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Super Bowl fans won't be able to spread out in parking lot

Alfred Kelly, Jr., president and CEO of the

Alfred Kelly, Jr., president and CEO of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, speaks alongside, from left, Jim Weinstein, executive director of NJ Transit, Jonathan Tisch, co-chairman of the Super Bowl Host Committee, and Carmen Bianco, president of MTA New York City Transit, during a news briefing concerning transportation to Super Bowl XLVIII. (Dec. 9, 2013) Credit: AP

Fans planning to attend Super Bowl XLVIII are welcome to eat, drink and be merry . . . as long as it's within the confines of their own parking spot at MetLife Stadium.

Tailgating will be limited during the Feb. 2 game, the Super Bowl host committee announced Monday at a news conference.

"You're not going to be able to take up more than one parking space," committee CEO Alfred Kelly said. "It will all be watched very carefully."

The restrictions are due, in part, to limited parking at the stadium for what will be a media frenzy. This Super Bowl, the first played outdoors in a cold-weather venue, is expected to draw close to 400,000 visitors. More than half of the 28,500 parking spaces at the stadium will be unavailable, Kelly said, leaving "slightly under 13,000" spots for commuters.

"You will be allowed to have food and drink in your car," Kelly said, "and, provided you're in the boundaries of a single parking space, you'll be able to eat or drink next to your car."

Kelly added, "You're not going to be able to take out your lounge chair and you're not going to be able to take out a grill."

The Farmer's Almanac forecasts a potential snowstorm in the region that weekend.

Car services will not have access to the stadium's usual drop-off points, Giants treasurer and host committee co-chairman Jonathan Tisch said. The committee recommends the use of public transportation and said it estimates that more than 70 percent of the game's attendees will arrive via mass transit.

A "Fan Express" bus service will be provided, and tickets will cost $51. The coach buses will offer rides to and from nine locations in New York City and New Jersey, including Grand Central Station.

"We are ready to meet the customer demand," NJ Transit executive director Jim Weinstein said, adding that NJ Transit will offer a $50 "Super Pass" that features unlimited rides from Jan. 27-Feb. 3.

"We've been working tirelessly since Super Bowl XLVIII was announced," Tisch said. "We're excited about all the opportunities."

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