Sorry, football fans: Tailgating is banned at the Super Bowl
There will be no outdoor drinking or grilling outside the MetLife Stadium on Feb 2 as per the game’s committee
Tue Dec 10 2013
Photograph: William Hauser/MetLife Stadium
Kegs, plastic buffet tables and outdoor pregame boozing? Fuhgeddaboudit! Organizers for the Super Bowl XLVIII have formally banned tailgating when the big football game hits MetLife Stadium on February 2. "You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in your car," explained host committee CEO Al Kelly during a news conference on Monday. "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 revealed a litany of bizarre regulations for the NFL's signature event: Attendees of the New Jersey affair cannot be dropped off by a limo or taxi, and they're also not allowed to walk to the stadium. Instead, gamegoers have the option of riding a Fan Express charter bus (which shuttles from nine locations throughout New York and New Jersey), using New Jersey Transit or getting dropped off by vehicles with parking passes—of which there are fewer than 13,000 available. If you're one of the 80,000 ticket holders, it's probably smart to start planning soon.
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