For many fans, attending the 50th Super Bowl was a dream come true – but getting home afterwards turned out to be a nightmare.
Traffic leaving Levi’s Stadium was unsurprisingly brutal, given that approximately 75,000 people were all trying to leave the game at about the same time.
The congestion was compounded by road closures, which caused further delays leaving the area immediately after the game.
Some attendees planned on taking an Uber, but found that the designated lot for the company’s drivers filled up quickly. Many drivers had to park miles away from the stadium.
“I had to tell my clients to walk all the way here,” said Uber driver Gamze Ucar.
People hoping to hitch a ride with the VTA didn’t fair much better, with people waiting at the platform for upwards of an hour before being able to squeeze into a train.
“Everything has been full on the train, everything has been full,” said Mike Brooks of Golden Colorado.
Eventually, Brooks changed his mind about waiting for a train and tried to hail a cab, Uber or Lyft.
“I’ll hitchhike if I have to,” Brooks said.
Meanwhile, people driving personal cars were greeted with a visage full of red brake lights, and a few fender benders were reported.
A car transporting North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory was hit from behind by a Mercedes in San Jose tonight, California Highway Patrol officials said.
The call reporting the collision came in at 8:05 p.m. on eastbound state Highway 237 east of North First Street, CHP Officer Ross Lee said.
The governor had a minor complaint of pain but he did not go to a hospital and continued on his journey, Lee said.