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article imageNo tailgating at Super Bowl

By Cameron Christner     Dec 12, 2013 in Sports
Super Bowl CEO Al Kelly announced Monday that the long-held tradition of tailgating would not be allowed at this year's game in New Jersey.
Due to heightened security, parking at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey will be severely restricted at the biggest football game of the year.
Parking will be limited to less than 13,000 spots, and because of this shortage, head organizer Al Kelly and his staff decided to ban the practice of tailgating.
At a news conference Monday, Kelly announced, "You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in your 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. And it'll all be watched very carefully."
Some fans have already made plans to adapt. Arriving in pickup trucks, they intend to set up chairs and grill in the beds of their trucks, thereby staying completely within their parking space.
But without a reserved spot, the majority of the 80,000 ticket holders will be forced to use public transportation, or pay $51 to use chartered buses hired by the committee, nicknamed the Fan Express.
Also, drop-offs will not be permitted anywhere near the stadium, nor will people be allowed to walk.
Only fans arriving by public transit, Fan Express, or authorized parked cars will be allowed into the stadium. Any cars parked at the stadium will be required to stay for the duration of the game. In other words, once you go in, you aren't coming back out.
As for people taking the bus, extensive security checks will be carried out both at pickup and drop-off.
With all these new restrictions, the biggest football game of the year may seem unfulfilling without one of its biggest traditions. However, it's all in the name of security, right?
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