In a statement Monday, NJ Transit blamed WWE for the massive delays in getting people home following WrestleMania Sunday night in East Rutherford.
“The primary factor contributing to the post-event delays was the WWE’s decision to extend the event to 12:30 a.m., which had significant operational impacts on the evening. NJ Transit was not informed of this decision until late last night,” spokesman Jim Smith said.
Federal regulations prohibit NJ Transit employees from working overtime to staff additional trains.
Sunday was the first time WWE has run MetLife Stadium for WrestleMania since 2013. The event was the highest grossing in stadium history at $16.9 million beating the 2013 Mania.
When asked about the situation Monday, Governor Phil Murphy said it was unacceptable and vowed to fix the problems that have plagued transportation out of the stadium for big events like the 2014 Super Bowl.
Fans complained about waiting for hours to leave MetLife Stadium with thousands of fans waiting for Uber rides until the early hours of Monday morning.
WWE released a general statement to media Monday: “We regret any inconveniences fans may have experienced with mass transportation after the event.” It’s unclear if the event lasted longer than expected.