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What You Need to Know about Attending Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII

Carolyne Volpe Curley

Saturday, January 25, 2014 • 5:16pm



Updated as of 8:14 a.m. Sunday

On Sunday, New Jersey will be hosting the historic, first-ever cold weather Super Bowl to be played in an open-air stadium. Fans from around the world will be headed to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford to watch the Denver Broncos battle it out against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII.

The Super Bowl Host Committee has put together the following information to make game day as worry-free as possible for everyone who will be attending so that all can experience a safe, warm and enjoyable experience on Sunday, Feb. 2.

TICKETS
It is still possible to purchase Super Bowl tickets. The NFL ticket exchange is the only venue sanctioned by the National Football League for fans to buy and sell each other tickets. All fans, regardless of age, must have a Super Bowl ticket to enter MetLife Stadium to watch the game.
 
  • Currently there are 337 ticket listings offered from $2.041 to $6,194 for each seat
     
    • The $2.041 tickets are available in Section 325, Row 14
       
    • The $6,194 tickets are available in Section 113, Row 15 on the 50 yard line
CLOTHING
At this time, the National Weather Service in East Rutherford, NJ, is forecasting game time weather to be 45°, dropping down to 37°, with a wind chill of 43°, dropping down to 32°. There are expected to be 5 mph winds and no chance of any precipitation. 


Michael Strahan's Winter Fashion Tips for Super Bowl XLVIII
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Frostbite affects toes, fingers, ears and nose first, so guests are encouraged to wear layers and make sure to include warm socks, boots, gloves, a scarf and a thick hat or wool cap. As the local residents would be the first to tell anyone, most especially, those attending should make sure they wear a heavy coat or parka. 


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TRANSPORTATION
On Super Bowl Sunday, thousands of fans will be approaching MetLife Stadium at the same time and along the same traffic corridor. For many reasons, the Super Bowl Host Committee is strongly encouraging the use of mass transit.

Mass transit will be the best and most efficient way for fans to experience as much of the New Jersey region as possible during the week’s build up to the game.  Commemorative ticket options are available as well for transportation needs. 


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  • Driving and Parking
    For those who are determined to drive to the game, after paying the tolls and enduring the traffic which locals will attest should be horrific, parking will also be an issue. The stadium parking has been reduced and spots will be extremely limited on Super Bowl Sunday and will be available by permit only. Access to the parking lots in the MetLife Stadium complex will only be through the purchase of a parking permit in advance. General spectator parking permits for a car, van, SUV, or town car - which cost $150 - are no longer available for purchase online. RV parking is not permitted at all. However, other parking options are available online

    In addition, tailgating will not be allowed in MetLife Stadium or the IZOD Center parking areas on game day and there will be no bus, limousine, sedan or shuttle drop-off or pick-up areas available to the public.
     
  • Trains
    On game day, NJ Transit will provide frequent train service to MetLife Stadium from New York City and throughout New Jersey.

     
    Kickoff With Transit Super Bowl 48 Game Train  
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    • NJ Transit Super Pass
      A commemorative $50 Super Pass is also being offered by NJ Transit for unlimited use across its entire rail network. It will be valid for the entire week leading up to the Super Bowl including game day.

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    • All transportation agencies are increasing their train frequency for game day as well.
       
    • All riders will travel to Hoboken where they will transfer to the NJ Transit train line to Secaucus Junction. At Secaucus Junction, all passengers will transfer to a final train which will make the 10 minute ride to the stadium. Train schedules for the day will be increased and will start running at 1:40 p.m. on Sunday. Once passengers disembark from the train, they will get off about 75 yards from the stadium and have a very short walk to the entrance. The trains will stop running two hours after the Super Bowl concludes.
  • Fan Express Bus Program
    As part of the mass-transit Super Bowl, the NFL, in cooperation with NJ Transit. has prepared special coach bus routes with pickups in several New Jersey and New York locations for direct, express transportation to the stadium. The Fan Express Bus is expected to be a safe, reliable and easy way for guests to make their way to the stadium so that they don’t have to deal with the traffic, tolls and general aggravation. The information for the bus program is as follows:
     
    • Tickets for the bus are $51 each and are currently sold out online.  
       
