Football and tailgating go hand-in-hand. Except apparently at the Super Bowl, where it's now banned. Oh, and walking to the stadium? That's out, too.
ESPN had the report Monday. Game committee CEO Al Kelly says leave the grills at home.
"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.”
"I can't even believe it. It's sacreligious. No tailgating allowed at the Super Bowl. But it's right. They talked about it today. No hibachis. No lawn chairs. No Jimmy Buffett out of your car stereo. You have to stay in your car in the confines of your space." (Via WABC)
"You can't make a burger outside in the freezing cold with your hat? Oh my God!"
"There are too many rules in all of American society right now. It's a rule for everything." (Via Fox Business News)
But that's not the only shocker of the day regarding the big game.
You can't walk to the game, either. Oh, and don't hire a taxi to take you there. If it doesn't have a parking pass, it's not getting in, says Kelly. And if you bring your car, you can't leave early because your vehicle must be there the entire game. (Via CBS)
Did we mention there are only 13,000 parking spots for the estimated 80,000 ticket holders? The reduced parking is reportedly to help security increase their perimeter for the big game.
The Super Bowl, which is being held in New York for the first time, is expected to draw a crowd of about 200,000 people. To get people to the game, officials are suggesting mass use of public transit systems. (Via WKRC)
Super Bowl 48 has already drawn some criticism for being the first Super Bowl outdoors in a cold weather climate in some time. Snow is in the forecast, too, according to the Farmers Almanac. (Via New York Daily News)
Officials say this move is to help increase safety of Super Bowl attendees.