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Super Bowl fans trapped for hours
at MetLife stadium, 9/11 protester
crashes media room

New York Daily News, by RICH SCHAPIRO , ETHAN SACKS

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Posted By:FlyRight, 2/3/2014 7:32:03 AM

One of the biggest blowouts in Super Bowl history was capped by one of the biggest blunders in regional transit history.Overwhelmed by a record number of riders, NJ Transit kept fans waiting after the game for hours for shuttle trains from MetLife Stadium. Jubilation over the Seattle Seahawks’ 43-8 stomping of the Denver Broncos quickly deteriorated into transportation chaos.“Worst train system ever,” fumed Steve Snorsky, 45, of Seattle, whose joy was drained by enormous lines of people waiting for shuttle trains to Secaucus Junction.“I’ve been to every home Seahawks game and I never waited in such a s--t show,” Snorsky

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Poobah, 2/3/2014 7:39:41 AM     (No. 9717090)

They weren´t "trapped." They just had to wait or, possibly, call a cab.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: texascunning, 2/3/2014 7:40:05 AM     (No. 9717091)

Wow, that sounds a lot like the Obamacare website launch: "biggest blunders" "overwhelmed" "waiting... for hours"

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Keekng, 2/3/2014 7:45:04 AM     (No. 9717096)

Payback for "Bridge gate"?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: strike3, 2/3/2014 7:59:57 AM     (No. 9717107)

I guess paying 1000+ cops overtime to ensure security wasn´t such a good investment?

But they did prevent the consumption of burgers in the parking lot, so that´s a plus.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: essgee1952, 2/3/2014 8:10:54 AM     (No. 9717120)

These were probably the same people who were scoffing at us Atlantans last week.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Hermoine, 2/3/2014 8:10:59 AM     (No. 9717121)

Mr. Snorsky, if you think that was a sh*t show, you should´ve been in Atlanta last Tuesday night.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: dodge boy, 2/3/2014 8:14:18 AM     (No. 9717124)

No mass transit train problems in Denver yesterday evening. The masses who went to the pubs in Denver LoDo left for home early.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 2/3/2014 9:15:32 AM     (No. 9717214)

My wife drove through Denver yesterday and said I-25 traffic was light all the way to Cheyenne Wyoming for a business trip.
I guess the fans were all stoned on pot and could care less about the game.
The food commercials were a success because everyone had the ´munchies´. I guess the Broncos and Colorado citizens were all ´Up In Smoke´ on Sunday.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: jimK1, 2/3/2014 9:26:29 AM     (No. 9717236)

New Jersey´s Demo/RINO efficiency at its best. Maybe they should play ads in NY touting their ever so slightly lower taxes and say it´s a wonderful place to live.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: mc squared, 2/3/2014 9:28:07 AM     (No. 9717240)

It was NJ Transit that allowed many new trains to be flood damaged in Sandy for storing them in low lying areas.

The agency said 261 rail cars and 62 locomotives had been damaged, many at a maintenance site in Kearny, N.J. The rest of the damage — about 20 percent, the agency estimated — happened at the agency’s Hoboken terminal and rail yard. NY Times1-21-12

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mickturn, 2/3/2014 9:37:48 AM     (No. 9717261)

Hmmm, make the protester pay for everyones time at $100/hr.

Put him/her in prison until it´s paid (hard labor at $10/day).



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Reply 12 - Posted by: god of irony, 2/3/2014 9:38:46 AM     (No. 9717263)

Liberalism 101. This is what happens when you rely on the federal government to provide for your basic needs instead of assuming responsibility for yourself.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Screwgun, 2/3/2014 9:45:33 AM     (No. 9717281)

You should see Loudon NH after a NASCAR race. It can take 4 hours to get out of the parking lot.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Arby, 2/3/2014 10:24:17 AM     (No. 9717335)

Horrible game but also a horrible venue for a game. I get it that the league wants to spread the money around by moving the venue, but if I were to actually contemplate attending I would want the game to always be held in the Rose Bowl or someplace similar, where you can count on good weather and be assured that logistics will be handled with relative ease.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: bighambone, 2/3/2014 10:58:12 AM     (No. 9717392)

