The problems of potentially playing a Super Bowl in blizzard conditions may pale in comparison to issues fans will have actually getting to the game.
Al Kelly, CEO of the organizing committee for Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, N.J., confirmed Monday the rumor that the committee will place severe restrictions on tailgating in the MetLife Stadium parking lots, which will have a limited capacity of just 13,000 cars.
“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.”
Kelly also stated that fans will not be allowed to walk to the stadium — they must take public transportation, utilize the $51 Fan Express charter bus or be dropped off by a car with a parking pass. Taxis, limos and black cars will also not be an option.
“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.”
The Super Bowl — the first to be played outdoors in a cold-weather location — will be held Feb. 2.