NFL to Super Bowl tailgaters: one parking spot per vehicle

Of 28,000 parking spaces at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, 15,000 will be used for security and media during Super Bowl XLVII.

Story highlights

  • Contrary to reports, NFL says tailgating is not banned at Super Bowl XLVIII
  • Of 28,000 parking spaces at MetLife Stadium, 15,000 will be used for security and media
  • Most fans at the game are expected to be out-of-towners who will use mass transit
The National Football League wants to make it clear that tailgating will not be banned at Super Bowl XLVIII.
But fans won't be allowed to spread out their pregame festivities like they did in the regular season.
The blueprint of New Jersey's MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014, will look vastly different than it did in the regular season, according to NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy.
MetLife Stadium will need to secure 15,000 of its 28,000 available parking spaces for security and media purposes, leaving 13,000 parking spots for the expected 80,000 ticket-holders, McCarthy said.
Fans will still be able to bring food and beverages, just like they would for a regular season game; and the "no lit flame" rule will still apply -- enacted after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. But fans will not be allowed to take up multiple parking spots for their blacktop bashes, McCarthy said.