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Parking Issues in the Swamp

Mexico's national team draws monster crowds everywhere it goes in the United States, but for Sunday's Gold Cup match against Honduras at Giants Stadium, El Tri might not have as much support as it probably expects.

The reason: parking spaces -- or more accurately, the lack of them.

Apparently, construction around the Meadowlands complex has reduced the number of spaces, which means Gold Cup organizers will have to cut off ticket sales well short of the stadium's 77,000 capacity. How many tickets will actually be available for Mexico-Honduras and Cuba-Panama? I have not seen a specific number, but it will probably be between 55,000 and 60,000.

There is also potential for a ticket cutoff Friday night for Mexico-Cuba and Honduras-Panama, although I'm guessing sales are not as brisk as they are for the Sunday matches.

By Steve Goff  |  June 6, 2007; 6:25 PM ET
Categories:  World  
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There's no subway to the Meadowlands?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 6, 2007 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Any clue as to what expected attendance will be in Chicago for the semis and final? I don't believe they sold out in '05.

Posted by: USfan | June 6, 2007 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Any clue as to what expected attendance will be in Chicago for the semis and final? I don't believe they sold out in '05.

Posted by: USfan | June 6, 2007 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Subway to Giants Stadium? Ha!

USA-MEX final would likely be a sellout at Soldier Field. I haven't seen advance ticket sale numbers, but I imagine the walk-up crowd would be huge.

Posted by: Goff | June 6, 2007 7:13 PM | Report abuse

No subway to Giants Stadium? Yeah folks its true But don't worry the Giants/Jets new stadium will have a NJ Train which is light rail hooking up to the new digs. Also Red Bull Park will have a Path Train station across from it. Neither transit lines are NYC subways but they are trains that go into Manhanttan so thats fair enough.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 6, 2007 9:43 PM | Report abuse

There must be some way the RedBulls can spin this to explain away their attendance woes.

Posted by: marksman | June 7, 2007 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Why do they ever bother playing soccer in NJ? I think every other city in the US deserves to host the Mexico vs. Honduras game more than NJ.

Why wouldn't this be in LA, Dallas or Chicago?

Posted by: Southeasterner | June 7, 2007 8:10 AM | Report abuse

At Soldier Field you can only get single seats in the 200 level and the 300 level is already 15 rows full for the final.

Posted by: Chicagoan | June 7, 2007 8:21 AM | Report abuse

If history teaches us anything, it's that the Mexicans will find a way to and into the stadium. Expect 77,000...with or without tickets. USSF tried to shut off the great El-Tri by playing in Columbus, but the stands were packed with Mexican fans.

Posted by: HiStory | June 7, 2007 9:58 AM | Report abuse

it's a shame ICE won't be at the game with hundreds of buses. They could take care or 50K illegals in one fell swoop.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 7, 2007 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Mexican fans packed Columbus?? For the qualifier?

That crowd was overwhelming American fans.

Posted by: Goff | June 7, 2007 11:07 AM | Report abuse

about Columbus and el Tri: what Goff said!

I attended the second US/Mexico qualifier they played there, the one in 2005. Many fans of the Mexican team? Sure. "Packed?" No.

Posted by: Rob | June 7, 2007 11:56 AM | Report abuse

To: | June 7, 2007 10:50 AM

You are an idiot and a coward for not signing your post.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | June 7, 2007 2:48 PM | Report abuse

indeed, really classy.

Posted by: Goff | June 7, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

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