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Monday, December 9, 2013

Super fun Super Bowl: No tailgating at Super Bowl XLVIII

Posted By on Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 5:54 PM

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There's probably no way to compete with all that fun that people had at the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans. So the host committee for Super Bowl XLVIII — which will be held in sunny East Rutherford, New Jersey, in nice warm February — doesn't even seem to want to try. headline:

No tailgating, no limos, no taxis at Super Bowl XLVIII

It doesn't matter if you've dropped thousands of dollars on tickets. It doesn't matter if you've traveled 3,000 miles to get there. And it doesn't matter if you offer to shovel the snow that's sure to come to the Meadowlands.

You will not be allowed to tailgate at Super Bowl XLVIII. Unless you literally stay inside your car while you do it.

"You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in your car," game committee CEO Al Kelly said during a Monday news conference. "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." has more details, including the interesting fact that you will not be allowed to walk to the Meadowlands:

"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."

NJ Transit will offer a Super Pass for $50 that will be good for all trains, light rail and bus service it provides.

The committee had tried to put together a transit card that would have allowed Super Bowl visitors to switch between all three forms of transit on a single ticket, but it fell apart. Kelly said the different technologies used by the organizations made it a complicated undertaking, though the desire was there.

A few of the comments:

We'd like to unwelcome you to the most rigidly un-fun, most expensive, most inconvenient, worst SB in history, where we will carefully orchestrate your heavily taxed movements and funnel you to our predetermined, prefabbed spending opportunities, where you will be assured of receiving a limited amount of value for as much money as we feel we can possibly extract from you. In the meantime, you can be assured there will be no tailgating, no pedestrian access, and nothing in the nearby vicinity. You may arrive by bus, which costs $51, and is all but guaranteed to be an unpleasurable experience.

Why does he say you can't walk? What does that even mean? You can't walk? Will ticket holders have to wear pedometers, and at the entrance to the stadium they'll check your ticket and your pedometer, and if you have more than X number of steps they'll turn you away? 

It will be interesting how they stop anyone that drives a pickup truck and bbq's in the back of it, or if several people show up together and park beside each other then use the whole area behind their cars. They cant enforce this and shouldn't even try. 

New Orleans is putting together a bid for the 2018 Super Bowl, and we're one of three finalists (the others are Indianapolis and Minneapolis). Perhaps the decision should be made based on factors like walkability, tailgateability and just general humanity.

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