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MetLife Stadium in unwanted spotlight after lengthy Wrestlemania transport delays

The dearth of public transport options near MetLife Stadium was highlighted once again on Sunday evening after thousands of fans were left standing in the rain for hours after WWE’s Wrestlemania event.

Thousands of people heading home from the New Jersey venue in the early hours of Monday were stuck waiting in long lines for trains and buses operated by New Jersey Transit. The agency blamed WWE for the late finishing time to Wrestlemania 35.

“The primary factor contributing to the post-event delays was the WWE’s decision to extend the event to 12.30am, which had significant operational impacts on the evening,” NJ Transit said in a statement on Monday. “NJ Transit was not informed of this decision until late last night. The decision to extend this event resulted in our inability to operate some of those trains due to federal requirements limiting train crew hours.”

On Monday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy called the delays “completely, utterly, dog-ate-my-homework unacceptable”. WWE said it regretted “any inconveniences fans may have experienced with mass transportation after the event”.

This is not the first time fans have suffered long delays after leaving a major event at the MetLife Stadium, however. Thousands of fans suffered a similar fate after the 2014 Super Bowl.

The MetLife Stadium, which houses the New York Giants and Jets, is due to host the final of the 2026 World Cup.