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Tailgating ban: Fans strongly criticize tailgating ban for Super Bowl XLVIII

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The recent tailgating ban means that those who are going to the Super Bowl in 2014 will not be allowed to tailgate at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2, 2014 prior to the NFL’s championship game, according to a Dec. 10 NFL.SI report.

The tailgating ban was revealed Monday by Al Kelly, president and CEO of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee. Regarding the tailgating ban, Kelly gave the following statement: “You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in you car. 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,” he announced.

He explained that the taligating ban was put into effect as a way to keep crowd traffic under control at the game.

Not only will the tailgating ban be issued, Kelly also said during the press conference. "And it'll all be watched very carefully."

The Star-Ledger, reports that the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey has approximately 26,000 parking spots. However, this number will be dramatically reduced to around 11,000 for the Super Bowl due to security checkpoints, temporary structures, and space needed for TV station trucks. Compared to regular season games for the New York Giants and Jets, the figure represents about a 60 percent drop in parking availability.

The tailgating ban likely won't irritate most game-goers because officials are expecting most fans to utilize one of the special public transportation routes set up specifically for game day, ESPN reports.

Ticket holders will have to use the option listed above or they are required to buy a seat on the Fan Express bus. No one will be allowed to park farther away and walk to the stadium or be dropped off at the front gate.

"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."

"You cannot walk to the Super Bowl," Kelly added. "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."

The tailgating ban as well as the other measures put into effect during the big game were established as a way to keep fans safer because the greater New York City area sees hundreds of thousands of commuters on a daily basis. According to Kelly, an additional 400,000 people in town for the game could make getting to and from the stadium a nightmare.

Although the tailgating ban is sure to inconvenience many, Kelly offered the following statement regarding the transportation situation: "We believe it's probably going to be less of a challenge getting people who are unfamiliar with our system to get on the trains," Kelly said.

Fans have already started to express their dislike for the tailgating ban via social media outlets such as Twitter. Do you think the tailgating ban will have a negative impact on the Super Bowl? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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