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31 Days: Herd mentality

1/2/2014
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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 31 days until the Super Bowl.

With exactly one month to go until the Super Bowl, one thing is clear: If you are going to be in New Jersey or New York on the weekend of Feb. 2, whether you're here for festivities or going to the actual game, prepare to be herded.

This is the theme for plenty of big events in the era of Big Security -- the Olympics, for example -- but the Super Bowl usually tries to combine the crowded ambience of the championship game with a more exclusive feel, whether that’s a black-car drop-off area or velvet-rope access for A-listers.

This year, with very little access for cars, people of nearly all economic classes should prepare to be shuttled, or to learn how to use New York City and New Jersey’s reliable and convenient mass transit system. It’s probably a good thing. A snowfall that might turn the West Side Highway into a slippery mess won’t necessarily disrupt the subway, particularly where the rails are underground.

You might just want to leave dress more warmly and leave the heels at home.

This may not be what’s convenient, or the most familiar to Super Bowl-goers who are used to walking from the French Quarter to the Superdome, or parking in downtown Indianapolis and using the skywalk system to Lucas Oil Stadium.

As for the game itself, fans will have to allow more time to get there via train or shuttle, and account for the lines at the seven welcome pavilions where all fans will be scanned by security.

It may take longer, but that’s the price for going to an event in the New York metro area with 80,000 of your closest friends.

Come back daily for more on the issues, logistics and personalities surrounding Super Bowl XLVIII.