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George Tarmy has helped find parking spots for Super Bowl ticketholders in the past, but he knew that New York and New Jersey would offer a unique challenge to anyone who wanted to drive to the game.
With only 12,000 parking spots available at MetLife Stadium -- no tailgating -- and roughly 80,000 tickets, there’s an opportunity for anyone looking to provide a more convenient ride than the NFL’s Fan Express buses, or more of a game-day experience by allowing people to grill.
Tarmy’s company, ParkWhiz, has made arrangements with strategically-placed lots in Manhattan and New Jersey -- one is near the PATH train and NJ Transit hubs -- so that fans can park for less money than they’d have to pay at MetLife.
Two of the ParkWhiz lots, all of which can be pre-booked through a website or app, even offer tailgating -- which Tarmy defined as being able to pull out a grill and not having to eat in your car or in the confines of your parking spot.
ParkWhiz isn’t the only entity trying to provide a better game-day experience for Super Bowl-goers. Yesterday East Rutherford and Secaucus announced plans for parties on the day leading up to the game, featuring food and conviviality.
As The New York Times notes, these towns haven’t been granted the NFL’s benediction, so they aren’t permitted to use the term Super Bowl. Hence, Secaucus will host the “Secaucus Winter Blast” and East Rutherford’s is called the “Meadowlands Tailgate Party 2014.”
Getting revelers to the game is crucial for any pre-game party. Out-of-towners from, say, Denver may not be familiar with mass transit. Some private establishments have bus passes to deliver patrons to the stadium, but for others cars, buses and trains are going to be the only way to go.
As we get closer to game day, no doubt more enterprising local communities will be looking for a way they can reap the benefits of the ... er ... Big Game.
Money for nothing: We had a recent post on the NFL’s inflated economic-benefits numbers after talking to sports economist Andrew Zimbalist. Here, Neil deMause goes deeper into how the NFL calculates $600 million in economic impact for the region, and how that methodology may be flawed.
Security rundown: The Super Bowl Host Committee and law-enforcement officials will be having a press conference on Super Bowl security issues on Wednesday. We addressed some of those issues after a conversation with NFL VP of events Frank Supovitz.
Queens for a day?: EA Sports and the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, is hosting an exhibit celebrating the 25th anniversary of Madden NFL. For information on the exhibit, which opened on Jan. 9 and will run through Feb. 23, and how to get there, click here.
Football meets fashion: On Wednesday at 5 p.m., Bloomingdales will unveil a set of football helmets designed by the fashion industry’s heavyweights like Nicole Miller, Diane Von Furstenberg and Kenneth Cole. Get an early look at the objets d’art here. It may seem like an odd combination, but the designers have a lot of fun with the rigidity of the helmet. Some add flowers, beading, a Mohawk. It’s more of a challenge than it seems and plays with the inherent masculinity of the sport.
Come back daily for more on the issues, logistics and personalities surrounding Super Bowl XLVIII.