Rails clogged as Super Bowl fans try to leave
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The record number of Super Bowl fans who used New Jersey Transit to get to the Super Bowl are facing delays trying to get home.
Nearly 28,000 fans rode the rails from Secaucus Junction to MetLife Stadium. That's nearly double projections by event organizers, and well above the previous New Jersey Transit record of 22,000 set at a 2009 U2 concert.
After Sunday's game, fans converged on the rail station for the return trip, clogging the platform as trains loaded and left when full.
At MetLife Stadium, an announcement on the scoreboard asked fans to please stay in the stadium due to congestion at the platform. New Jersey State Police urged fans via Twitter to "enjoy the stadium atmosphere until congestion dissipates."
At an average New York Giants or New York Jets game, about 8,000 people take the trains.
Organizers had dubbed this the first mass-transit Super Bowl and had urged fans to leave their cars at home or at their hotels.