Super Bowl committee CEO Al Kelly has confirmed that there will be no tailgating at Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey. From the sound of Jane McManus’ report on ESPN.com, this is shaping up to be one of the least fun Super Bowls – attendance-wise – in recent memory.
With fewer than 13,000 parking spots available, fans will not be allowed to set up tailgate parties. According to Kelly, fans can still congregate by their vehicles, though it may be a little cramped.
“You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in you car,” Kelly said. “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.
McManus also reports that transportation to the game may be a nightmare. There will be no drop-offs allowed, unless a car has a parking pass, nor will people be allowed to walk to the stadium. Any attendee without a parking pass must use public transportation.
“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 premises the entire time.”
Fans who had considered parking farther from the stadium and getting there on foot will not be allowed to enter.
“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 can not walk.”
So let’s see: no tailgating, no passenger drop off, cold weather and one of the most overvalued tickets in all of sports. Take it away, Bob.
*UPDATE* According to NFL Senior Vice President of Events, Frank Supovitz, there will be tailgating allowed – we think. Shortly after reports surfaced that the Super Bowl committee confirmed no tailgating, Supovitz sent the following tweet, saying that there is no ban.
Contrary 2 reports, there is no ban on TLG8ing at SBXLVIII. Just can’t bring grills or take up an empty pkg space.
— Frank Supovitz (@SupEvents) December 9, 2013
No grills? Last time we checked, grills were one of the main ingredients to tailgating. It sounds like Supovitz is trying to sugarcoat the situation.