Brooklyn football fans are flocking to get tickets to see the Super Bowl 2014, to be held in New Jersey.
- When is the Super Bowl? The 2014 Super Bowl, also known as Super Bowl XLVIII, will be held Sunday, February 2, 2014. The game starts after sunset.
- Where is the Super Bowl? It will be held at at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, a football stadium located in the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The MetLife Stadium is home of the NFL teams the New York Giants and New York Jets.
- What's the best way to get there? Public transportation! They're calling this the "first mass-transit Super Bowl," complete with a new Fan Express Bus program.
- Don't drive. Only a fraction of the usual parking spaces (about 11,000 out of 26,000 usual spaces) will be available to fans, according to local media reports. There won't even be any tailgating allowed. For road and traffic updates, see www.511nj.org.
Here are 10 practical FAQ for football fans thinking of going to the 2014 Super Bowl game.
Get tickets directly from the organizers. Super Bowl Ticket Packages. As of Dec. 30, 2013, they say:"
Limited Super Bowl XLVIII packages are available for purchase at nflonlocation.com. Ticket packages include tickets to the game, insider access and gameday hospitality options.
- NFL Ticket Exchange powered by Ticketmaster is the only NFL approved resale site where fans can buy and sell verified authentic Super Bowl XLVIII tickets. Fans can buy Super Bowl XLVIII resale tickets up to kickoff on Super Bowl Sunday. Visit NFL.com/TicketExchange to buy and sell tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII or visit the main lobby of the Crowne Plaza Times Square (1605 Broadway at 49th Street) to buy, sell or pick up tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII.
2. Dress Warmly: The Game's Outside, It's February in N.J.
Don't go in your Floridian shirt to this game!
The 2014 Super Bowl will be played outside, starting late afternoon -- and as it goes on, the wan winter sun will set. Did we mention the date is February 2nd? Sure, it could be a balmy 50 degrees if you're lucky.
The play goes on, snow or otherwise. Come prepared.
3. Be Smart: Time Your Trip to the Super Bowl Game
You don't want to miss a minute of the game. Allow plenty of time both coming and going if you are planning on making connections, meeting someone for dinner or getting home to the babysitter in Bay Ridge.
Consider two things when planning your schedule: the fact that thousands of other fans will descend on the stadium. And, the weather.
NJ Transit suggests checking back approximately one week before the Super Bowl to reconfirm your trip as they are adjusting schedules, too.
Public transit schedules after the game may be adjusted depending on passenger loading and the exact time the game ends
(Tip: Keep on top of developments regarding transportation to the Superbowl via Twitter with NY Transit: #SB48GAMETRAIN. Or, check online.)
Thanks to increased security in the post-Boston Marathon bombing era, you must pay attention to what you are carrying to the 2014 Super Bowl. According to official sources, Super Bowl fans are permitted to carry just two items inside the stadium:
- one clear plastic bag that does not exceed 12" x 6" x 12"
- a small clutch bag, approximately 4.5" x 6.5".
They say, "Purses, handbags, seat cushions, camera and binocular cases are not permitted."
If you resent this, take solace in the fact that there's no tailgating allowed, either. "There will be no tailgating," Wayne Hasenbalg, the authority's president, told The Star-Ledger, in November, 2013.
So, dress warmly because you can't carry that much. The game is in February, in the evening, so temperatures will be dropping.
You cannot leave personal items on the Fan Express Buses (see below) while attending the Super Bowl.
How to get there: There's a special bus service for Super Bowl fans called the Fan Express Bus. To date, it leaves only from various meeting points in Manhattan. They include Battery Place, Madison Square Park, the Waldorf, Grand Central and others.
Note that your special Fan Express Bus ticket, unlike an MTA MetroCard, is valid only "at the specific departure location, for the specific boarding/departure time, for the specific assigned bus number." If you miss boarding, you'll miss the bus, in which case they cancel the bus ticket and you get no refunds, no exchanges. The Fan Express Bus ticket costs about $50. The ride should take about an hour.