    • Passengers will select their desired pickup location from nine locations available throughout New Jersey and New York. On game day, Fan Express riders will show up at the time and location designated on their ticket and take their seat aboard a coach bus for travel on express routes to premium parking locations at MetLife Stadium. The three New Jersey departure points are:
       
      • Hanover Marriott, East Hanover
      • Newark Airport Marriott, Newark
      • The Plaza at Harmon Meadow, Secaucus
         
    • Departure times range from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
       
    • Tickets must be purchased online. Immediately after the order is placed, the ticket should be saved to a computer. In addition, an email will be sent with a link to view the downloadable bus ticket. All tickets must be printed in advance, images of a ticket from a cellphone will not be permitted. 
       
    • Fan Express Bus tickets are non-refundable.
       
    • Once their tickets have been purchased, riders will not be able to change or exchange their departure time or location.
       
    • Children two and under will not require a ticket to board the bus. The child must not occupy a seat and will be required to sit on the lap of a parent or guardian
       
    • If passengers miss their bus, they are not permitted to take the next bus. There is no stand-by option, so it is essential that all passengers be prompt for their boarding times. Failure to board the bus within five minutes from the specific departure time will cancel the bus ticket with no refunds and no exchanges.
       
    • Depending on the departure location, the time will vary, but passengers should allow an hour minimum travel time to and from the stadium.
       
    • A bus ticket is valid only for the specific departure location, for the specific boarding time, for the specific assigned bus number.
       
    • After the game, the last buses will depart the stadium one hour after the trophy presentation.
       
    • Guests will make their way back to the Fan Express parking area in Lot E to board buses back to their original pickup locations.
       
    • Bus ticket must be presented for departure from MetLife Stadium

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SECURITY
The normally intense security process at MetLife Stadium will be significantly heightened for Super Bowl XLVIII.  The NFL implemented a policy this year to expedite the fans entry into the stadium whereby all guests, including VIPs, will be directed to enter through the one same Stadium Entry Pavillion security checkpoint. This main entry pavillion will open at 2 p.m. and all guests will be subject to the same security screening procedures.
 
  • Items Allowed
    To provide a safe environment for the public, the NFL is allowing guests to bring with them only specifically sized items with them into the stadium on game day:
     
    • One ticket for the game; no one will be allowed inside without one
       
    • One blanket, which must be carried through security over a shoulder or arm
       
    • One gallon-sized clear plastic freezer bag to hold personal belongings OR the official NFL 12” clear bag
       
    • One small clutch bags, 4.5" x 6.5", with or without a strap
       
    • Small cameras with with lenses under 6" long and small binoculars
  • Prohibited Items
    Most items will be available for purchase on site:
     
    • No tote bags, purses, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, binocular cases and camera bags of any kind
       
    • No seat cushions
       
    • No strollers
       
    • No umbrellas
       
    • No outside foods or beverages will be allowed including alcohol
       
    • No banners, signs, flags
       
    • No animals with the exception of a service animal
       
    • No coolers, ice chests or thermoses 
       
    • No beach balls, frisbees or footballs
       
    • No camcorders or tripods
       
    • No aerosol cans or glass bottles
       
    • No fireworks
       
    • No laser lights or pointers
       
    • No mace or pepper spray
       
    • No noisemakers or horns
       
    • No poles, sticks or missile-like objects of any kind
       
    • No weapons, knives or explosives
  • GAMEDAY FAN PLAZA
    Once through security, guests will enter a heated plaza which will feature licensed Super Bowl XLVIII merchandise for sale as well as food and beverages. In addition, there will be live entertainment, ice sculptures and the Vince Lombardi trophy will also be on display.
     
    • Kickoff will be at 6:25 p.m. and guests will need to be in their seats by 6 p.m.

Once the game begins, guests can look forward to a half-time performance by Bruno Mars.


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