Super Bowl XLVIII seems to be stirring up breaking news and unfortunate controversy nearly every week. This week was no different either. Three new stories emerged that showed the opportunities, and the possible issues, that face the year's biggest sporting event in the United States.
Story #1 - There will be no tailgating at the Super Bowl. Also, no black cars or taxis to the Super Bowl (aka no drop offs), if you have a car, it needs to be parked there the entire game.
“You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in your car. And provided you’re in the boundaries of a single parking space, you’ll be able to eat or drink right next to your car. However, you’re not going to be able take out a lounge chair, you’re not going to be able to take out a grill, and you’re not going to be able to take up more than one parking space. And it’ll all be watched very carefully." said Superbowl Committee Chairman/Head Fun Policeman Al Kelly Click here to read the entire story on SI.com
FlipKey's Take: What a disaster. Tailgating and football go together like peas and carrots (two things you'd never see at a tailgate, by the way.) What kind of animal eats inside their car? Tailgating is one of the most beloved aspects of a day at the stadium, and taking this away from (most likely freezing attendees) will only ratchet down the fun and excitement. This is another good reason to stay at a vacation rental during the Super Bowl, where you can grill, drink, and be merry 'til your heart's content.
Story #2 - New York and New Jersey residents can make upwards of $10,000 renting their homes out for Super Bowl week on sites like FlipKey.com
VP of Marketing for FlipKey, Eric Horndahl, spoke with Stuart Varney from Varney & Co. on the FOX Business Network to discuss the opportunity New Jersey and New York homeowners have during this year's Super Bowl to rent out their properties for big bucks.
FlipKey's Take: Consider us biased. We think renting out a vacation home is a huge win for both the renter, and the rentee, during Super Bowl week. The renter can make an unexpected amount of money from this event, and the rentee has space, privacy, and proximity to the stadium while probably saving some money to boot. By getting a group together and renting out a house for the week, the cost of your lodging is greatly reduced from staying at a hotel. Some homes are even within a few miles of the stadium and have special amenities like a fully stocked bar or a Cadillac Escalade rental for an extra fee.
Story #3 - New York City Releases New Transit Map for Superbowl Attendees
"The Metropolitan Transportation Agency released its first-ever regional transportation map today. The diagram shows all New York and New Jersey transit services including New Jersey Transit, PATH trains, Long Island Railroad, AirTran, and the NYC subway. The map was released for the 2014 Super Bowl that will be held this February at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The map, which will appear on all transit websites and Super Bowl materials, includes football icons that show where Super Bowl-related events will take place." Click here to read the entire story on Skift.com
FlipKey's Take: For non-New Yorkers the MTA map is normally very confusing, with trains changing tracks and times at seemingly a moment's notice. This improved edition should help football fans from around the country and world navigate NY and NJ's cluttered public transit, and hopefully arrive at their destination on time and in one piece.