A Guide to Super Bowl 2022 Parking and Traffic
Welcome to Los Angeles! Don’t worry, nobody here is looking forward to driving on the highways either.
Traffic in Los Angeles is as bad as you think – and on Super Bowl Sunday? I did not care.
No need to worry, there are plenty of ways to get to SoFi Stadium before kickoff and still have time to grab Super Bowl-priced concessions.
How long will it take you to get there?
Just three miles east of Los Angeles International Airport, SoFi Stadium and its alien-looking dome are home to both LA soccer teams: the Rams and Chargers. This too organizes concerts and other eventsand is set to host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2028 Olympics.
There is also plenty to do around the stadium. You can play Ultimate Texas Hold’em at Hollywood Park Casinopay homage to some of your favorite celebrities at Inglewood Park Cemetery or stop at the famous Randy’s donuts for – you guessed it – donuts.
If you are driving to the game and not starting from the immediate area around the stadium, you will want to leave early.
Never underestimate the likelihood of a multi-mile backup on a Southern California highway, even on a weekend. Check Google Maps or another mapping app a few hours before the game to see how bad the highways are and check the likely travel time. So be prepared to follow the app if it takes you to the side streets to avoid a section of the highway that has become a parking lot.
Where should you park?
Travel time will also depend on where you park. And in Los Angeles, a good spot is a rare commodity. Instead of doing rounds in the neighborhoods and take the places of the residentstry one of the county-wide shuttle or park and ride services.
Parking at the stadium itself is extremely limited, according to Sofia’s website. You must have a parking pass and your event ticket to access any of the seven on-site parking areas. SoFi will sell you a spot on Super Bowl Sunday if there are any left, but there is no guarantee of availability. So, to be sure of having a place, buy your pass before the event. SoFi recommends that you download your pass to a mobile device beforehand so as not to delay the entry process for yourself or those following you.
When it comes time to plug the address into your navigation system, make sure you have it set up for the lot on your pass. If you show up at the wrong entrance, you will have to turn around and drive to the correct one, which will delay your entry. SoFi offers area-specific links for Waze Navigation, Google and Apple Maps to help you navigate to your assigned land.
On-site parking lots will open at 10:30 a.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, but don’t try to get there earlier. Access to car parks or the stadium itself before opening is not allowed, so no camping in your car to be on the front line. Lots must close at 11 p.m., and if you’re not out by then, you may be subject to additional towing or parking fees.
Tickets for onsite parking is on sale now. The prices are :
- Standard size automobile: $120
- Sprinter limo and van: $240
- Minibus: $300
- Bus: $360
Unless otherwise stated, each pass provides only one slot, and trying to block a group of slots in an area for your friends is not allowed. Each pass is scanned at the entrance and any duplicates will be refused. So don’t try to share it with anyone else.
To help people parking off-site, SoFi Stadium offers four different shuttle services. One of them, the blue shuttle, is run by the stadium itself. The purple shuttle is operated by the City of Inglewood and LAZ Parking and the other two are in conjunction with the City of Gardena and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Kelsey Pietrangelo, NFL events manager at SoFi, said taking the blue or purple shuttle was the way to go. “It’s efficient and the easiest way to get to the stadium,” she said.
Two Blue Shuttle buses serve three Los Angeles city lots not far from the stadium.
The 111th Street shuttle serves the 111th Street parking lot at 5455 W. 111th St. And the 98th Street shuttle serves two lots: the Airport Spectrum parking lot at 5757 W. Century Blvd. and the Hilton Airport parking lot at 5711 W. Century Boul.
Parking at one of these lots is $40 and the round-trip shuttle ride is $10. You will be dropped off and picked up from lot J in the stadium.
If you’re in the LAX area and don’t need to park your car, you can simply purchase a shuttle pass and ride from either 98th Street location.
The purple shuttle runs between the purple shuttle parking lot at the stadium and the next six IPARK&GO car parks:
- Civic Center Garage, 1 W. Manchester Blvd.
- Locust St. Garage, 115 S. Locust St.
- Senior Center Garage, 333 E. Queen St.
- Public Library, 101 W. Manchester Blvd.
- El Segundo:
- Flyte Garage, 2230 E. Imperial Hwy.
- Playa Vista:
- Playa District Garage, 6870 Park Terrace
Shuttle seats and passes must be reserved in advance. The price of the shuttle pass is for a round trip, and each person needs a separate pass. This means that for a car full of four football fans, you will need one ticket for your seat and four shuttle passes.
Each IPARK&GO lot opens at 11 a.m. on Super Bowl Sunday. All locations in Inglewood charge $60 for parking and $10 for shuttle. The El Segundo and Playa Vista locations charge $55 for parking and $10 for the shuttle.
7X Stadium Express Sunday Service: For $4 you can leave your car at the Harbor Gateway Transit Center on West 182nd St. off Hwy 110 in Gardena and take the Stadium Express 7X Shuttle to and from SoFi Stadium. The bus will run between 9:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday. The parking itself is free and the charge is for the shuttle only.
Public transport options
Public transportation in Los Angeles isn’t as comprehensive as, say, the New York City subway system, but it will get you from point A to point B.
Rail Line: There is no train that will take you directly to SoFi Stadium. The closest you can get is to take the C line (formerly known as the green line) to the Hawthorne and Lennox stop and then take a free ride on the purple shuttle at the stadium. The shuttle service runs every five to eight minutes, beginning approximately three hours before kickoff. During the game, shuttles will run as needed for those who are a little late. And after the game, the shuttles will run for about an hour and a half.
LA Metro Park and Ride are distributed throughout the county. Not all lots have a charge for parking, but some of the free lots have limited spaces. Special event rates are subject to change; the charges for the Super Bowl on Sunday have not been announced.
Metro recommends that you try to purchase a parking pass for the lots closest to the Hawthorne and Lennox stop:
- Hawthorne/Lennox (who charged $40 for the NFC Championship Game)
- Crenshaw (who charged $5 for the NFC Championship)
- Aviation (which charged $7 for the NFC Championship)
- Norwalk (free for the NFC championship)
- Redondo Beach (free for NFC Championship)
- Harbor Gateway Transit Center (free for the NFC Championship)
The presale for Hawthorne and Lennox lot parking will end either 12 hours before kickoff or when spaces are sold out, whichever comes first.
Here’s where you can find a Park & Ride lot elsewhere in LA:
- Norwalk: 12901 Hoxie Ave.
- Downey: 12801 Lakewood Blvd.
- Lynwood: 11508 Long Beach Blvd.
- Willowbrook-Rosa Parks Station: 11611 Willowbrook Ave., Los Angeles
- Avalon Station: 11667 S. Avalon Blvd., Los Angeles
- Harbor Freeway Station: 11500 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles
- Athens West: 11603 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles
- Hawthorne: 11901 S. Crenshaw Blvd. and 5301 Marine Ave.
- Lennox: 11191 Larch Ave. and 4443 W. 111th St.
- LAX: 11500 Aviation Blvd.
- El Segundo: 2226 E. El Segundo Blvd. and 700 S. Douglas Street.
- Redondo Beach: 2406 Marine Ave.
If you cannot immediately access line C, you can:
- Take Line A (formerly known as the Blue Line) and change to Line C at Willowbrook-Rosa Park station
- Take the B (red), D (purple) or L (gold) line to Union Station, take the A line and take it to the Willowbrook-Rosa Parks station, where you will change to the C line
- Take line E (Expo) to Pico station, change to line A, then change to line C at Willowbrook-Rosa Parks station
Bus lines: Metro bus lines 115, 117 and 212 can take you directly to the front door of SoFi Stadium.