6. Getting There: Public Transit, Train from Brooklyn
You can also take mass transit, meaning New Jersey Transit. Plan on 3 transfers each way between Brooklyn and the Meadowlands Sports Center. The trains start running at 1:30 PM on Super Bowl Sunday, and will stop two hours after the game is over.
Basically, you must:
- Use the subway to travel from Brooklyn to Penn Station
- At Penn Station, take NJ Transit from Penn Station to Secaucus. Take a Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line, Morris & Essex Lines or Montclair-Boonton Line train to Secaucus Junction.
- At Secaucus Junction, you change to the special walk Meadowlands Rail Line . Just walk up to the rotunda, pass through fare gates and proceed to the tracks where Meadowlands Rail Line trains depart. The train ride is just about 10 minutes.
It's smart to buy your NJ Transit tickets in advance to save time on Game Day.
- Use your mobile- Download NJ TRANSIT's MyTix app from Google Play Store for Android devices or the App Store for iOS devices and purchase your tickets.
- Online - Purchase tickets for travel between Penn Station New York and Meadowlands Sports Complex for select events online here.
- Ticket Vending Machines are available at all rail stations, bus terminals and other select locations and accept credit cards, debit cards and cash
- Ticket Offices - Available at major stations and terminals.
(Tip: When dealing with NJ Transit, say you are going from "New York Penn Station" to the "Meadowlands Sports Complex." This is important because there's a Penn Station in Newark, NJ, too.)
7. Getting There: Going Cheaply by NJ Transit Bus
If you don't want to go by train, you can take a bus from Port Authority. Beware the traffic, of course.
Where You Depart From: Go to NJ TRANSIT at Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT) on Eighth Avenue between 40th and 42nd streets, one block west of Times Square. NJ TRANSIT operates buses to the Meadowlands. However, check the schedule in advance!
Cost: Normally the bus costs about $5.
Time: Normally the ride takes about 20-30 minutes in light traffic. However there will be a ton of traffic between Manhattan and Meadowlands for the Super Bowl.
8. NJ Transit "Super Bowl Super Pass" Doubles as a Souvenir
If you do use NJ Transit: You can buy a limited edition commemorative pass for Super Bowl Week 2014 - called SUPER PASS. It's sold through Jan. 20 by NJ Transit and costs $50 pass. If you are going back and forth five times, it makes sense, as the return fare costs about $10 on an one-by-one basis. It's also a souvenir of Super Bowl XLVII with a unique QR code and serial number.
The SUPER PASS is valid for unlimited travel from Monday, January 27 through Monday, February 3, 2014 on all NJ TRANSIT rail, bus, light rail and Access Link services including travel to and from Newark Liberty International Airport and New York City.
However, you can only get to Penn Station in Manhattan, not Brooklyn using this pass.
9. Check To See if You Get Special Ticket Discounts
NJ Transit offers some discounts:
- Senior Citizen and Customers with Disabilities Those 62 and older, and customers with disabilities can travel on NJ TRANSIT at a reduced fare of half the regular one-way fare at all times.
- Children (ages 5 - 11) save at least 50 percent at all times. In addition, up to three children four and under can ride free with a passenger paying any valid fare.
- Family SuperSaver Fares - Starting at 7:00 pm Friday, January 24 through 6:00 am Monday, February 3, 2014. Up to two children (ages 5 - 11) can ride free with a passenger paying any valid fare.
10. Know Who To Call
- There's a lot of information on the site of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Company, the entity created by the owners of the New York Jets and the New York Football Giants to stage the game...
- NFL official site
- NJ TRANSIT Information 973 275 5555 : You can call the automated line 24/7, but to get an operator, call between 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- NJ TRANSIT Police: 800 772 2287 or 973 378 6565.
- If drive you must, check out the parking situation.
Lastly, is there WIFI? Yes!
11. "Snowflakes" Charity
There's a local benefit to the 2014 Super Bowl, too; a new football field is being built at this historic Boys and Girls High School in Beford- Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. In December 2013, this initiative was announced by the NFL, the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee and then-New York City Mayor Bloomberg, as one of a number of city-wide efforts to help programs which serve the city youth, or suffered major damage in fall 2012 as a result of Hurricane Sandy.