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Tailgating will not be allowed at the Super Bowl

Giants-fans-tailgateSuper Bowl 48 is going to have a much different feel to it than Super Bowls past. First and foremost, the game is being held at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey — outdoors and in cold weather. In the Super Bowl’s 48-year history, a game has never been hold outdoors in a cold climate. But don’t worry — fans aren’t going to freeze while tailgating. That’s because tailgating won’t be allowed.

On Monday, Super Bowl CEO Al Kelly announced that there will be no grilling and lounging in parking lots for the hours leading up to the game.

“You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in your car,” Kelly said, per ESPNNewYork.com. “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.”

In other words, feel free to stand next to your car in 20-degree weather and eat a Lunchables.

The NFL and Super Bowl organizers intend to take incredible security measures on Feb. 2, 2014. In addition to a tailgating ban, there will also be no unauthorized taxis or car services bringing fans to the game. The 80,000 ticket holders will have to arrive by way of charter bus called the Fan Express, which costs $51, by way of the NJ Transit or with the use of a parking pass, of which there are less than 13,000 available.

“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.”

That’s OK, fans can just park in lots away from the stadium and walk to the game, right? Wrong. Kelly said no one will be allowed to enter the stadium on foot unless they have arrived via public transportation or shuttle bus — where security will have screened them before and after — or they have an approved parking pass.

While a lot of these rules and guidelines sound insane, they’re in place for our safety. It may be untraditional, but it’s tough to argue with that. Unfortunately, that means we won’t be seeing any incredible tailgate grills like this.


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  • David Reece

    OK, WTF???

  • Jason Ripol

    I couldn’t care less about the “Football Series Finale Game that is not allowed to be mentioned”, but this still sounds like utter bull crap to me. They say it’s for safety, yet they are making money keeping you safer. If they are so worried about safety, then why do people who have already paid ridiculously high prices for tickets have to also pay for transportation?! And no tailgating?! That’s like saying you are not allowed to cheer or make loud noises during the game. What’s next, you can only wear official NFL gear that is no more than 6 months old and bought from an official NFL site?! People need to wise up and stop buying these tickets until the NFL gets off their pedestal. And having to sit out in the cold as well!? C’mon people, just stay at home and watch it on t.v. where you can bbq and party with your friends… they can’t stop you from doing that… yet.

  • Ingsoc

    This is just an extension of our culture and our politics. People want to be treated like sheep and that is what we are getting.

  • John

    I am a football fan , pro, college, whatever and that is an insult to the game.
    What s next we cannot turn on our BBq s at our house. They are doing this just to sell more stuff in the stadium. This will be the first superbowl that I will
    not watch. Thank you NFL.

  • Robby777

    WTF ? control freaks rule?

  • Robby777

    Awaiting moderation—- After 65, you should be able to use epithets appropriately…

  • Jennifer

    That is such BS. Tailgating is a TRADITION and what people have to pay to get a Super Bowl ticket is as astronomical and these “rules”.

  • Goodguy Fromsa

    “In the Super Bowl’s 48-year history, a game has never been hold outdoors in a cold climate” … Ever hear of the Ice-Bowl Steve? Get your facts straight, and learn to form a proper sentence (been HELD not been hold).

  • Jon Glorioso

    The Ice-Bowl wasn’t a Super Bowl.

  • blaundies

    I am so disgusted here of everyone and anyone in higher ups positions whether it be corporate or government trying to regulate and control every flipping thing we do! America needs to wake up and realize we are NOT home of the free anymore folks! Were in for so much more here its just the tip of the iceburg really. but hey guys WE voted the socialist govt in to office so this is what we get! expect more to come. Pretty soon we will be told what we can and cannot do in our own homes. just think of gun control already in place? Quite frankly I have had enough! To tell people they cant take a taxi? oh ok so you want them to come in and drink a few beers and then get in their cars and drive? they are forcing people to buy the food on the premises.

  • TheBull

    Typical New York atmosphere ……. arrogant A-holes!!

  • UncommonSense

    If this is what they are really doing then I hope NO ONE shows up to watch the game. the NFL couldn’t care less about how they treat the fans and the players, only thing that will change that is by them losing the only thing they care about, your money.. respect and integrity has already left the building long ago.

  • TheBull

    Pull up in a full size dodge extended cab with a full size bed that hauls the bbq and cooler full of your choice of liquid courage!! then just pass the cooking and drinks through the slider in the back window……EVERYONE DO THIS AND PARK!! IT IS WITHIN THEIR F**KING STUPID “SAFE” RULES!!

  • American91

    Seems as though if you point out the corruption behind this decision, your post doesn’t get posted. HUH…wonder how that happens? Must be something wrong with my computer. This NFL CEO has obviously been paid off by the public transportation commission in New Jersey. I don’t think the NFL gives a hoot if you grill, unless they can make a buck if you don’t. It is all about money and control. The only way you can be controlled is if you stand by and let it happen. I had 2 tickets to the game and have now burned them. I will not attend this game and will not attend another professional sporting event until this is reversed. I call to all Americans with a spine, all Americans that care about FREEDOM, all Americans that want to see a free future to do the same and stand up for themselves.

  • TruthInSpending

    Hey, of course it’s about the money. You don’t think the NFL is going to make those concussion payoffs out of their own pocket. That’s just the start. Next it will be knee and joint injuries.
    By the time they settle with the old timers, and provide more bennies for the new guys, regular season game tickets will be close to today’s Super Bowl ducats.

  • Roc Watts

    “While a lot of these rules and guidelines sound insane, they’re in place for our safety.”
    Well I guess I will never go to the games ever again.