Super Bowl fans at MetLife Stadium were met with long delays and overcrowded trains as they attempted to take trains out of the Meadowlands tonight.
The long lines and confusion added to a frustrating day for some fans, who also had problems boarding trains to the stadium before the start of the game that officials had dubbed the “first mass transit Super Bowl.”
After the game, a public address announcer at the stadium announced that anyone planning to take the train “should remain in the stadium due to the congestion on the platforms.”
As fans tried to leave the Meadowlands, thousands of people amassed for the NJ Transit train ride from the stadium train station to Secaucus Junction.
As the crowd continued to swell shortly before 11 p.m., an announcement informed departing fans they would face a wait of about an hour on the train platform. They were urged to go to the Chase Club, an indoor stadium lounge.
Shortly before midnight, as a wet snow began to fall, waiting fans were told 50 charter buses were being brought in to take some of the crowd to Manhattan.
… The crowd was largely civil as staffers from S.A.F.E Management, a security company hired for the Super Bowl, and a state trooper looked on. But grumbles of discontent were heard.
One rider shouted “New Jersey sucks” and the crowd briefly chanted an expletive-filled, three-word phrase whose only printable word was the second: “this.””
The Newark Star-Ledger, "More Train Problems As Announcer Asks Fans to Stay In MetLife Stadium."
Another traffic boondoggle under Chris Christie’s watch, you say?