72 Days: Leave your grills at home?

November, 22, 2013
WingsDoug Pensinger/Getty ImagesTailgaters, take notice: You may not be able to barbecue at Super Bowl XLVIII.
Each day from now until Feb. 2, ESPNNewYork.com will take you inside the challenge of staging the most unpredictable NFL title game ever. There are 72 days to the Super Bowl.

The Feb. 2 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium will be different for many reasons, but the lack of parking and heightened security could combine to mean that it becomes an NFL title game without tailgating.

As John Brennan reports in the Bergen Record, the Meadowlands Sports Complex will go on lockdown for a week before the big game, starting on Jan. 27. Only people with proper credentials will be allowed to access the site.

As we’ve reported, the number of parking spots for the game will be sliced to 12,000 -- meaning fewer cars will be allowed on site. Al Kelly, the Super Bowl host committee’s CEO, said he wants to make this the public transportation Super Bowl.

Given the volume of cars that might otherwise be on the road -- with fans and media staying all over the area -- taking the train will be easier on the region. Given the complications of possible weather, it may be more reliable as well.

But the restrictions will cut down on one of the most well-loved fan traditions: bundling up by the car and barbecuing before the game starts.

Come back daily for more on the issues, logistics and personalities surrounding Super Bowl XLVIII.
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.




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