While Super Bowl XLVIII went off without much of a hitch, there was one minor problem that kept the entire experience from being flawless. The New York and New Jersey transit systems were flooded with thousands of people attempting to get to the big game and it led to long lines and waits.
There is very little you can do to avoid the congestion created by thousands of fans going in the same direction, but NFL executive Eric Grubman addressed the transit issues on Monday saying it was a “good lesson learned for all of us” as we prepare for perhaps another big event in the area in the future.
“I think that the underlying reason is that this is a first time for the way this system operates,” Grubman said, via Darryl Slater of the Newark Star-Ledger.
“The second time somebody does something of this nature with this kind of planning, whether it’s a Super Bowl or a concert or a convention, moving that many people in that short a period of time, they’ll have different protocols. You could run buses and trains simultaneously from Secaucus, and there was a plan to do that.”
Of course, the NFL will have to look into everything to determine just how big of a success the Super Bowl was in the area, but from the outside looking in it looks like the New Jersey-New York area is more than capable of hosting another big game.