The capacity of MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ is about 80,000. That’s about how many people attended the Superbowl last year in New Orleans and about the same nunmber of people who were at the Giants-Broncos game in September at MetLife.
When the Superbowl comes to New York and New Jersey in February, transportation officials are gearing up to move even more tourists and neighbors.
Some changes are being planned and are already in the works at the hub that leads to the stadium in new Jersey.
NJ Transit spokesman Bill Smith described the improvements at Secaucus Junction. “The Meadowlands station can already accommodate these trains, so making them uniform will lead to greater efficiency,” he said.
Work to extend the station’s lower level platforms by 120 feet should be done by Thanksgiving. This will allow for the use of larger 10-car trains, which will increase capacity for game day, but also for future Meadowlands-related use, NJ Transit reported.
The agency estimates the 10-car multilevel train sets can handle about 1,400 to 1,800 passengers per trip and will be able to move about 14,000 or 15,000 people an hour to the Super Bowl.
The bus service area is also expanding at the junction to increase traffic flow. “Capacity will increase from 4 to 14 buses – permitting expanded service not only for Super Bowl but future Meadowlands events. Additionally, this will provide an added benefit going forward during rush hour incidents on 495 or the Lincoln Tunnel. During these incidents, NJ TRANSIT and private carrier buses are diverted to Secaucus and transferred aboard rail service to NY,” Smith said.
Specific decisions about times and bus routes are yet to be determined. The New Jersey Department of Transportation could consider creating a dedicated bus lane to the area.MTA Chairman and CEO Tom Prendergast says the subway system will be able to accommodate the visitors for the week-long Superbowl experience, which is based in New York City.