A tailgating ban at this upcoming Super Bowl may leave fans disappointed, but this total party ban has been confirmed by the Super Bowl committee in order to ensure fan safety. While food and drinks will be allowed inside people’s vehicles, there is a strict no-tailgating policy that will be enforced, and CEO Al Kelly said that all fans “will be watched very carefully,” Yahoo! Sports shares this Monday, Dec. 9.
The tailgating ban for the season’s Super Bowl this Feb. 2, 2014, was announced at today’s press conference by the chief committee, which also discussed transportation guidelines and safety rules for arrival and regulations at the game. The total party ban was one of the primary concerns, but there was also a mention that no fans would be allowed to enter New Jersey’s Metlife stadium by foot, either.
"You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in your car," CEO Al Kelly affirmed in a recent statement. "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."
There are an estimated 80,000 ticketholders for the big sports event, and while football fans everywhere may be disappointed at the tailgating ban, the committee seems to simply be proactive in preventing any issues at the highly crowded Super Bowl. To put things in perspective, fewer than 13,000 parking spaces are available, highlighting a need for charter buses, the N.J. Transit to the Metlife Stadium, and being dropped off by pre-approved vehicles complete with valid parking passes.
"Nobody's going to be dropped off by black car," Kelly added. "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."
No fans can enter the Super Bowl host stadium this year by foot, either. Officials are said to be watching fans carefully on this front as well.
"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."
With the tailgating ban in tow, are you planning on having your sports party with friends and family at home this year? If you are attending the Super Bowl this 2014, it seems preparation will be key.