For the first time in NFL history, the league will stage its annual Super Bowl in a cold-weather location when MetLife Stadium will host Super Bowl XLVIII this February. With the NFL’s biggest event coming to the New York City area, the league and area organizers have revealed their plans to implement public transportation to get fans to and from the game on a scale never before seen at the event.
With two-thirds of the parking spots outside MetLife Stadium dedicated to television and entertainment vehicles, the host committee has crafted several plans to make transit easier on Super Bowl attendees. Round-trip bus travel will be available with a Fan Express traveling to the Meadowlands from five points in New York and four more staging areas in New Jersey. New Jersey Transit is also featuring a $50 unlimited-ride Super Pass that will be good from January 27 through February 3.
The league and organizers estimate that up to 80 percent of people coming to New York for the Super Bowl will utilize public transit in one form or another to get to and from the various festivities. “If there’s any region that knows how to deal with public transportation issues,” said Jonathan Tisch, a part owner of the New York Giants and one of the chairmen of the host committee, “it’s this region.”