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Illustration for article titled There Will Be No Tailgating At The Super Bowl

In a press conference held at a train station, a consortium of semi-important men in suits announced that you'd better not drive to the Super Bowl, or else.


MetLife Stadium has 28,500 parking spots, but only 13,000 will be available on Super Bowl Sunday. So you've got basically two options: Take an NJ Transit train to Secaucus and change for the Meadowlands spur, or take a bus for $51 from one of nine locations around the area.

Taking a taxi or a limo? Forget about it. For security reasons, cars without a parking pass won't be allowed anywhere near the stadium, and if you do have a pass, your car can't leave until the game's over. Walking? Nope.

"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 can not walk."


Let's say you're one of the lucky 13,000 to land a parking pass, most of which will likely go to the league's corporate partners. You will not be able to tailgate. Or, at least, you will not be able to participate in the many activities commonly accepted to describe tailgating. You will be allowed to shotgun sad beers in your car.

"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."

There is almost no tailgating culture to speak of at Super Bowls, so not too many people will be affected. Come to think of it, I don't actually know anyone who ever attended a Super Bowl as a fan. Are these people real? Actors? Did you ever go to a Super Bowl? Did it feel like a football game in the least?

No tailgating at Super Bowl [ESPN NY]

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