Posted December 09, 2013

No tailgating will be allowed at Super Bowl XLVIII

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The only thing that the parking lot will be filled with at the Super Bowl will be cars.  Elsa/Getty Images

The only thing that the parking lot will be filled with at this year’s Super Bowl will be cars. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Fans who expect to grill out before Super Bowl XLVIII can think again.

The game’s committee CEO, Al Kelly, said there will be no tailgating at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.,  before the game, reports Jane McManus of ESPN.com.

“You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in you 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.”

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According to the report, there will be only be three ways for fans to get to the game on Feb. 2.

There will be a bus that costs $51 that will pick up and drop off fans at nine area locations. Fans can take the New Jersey Transit to get to the stadium stop. And there will be fewer than 13,000 parking spots for fans to fight over.

Kelly says fans can’t walk to the Super Bowl.


31 comments
PatrickFoley1
PatrickFoley1

It's very difficult to grill in a blizzard anyway ! 

BOYDOGJR
BOYDOGJR

If all this comes to pass, maybe the purse will shrink to an amount so low the owners will have to seriously  lower all players salaries, Goodall's big salary, concession prices, ticket prices. ect. so  JOE THE PLUMBER can attend the games again without having to mortgage the farm. RIDICULOUS . Until then I'll fire 2 grills and a smoker and invite all the pissed off people to watch it on the big screen under the covered deck, pee on the fat cats crazy enough to feed the beast..

Jed1
Jed1

Having been to Super Bowls I can tell you it's not about the staduim crowd. Never is, never will be. The fans showing up for the game are the last consideration of the NFL and FOX. They are mearly background for effect for the broadcast audience of over 100 million. 

tlm773458
tlm773458

The best thing that could happen to football in general would be for Roger Goodell to quit, get fired, run away to another country, etc.  He has done more to ruin a great game in his short tenure than the combined mistakes of every predecessor in his position.  While I wholeheartedly agree with improvements in player safety this is just ridiculous.  Here's the question.  How much of a cut do you think he is getting from New Jersey transit and those exorbitant bus tickets?

dwb_alpha
dwb_alpha

Roger Goodell should ban fans from attending games next, for player safety.  You know, in case someone chucks something at the giant guys wearing pads and helmets.  I am shocked he didn't personally cancel the Lions/Eagles game yesterday because one of them might slip and fall in the snow.  In fact, the refs should've called unsportsman-like conduct on the snow for getting their uniforms dirty, or making them slightly uncomfortable.


Hopefully next year Goodell will do away with the whole "playing" of the game entirely and just pay them $15 million/year to sit on their couch where he is relatively sure they won't get hurt.

Cool
Cool

The Super Bowl has always been one of the venues that people fear a terrorist attack.  With that said, I find it a bit scary that officials have announced that there will be nine pick of spots and drop off spots for buses, and that the transit system will be the main form of entrance into the Super Bowl.  Have officials forgotten that buses have been the main targets of terrorist in recent years?   I don't give a flip about the tailgating, I am more concerned about the security risk.

Doug1
Doug1

There is not such thing as "too cold to tailgate".  Not unless the game is called off because it's too cold to play it.  That being said, I don't see that many folks actually making it an all day affair in the parking lot.

I think it's almost a non-issue, but the NFL is just doing CYA just in case.

TomRoberts
TomRoberts

The guy is probably a third rate politician who has never  seen a football game except from the executive suite,

jsmarkley
jsmarkley

NFL's new motto:  Just keep watching the crappy product we place btwn the endless commercials & do as your told or no football for you!

RoadWarriorUSCA
RoadWarriorUSCA

I see a riot ensuing to the 1st person who gets told to put their tailgating gear away.

Jimbo4
Jimbo4

If it was any other game I'd have a problem with this.  But it's the Superbowl.  90% of those tickets aren't going to the typical tailgate crowd.  Almost everybody is coming from out of town anyway.  Unless they plan to pack their fold out chairs and grill in their carry on luggage, they'd have to buy all new stuff anyway.  It's not like the Giants or Jets are going to be in the game.  I doubt this really impacts anybody beyond another thing to complain about on the internet. 

billymerrz412
billymerrz412

Sad part is all the lemmings will gladly pay it. 

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

Fifty-one dollars for a shuttle? Really? They really want to suck people dry. 

RoadWarriorUSCA
RoadWarriorUSCA

This is beyond embarrassing for the NFL. The NFL is trying to die out.

PatrickFoley1
PatrickFoley1

@dwb_alpha I read some idiot fans suggest that the Lions / Eagles game be cancelled because of snow. Could you imagine the likes of Bednarik & Rossovich being told their game is cancelled because of snow. They'd laugh you into oblivion!

PatrickFoley1
PatrickFoley1

@Cool The temperature that day will be about 20 & I know that most terrorist types in Al-Queda don't feel real comfortable i sub-freezing temps. 

PatrickFoley1
PatrickFoley1

@Doug1 I hope there's 3ft. of snow, it will make tailgating, security, crowd control & parking a non-issue. It will also end the return of a SB to an outdoor cold venue.  

SkipMiddleton
SkipMiddleton

@Doug1

There's "too cold to tailgate" in SoCal and then there's "too cold to tailgate" in New York. Two entirely different things! ;-)


doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

Besides, it may be too cold to tailgate anyway. 

Jimbo4
Jimbo4

@RoadWarriorUSCA only if you're dumb enough to think a bunch of CEO's are going to be tailgaiting in the freezing cold.  

tlm773458
tlm773458

"Too cold to tailgate?"  NEVER.  Ask the Green Bay fans at Lambeau Field about cold weather games and tailgating.  Diehard fans will want to enjoy the game this fashion and VERY few can afford Super Bowl tickets

RoadWarriorUSCA
RoadWarriorUSCA

@doublejtrain68 That's not the Point. Tailgating has always been a tradition for NFL Fans. You go before the game starts and just have a party with all 32 other NFL Fans. The NFL sucks now... Just plain and simple. 

tlm773458
tlm773458

No.  They better bring me a hot cup of coffee, a doughnut and maybe even have an HDTV on the bus ride so I can watch the pregame for a $51.00 ride.

SkipMiddleton
SkipMiddleton

@RoadWarriorUSCA @Jimbo4

I thought it was pretty well conceded that the average fan isn't at the SB, they watch it on TV.
I was at the '03 SB in San Diego (NOT at the game, but in the "SB Village" providing "local color." I can attest that the majority of the guys I saw walk by were not "average fans." Most were CEO types with polished loafers and a bit of eye candy at hand.