinks and all that shit. The problem is that this year it’s in New Jersey in February. It’s going to be cold as balls and I wouldn’t be all that surprised if there are more than a few empty seats in that stadium.
Love how the NFL pretty much just does and says whatever it wants and gives two fucks about what anyone thinks. Part of me respects the hell out of them for it and the other part of me wants to punch them in their face.
P.S. All this doesn’t matter because the Bills won’t be in the Super Bowl. Who watches the NFL anyway.