In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many routes to MetLife Stadium will be unavailable for fans hoping to get to the game. Here’s a summary of ways to get to the Sunday’s Giants v. Steelers game:
– Car: Though many of the backroads are still covered in debris from the storm, the major parkways are clear and all bridges are open. The temporary ban on passenger cars holding fewer than 3 people will also be repealed today, and won’t be in effect on Sunday. The bridges are the best option for driving into/out of New Jersey, as many of the tunnels around the city remain flooded. Driving directions are provided on the stadium’s website, and the parking lot will open at 11:00 am for the 4:25 pm start.
– Bus: Buses will provide travel between the stadium and the Port Authority, but may have to take some detours around closed roads. Expect huge lines, however, as this is the only way to get to the stadium via public transportation from New York City. Also, keep in mind that the subway is still only partially operational. A map of the lines currently open for service is provided here.
NJ Transit has been crippled by damage to their rail operations center and the debris covering their tracks. Their website has a pretty intense slideshow of the damage their tracks have suffered. As a result, NJ Transit trains will not be traveling to MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
The Giants have just posted a notice on their website indicating that they will provide free park and ride service in two locations: the parking lot at the Secaucus train station (675 New County Road at Seaview Drive, 4.5 miles from the stadium) and at 20 Murray Hill Parkway in Rutherford. There will also be limited cash parking available at the stadium, although it is not clear how much those spots will cost.
For those of you who decide to sell your tickets rather than go, the cheapest pair on StubHub is going for $135/ticket, still far above face value despite the extraordinary difficulty of getting to the stadium this week. For those of you who do go, make sure to leave extra time and try to be patient with the long lines your sure to face no matter which transportation option you choose. Stay safe out there and let’s go Giants!
P.S. The NYC Marathon, which was scheduled for Sunday, has just been cancelled. That should free up some congestion around the city on game day.