Well the stadium was opened to the fans at 2pm and the game did not start until 5:30pm so that spread out fan arrivals to 3 and a half hours. When the game ended all the fans departed the stadium at one time, so what did they expect was going to happen, especially on a Sunday night where a lot of the fans needed to get home, get a little rest, and go to work on Monday morning.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Rabidrabbit1, 2/3/2014 11:04:26 AM     (No. 9717402)

If I heard correctly, tail-gating was prohibited. No excuse to hang around after the game until the traffic let up.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: peterfleming, 2/3/2014 11:08:17 AM     (No. 9717408)

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Reply 18 - Posted by: peterfleming, 2/3/2014 11:16:27 AM     (No. 9717430)

Bureaucracy wins again, citizens lose, citizens dumb enough to not anticipate the stupidity of thousands taking the train ALL AT ONCE. Denver fans who left early probably didn´t have to wait.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Jloophole, 2/3/2014 11:20:31 AM     (No. 9717440)



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Reply 20 - Posted by: farmwife, 2/3/2014 11:42:46 AM     (No. 9717470)

If you go to a place where thousands of people must be transported on a finite number of trains, don´t pout if you have to wait. What did you expect?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: P51DMustang, 2/3/2014 11:55:56 AM     (No. 9717489)

The folks whining for help and complaining were much like the advertisement with people stuck on an elevator yelling for help.

The folks at the game could have call a cab, and the folks on the elevator could have walked up or down to obtain assistance.

Its the axiom of big events and airplane rides, people leave their brain at the entrance.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: VAfreedomluver, 2/3/2014 1:49:06 PM     (No. 9717702)

There are 16 Giants and Jets games a year at that stadium, plus college games. The stadium doesn´t hold any more people for the Super Bowl than it does for those games. It shouldn´t have been that difficult to make this work.

However, it is understandable that a higher percentage of SB attendees, as out-of-towners, would be taking mass transit to the game.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: annie xango, 2/3/2014 2:57:10 PM     (No. 9717809)

calling a cab would not have worked..you weren´t even allowed to take a cab or limo to the game!!!

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Reply 24 - Posted by: O.G.´s Mom, 2/3/2014 6:45:18 PM     (No. 9718048)

As I understand it unless you had an expensive parking pass that allowed an attendee to park at the stadium, attendees to the game were not allowed to be dropped off at the stadium, i.e., a cab and were forced to take the train. So, that´s a big difference from Jets and Giants games. This is what Agenda 21 will wrought. The wealthy will be able to park their cars or get their chauffeurs to drive them and then wait for them, and we the people will be shuttled like cattle in "public" transportation. There were buses that people could take but I heard the fare was $51 round trip. Now, that´s not a whole lot by NY standards, but when the government kept pushing people to the Path trains, what can you expect. Liberalism on display. It is our future unless we can squash it.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 2/3/2014 7:56:55 PM     (No. 9718094)

Anybody blame Chris Christie yet? Wait for it.

A little NFL trivia. There have been only 5 Super Bowls where the loser lost by more than 30 points. This is the THIRD time it has happened to the Denver Broncos. Denver holds the record with a 45 point loss to the SF 49rs in SB 24.

A Mile High jinx???

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Reply 26 - Posted by: lazlototh, 2/3/2014 10:57:43 PM     (No. 9718282)

I didn´t have strong feelings about either team, but the thought of paying $1700 for the CHEAPEST seat, being treated by TSA like a criminal before I even get to the stadium, having to buy food and beverages that are awful at Le Bernardin prices, and then put up with the exit fiasco (and yes, as someone else pointed out, this shouldn´t have been difficult considering they have lots of other games and people manage to get out okay)...for just one person it would be insane; for a family of 4 you could have bought a used car. Unfortunately you still wouldn´t be able to pay your property taxes with that money if you live in NY or NJ.

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