As we all know, the NFL has selected MetLife Stadium to host the 2014 Super Bowl. While the economic benefits, as well as the historic significance of the game(going to be the first Super Bowl played in an open roof stadium) associated with having the Super Bowl in the New York/New Jersey area are obvious, the lesser known evil of the equation, as we discussed in class, is the congestion a major event such as this causes.
The Super Bowl has been played in major cities all over the US. Indianapolis, New Orleans, Arizona, just to name a few, but nothing quite like New York. Indianapolis and New Orleans are both small enough to have everything in or within walking distance, while Arizona was a larger and more spread out. The one problem that this Super Bowl faces is the density of the Northern NJ/New York area. We’re in the most dense part of America, and anybody who has tried to drive down the turnpike or the parkway during rush hour would agree.
The New Jersey Transit/ New York Subway system is going to packed to the brim with fans trying to get to the Meadowlands for the game. Obviously this is going to cause multiple delays and headaches for everybody trying to utilize the systems. Drunk fans will get rowdy and impatient and start causing problems, much to the dismay of the general public. Police officers will be out in droves, making sure everybody is protected from these fans, only contributing to the problem. Traffic cops will also be out guiding the flow of traffic through the city, making it safer for pedestrians to walk, but more of a hassle for anybody trying to drive out of the city.
New Jersey will have just as many problems, as much of the towns surrounding MetLife Stadium are small. Narrow streets and lines of traffic lights will make it nearly impossible to get to the stadium an hour or so before kickoff. Congestion will be at an all time high, with cars lining the streets and moving at a snails pace.
Now while the hosting city’s team has yet to make the Super Bowl the year their stadium has hosted the game, I feel we should at least entertain the idea. If the Giants or Jets were to make the Super Bowl in 2014, all of the concerns about traffic and congestion should be multiplied tenfold. Giants and Jets fans are some of the most passionate fans in the game, and they will no doubt make every effort to attend the game, or at least find a bar or restaurant to watch the screening.