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The Super Bowl—and its transportation woes—is coming up

Now that we know what teams are playing, just two weeks away, it’s time to start thinking about the next game-day hurdle: getting to the stadium

Photograph: William Hauser/MetLife Stadium
MetLife Stadium, site of the 2014 Super Bowl

The swath of straight-up weird rules regarding transportation to the Super Bowl announced last month were basically lost in the shuffle because they were also accompanied by the decree that tailgating would be banned (gasp!). But now that the big day is fast approaching (that's February 2, folks), it's time to face the travel hurdles involved in getting to MetLife Stadium. The city is expected to receive about 400,000 football-related visitors; what's more, it's shutting down traffic on a 13-block stretch of Broadway between Times Square and Herald Square for fan events for the week surrounding the game, so you're likely to be affected whether you're going to the game or not.

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As you may already know, officials are urging—nay, practically coercing—ticket holders to take public transportation or the Fan Express, a charter bus connecting nine locations across Manhattan and New Jersey. Walking to the East Rutherford stadium is banned, and there will be no drop-off zone for taxis or chauffered cars. Parking is available on-site for vehicles with a $150 parking pass, but less than 13,000 of those were released for 80K ticket holders. Another issue will be convincing the 1 percent accustomed to traveling via limos, jets and helicopters to embark upon the humble bus, subway and NJ Transit. Tough times, huh?

(h/t The New York Times)