Tailgating has been banned from this year's Super Bowl
MetLife Stadium will have less than half of its normal parking lot capacity available for Super Bowl XLVIII. That means half the crowd will have no choice but to take a bus or public transportation to the 2014 Super Bowl. If you find it funny that people who paid thousands for a Super Bowl ticket will be forced to ride a bus together, you'll find it even funnier that those bus tickets will cost $51 apiece. For a ride that might be less than three miles.
ESPN reports that tailgating has been banned from the 2014 Super Bowl parking lot. Also banned from the 2014 Super Bowl parking lot are taxicabs, limos, and fans arriving on foot. They're calling it "the public transportation Super Bowl," which is not what you want to hear when you just paid $2,600 per ticket.
This is not the first time that tailgating has been banned form the Super Bowl. Tailgating was also banned at Super Bowl XLI in Miami. But his year's set of Super Bowl restrictions is stricter than ever.
NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Company CEO Al Kelly sounded like Dean Wormer in explaining this year's rules. "You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in your car," Kelly told ESPN. "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."
What cracks me up is that you're not even allowed to walk. "You cannot walk to the Super Bowl," Kelly continued. "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."
The decrease in available parking is mostly related to enhanced security measures, according to ESPN.