Super Bowl XLVIII: Tailgating may be banned from MetLife Stadium parking lots

MetLife Stadium in New Jersey will host Super Bowl XLVIII. Photo: gargudojr/Flickr

(WJLA) - This year's Super Bowl - the biggest sporting event of the year in America, let alone football - may be without one of the staples of football game day entirely.

According to, fans may not be able to tailgate at Super Bowl XLVIII, which will be held Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The stadium itself has about 27,000 parking spaces, but only 11,000 will be available to fans attending the game, meaning that spots will be at a premium. Officials told that they don't even know if they'll allow grills or standard tailgating equipment into the lot.

"People will not have reserved spaces - they will be directed exactly where to go, and because parking is at a premium, absolutely no one will be taking up more than one space," Wayne Hasenbalg, the president of the New Jersey Sports and Exhibition Authority, told the site.

This year's Super Bowl will be the first ever to be held at an open-air stadium in a cold-weather city.