SANTA CLARA (KRON) — Levi’s Stadium employees, who just wanted to go home, said they waited hours to get home after Super Bowl 50.
And on Monday, employees said they want to see change. Security guards, guest workers, and others waited for a shuttle to get back to their cars on Sunday night after the big game.
At 10 p.m., Super Bowl 50 had been over for hours. One woman told KRON she waited at least an hour and a half to get a shuttle.
But the people who worked 12-14-hour days to make it happen were stranded. Their cars were parked more than 6 miles away.
“My feet were swollen,” employee Carols Flores said. “…It was just going to be a painful experience at that point.”
Flores has worked security at Levi’s Stadium since the first soccer game. He has one word for the feeling among workers.
“There was like only five buses and 10,000 employees,” Flores added.
While it took some of the men and women more than 3 hours to get home Sunday night, Carlos thought on his feet. He paid a pedicab $15 to take him to a bus stop. And he took the No. 57 bus home.
But Carlos said he got a once-in-a-lifetime experience during the Super Bowl. A fan that left at halftime passed along his golden ticket to Carlos.
It was right on the 50-yard line.
Despite the logistics problem, most employees said this experience is something they wouldn’t give up for anything.
The NFL did release the following statement regarding Sunday night’s transportation problem:
“We apologize to those employees who were delayed in getting home last night. We are looking into why there was an insufficient number of buses available at that time.”