This year’s Super Bowl is coming up and for the first time it is going to be held in an open-air stadium in a region of the country (New Jersey) where the winter weather can get pretty bad. But what interested me was this news report describing the restrictions on how people can actually get to the stadium.
Basically, if you do not have a parking pass for your car, your options are very limited. You are not allowed to get to the gates by taxi or limousine. Incredibly, you are not allowed to even walk to the stadium. So you have to either take the New Jersey transit or a charter bus called the Fan Express that will pick up passengers at nine locations around the region and costs $51.
They have also outlawed that other bizarre side-show of football, the tail-gate parties, where people basically bring their own grills and food and drinks and have a picnic in the parking lot. Why people would go all that distance to just sit outside the stadium in the cold during the game, when they could be watching it in the comfort of their home, is beyond me.
The kind of people who are willing to spend more than three hours in a freezing cold stadium watching huge men beat the stuffing out of each other will probably see all these as minor inconveniences. But I am curious how the elite will react to not being able to arrive in their limousines.