A record 27,000 people passed though the Secaucus Junction train station today, turning it into a virtual sauna and prompting shouts of “Jersey sucks” as football fans waited impatiently for trains to MetLife Stadium.
The rush on the station left some waiting hours in sweltering heat. Fans reported seeing some people pass out. “New Jersey sucks,” some shouted as they came off the New York trains. Many had peeled off coats and other outer layers of clothing, and were drenched in sweat from the high temperatures in the packed train cars.
As fans arrived at MetLife Stadium from Secaucus Junction they recounted horror stories of unbearable heat and massive crowds.
“Worse than a sauna,” said Jason Leavitt, a Denver resident who spent 2 1/2 hours today riding from New York Penn Station to MetLife Stadium his wife. “There were people passing out.”
And what was the reason for the tie up?
Seems like "security":
Security appears to have been a main contributor to the long waits at the transfer station. After passing bomb-sniffing dogs, detection equipment and dozens of police officers, riders waited in line to have their bags and clothing searched.
At first, security staff were checking every bag, but by 2:45 p.m., more than three hours before the game, checkpoints were overwhelmed by the crowds and people they were pouring through.
Love it - first they're checking every bag, but by a quarter to three everyone's pouring though without anyone getting checked.
Glad this thing is over.
Ran to Hoboken yesterday, managed to get through much of downtown Jersey City without hitting any Super Bowl stupidity, although I hit a bit over by the Westin where the Seahawks were staying.
But Hoboken was yahoo central, with lots of people changing trains to get to Secaucus Junction or just getting ready to drink their faces off in one of the Hoboken bars.
Reminded me again why I'm glad I don't watch football anymore.