The Second Apartheid: New Meadowlands Stadium Parking Lot

Zach Berger@theZachBergerCorrespondent IMay 19, 2010

Do you know what the Apartheid was in South Africa? Well in case you don't, I'll give you some background before letting you know how it applies to the parking situation in the new lot. In South Africa for almost a half century, the minority rule of the white South Africans forced a legal segregation between them and the black Africans. This lasted for 46 years and the blacks saw many rights taken away from them during this time. Well...think of Woody Johnson as the ringleader of that group that had minority rule. Think of the fans paying for PSL's as the white South Africans. Think of the rowdy, blue-collar, non-PSL, upper bowl fans as the black South Africans. And think of the parking lot as the caste system that existed during the apartheid. following me so far? Well I received an invoice for a parking pass for next season. That invoice also had a map, acually I'll call it a diagram, detailing where I can park. It was color-coded, and it showed that basically, if you didn't pay for a PSL, you have a long walk to the stadium. I'll let the Jets explain it you themselves:

"Yes, there is a new color-coded parking plan for season ticket holders. Based on your seat location, your Pre-Paid Parking Permit will allow you to park in one of the three new color-coded parking areas. The green colored lots are for Club and Suite seat holders, yellow for all PSL seat holders and orange for all Upper Level seat holders. As in past years, you will need a Pre-Paid Parking Permit to park onsite (both on the stadium and arena side)."

Really?? So the fact that I didn't pay for a PSL means that I can't tailgate with the same people I've tailgated with for years? Technically, the green pass holders can park in any of the three lots, and the yellow pass holders can park in their lot or the orange lots. But I doubt everyone will agree to go to the lot that requires a very long walk to the stadium. And I mean, very long if you get there too late. Check it out (click on the picture to see it in full size):

You see that light blue all the way at the top? That is where the "general admission" or upper bowl season ticket holders end up parking if they come at game-time and don't come earlier to tailgate. I'm assuming you would need to bus from there to get to the stadium. Just seems like a bit of a ripoff to a punishment for not helping to pay for Woody's stadium through a PSL. Let me know if you are in the same position and share your thoughts.