Super Bowl XLVIII: No tailgating allowed

December 10, 2013

(John Froschauer / AP)

What’s a football game in America without tailgating? In early February, we will find out.

When Super Bowl XLVIII comes to MetLife Stadium in northern New Jersey, there will be no brats abraising, no kegs aspewing, no fun ahaving. There will be only sad people crammed into their cars, quietly quaffing suds and munching snacks. And there won’t be very many of them.

“You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in you car,” Al Kelly, CEO of the Super Bowl Committee, told Jane McManus of 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.”

Nor can fans tailgate elsewhere and walk to the game.

“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.”

Buses, with tickets $51 a person, will pick up fans at nine locations. There will be less than 13,000 parking spaces because of the stadium’s large security perimeter and, fear not, the very elite will be affected as well as Joe and Jane Fan.

“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.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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