Skip to comments.Super Bowl chaos (pre & post-game crowd disaster)
Posted on 02/03/2014 11:34:00 AM PST by logi_cal869
Super Bowl chaos: Officials plead with 28,000 train-bound fans to stay inside MetLife Stadium after Super Bowl despite having hours to react after pre-game transit disaster
Despite record ridership causing massive inbound delays prior to the game, NJ Transit officials had only one train platform open when the game let out.
'Absolutely pathetic, the NFL had 40,000 people coming on buses, they knew there was going to be 45,000 people coming out,' Tammy Ritchie, from Vancouver, Canada, told the Star-Ledger. 'We stood in line sweating, its absolute horse crap. (snip)
As more trains arrived, police tried to thin the sweating, jostling crowd by spreading people across the platform.
Initial fan calls of "Seahawks" and "Broncos" gave way to angry shouts of 'New Jersey, your Super Bowl sucks!'
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
People’s Democratic Worker’s Socialist Republic Paradise of New Jersey: “Why would we want our new imported subjects to leave?”
How long before some minor NJ poll blames this on Cristi?
Interesting. Thanks for posting this. A bunch of fans get to watch a great Super Bowl game and they complain because they have to wait a bit to catch a train?!
The metro service just moved a record number of people for this game and made extra accommodation to make people comfortable by opening up the VIP sections so they could be comfortable while they wait. And then they expect the vendors to give them a cut rate on food and drink?!
This train wreck was predicted weeks if not months ago, yet the authorities did nothing to ease it.
Guess now Dallas is off the hook for the worst Cluster of a Super Bowl.
All week all we heard this was New York’s Superbowl, first sign of screw up it’s New Jersey’s Superbowl, even the snow on Monday morning is New jersey’s fault no mention of New York airports shut down.
this was an appetizer for the chaos of Sochi starting soon
Recall 3/11...the pics & videos I'm finding online are appalling. There were people stuck til well after midnight, from comments I've read. For example:
Seattle residents Yvonne Murray and her brother, Keith Jenkins, both got swept up in the logjam.
Murray rolled her eyes as she grabbed a plate of food from Sbarro before boarding her train. Despite the hundreds of volunteers who signed up to serve as Ambassadors, fans said there was only one small police officer and an elderly volunteer trying to control the crowd.
There was nobody there to tell you what to do.
In frustration, people ran them over, Jenkins said. Upset is how he described the customers' reaction.
Three train lines were converging. They had one little cop there. She was about 5-foot-3. They ran her over.
"They want people to take mass transit," said Mannis. "There's no lines here. It's a free for all."
12 a.m.: Even longer wait time, bringing in buses Just before midnight NJ Transit officials at the stadium announced that it would take at least an hour for everybody to be removed from the station at MetLife and that they are bringing buses in to help move some of the passengers.
We completely lost control, a stadium security guard told the Daily News, explaining that NJ Transit gravely underestimated the number of riders to and from the game.
...among many, many other posts. They called this 'the first mass-transit Superbowl', yet didn't have a clue everyone would be leaving at the same time. Natch.
Every single NJ Transit passenger had to go through a security check on the train as well as at the stadium. They had to check each passenger’s round trip train ticket and the superbowl ticket. The back up of people at the Secuaucus Train Station (a/k/a the Frank J. Lautenberg Station) must have been a nightmare.
I have to assume that you are talking about some other Super Bowl game, because this was one of the worst football games I have ever watched.
New Jersey got no credit for anything but now the media wants to slam them for problems? Typical.
Another advantage of living in one of the democrats largest plantations.
“All week all we heard this was New Yorks Superbowl, first sign of screw up its New Jerseys Superbowl, even the snow on Monday morning is New jerseys fault no mention of New York airports shut down.”
So true; I hope they never have it here again. NJ gained nothing by hosting this (but a worsened reputation, if that was possible).
“The back up of people at the Secuaucus Train Station (a/k/a the Frank J. Lautenberg Station) must have been a nightmare.”
The station itself was a disaster from the start; I’ve read articles where the vendors there expected a flood of business when it first opened years ago, and nobody showed up. They didn’t have ample parking; they thought they would simply force Jerseyans into a complete mass-transit commute, when they wanted a park & ride there instead. I believe they added parking to switch it to more of a park & ride; they thought people would come on one train or bus, and leave on another train or bus, and that just isn’t how people in NJ roll. If they wanted to do that, they wouldn;t have fled NYC over the years. Our HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lanes flopped for similar reasons; we love our cars, and won’t carpool.
i would complain if i had to wait over an hour in a tunnel in temperatures of up to 120 degrees... people sweating and having to remove their shirts... yuck! people passing out... crazy...
I should have qualified my statement. As a Seahawk fan the only thing that was disappointing about the game was that they did not get another touchdown or two. Even at that, I enjoyed every minute of this game.
What was really fun was watching the Bronco trying to burn up the clock going with running plays with 9 minutes left in the game.
As usual I should have read more carefully...
Thanks for the added info. I should have read more carefully.
And probably puking.
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