Meadowlands Stadium is located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and is home to two NFL teams, the New York Giants and the New York Jets. As of it opening in 2010, the Meadowlands Stadium is the most expensive stadium ever built, with construction costs of approximately $1.6 billion dollars. The stadiums is distinguished by an outer skin made up of aluminum louvers, two giant pylons at the north and east entrances, and its signature “Great Wall”.
The new stadium replaced the historic Giants Stadium, when it opened by featuring The Big City Classic Lacrosse Tournament, on April 10th, 2010. Giants Stadium which opened in 1976 as home to the New York Giants, later became home to the the New York Jets, in 1984. Since becoming a junior partner in 1984, the Jets have always felt like second-class tenant, but all that will change as the two teams will now have a 50/50 partnership.
This will make things much more interesting for Jets fans, they will have much more of a personalized feeling during home games, since the new stadium will transform between the two teams home games. The only detail that was left to resolve, Was which team will host the stadium’s inaugural NFL game? NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell it a fair and easy decision, by announcing that the two teams will meet each other in the opening pre-season game on August 16th, 2010 at 8 p.m., while the inaugural regular season game was decided by a coin toss. The Giants won the coin toss, and will host the first NFL regular season game in the stadium’s history, on Sunday, September 12, 2010 against Carolina. On the following evening, the Jets will host their home opener in prime-time fashion, as they will host Baltimore on Monday Night Football.
Meadowlands Stadium’s design and features are sure to put it in a class of its own, as the architects and designers used some of the latest technology, making the stadium Jet and Giant fan friendly. The one unfortunate flaw to the stadium, is that unlike a number of other NFL stadiums, it will not have a roof. Proposals to include a roof were denied, due a dispute over funding, since the stadium was already going to cost over a $1.5 billion without it. Even without the enclosure, the stadium is still a state-of-the-art facility, with its key features, seating capacity, and seating arrangements. Listed below are complete details of all the stadium has to offer, including future venue proposals.
Seating and Capacity
-The new stadium complies with the Americans with Disabilty Act, including widening of the concourses, and more seating room.
-It has seating for 82,566 fans, including 10,005 club seats and approximately 218 luxury suites, making it the second largest NFL stadium in total seating behind FedEx Field. The stadium’s lower seating section seats 33,346 fans, the mid-level seats 21,323 fans, and the upper-level seats 27,897 fans.
-Seating for the front row 50 yard line seats are also improved, as they will now only be 46 feet away from the sideline, which is the shortest distance of all NFL stadiums.
Key Features & Design
-The new stadium is distinguished by an outer skin made up of aluminum louvers and a plaza that rings the stadium, which has numerous tailgating zones, food options, and team memorabilia shops.
-Giant pylons located at the north and east entrances, will display personalized videos, that are dedicated to the home team that is playing.
-The “Great Wall”, which is a signature feature of the stadium, is 400 feet long and 40 feet high. It will be partially visible through the louvers, displaying panels of images that rotate between photographic murals of the Giants and Jets on game days, and specialized pictures for concerts and special events.
– Its interior is home to four restaurants, two lounges, and a Hall of Fame.
-The Interior lighting will change colors to reflect each team’s individualization, a technique that is used in the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, which is shared between two soccer clubs. The lighting colors will be green for the Jets, blue for the Giants, red for concerts, and white for all other events.
-Inside there are four. 40-by-100 foot scoreboards, which will hang from each corner of the upper deck.
–This is the feature of the stadium that will get affected the most. Since it was built without a roof, the weather and climate conditions will limit is possibilities to host mega events, including The Super Bowl, and indoor events like The Final Four.
–Since it is a historic, one-time event to celebrate the new stadium and the great heritage and history of the NFL in the New York area, the NFL has given a preliminary approval for a bid to host Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014. It’s bid is one of three that have been offered by the NFL for that years Super Bowl. Even if the stadium doesn’t get to host the event, it was a great honor, since requirements for hosting a Super Bowl are that the hosting stadium have a 50 degree climate or be held in a climate-controlled facility. For anyone that is familiar with the New York area during the month of January, the month the Super Bowl is played, knows that there is no such thing as a 50 degree or higher climate during that time of the year.
-The stadium has been qualified to host the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup, if it is held in the United States.
One thing is for sure, the “New Meadowlands Stadium” would never replace the memories and the history of “Giants Stadium”, but with all its features and attractions it will continue the legacy. So regardless if you are a jets or Giants fan or not, this venue is a great place to enjoy an event, and be a part of history.
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