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High Point Solutions Stadium

Piscataway, NJ

Home of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights



High Point Solutions Stadium (map it)
1 Scarlet Knight Way
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Rutgers Scarlet Knights website

High Point Solutions Stadium website

Year Opened: 1994

Capacity: 52,454

There are no tickets available at this time.


Local Information


On the Banks of the Raritan

High Point Solutions Stadium is located in Piscataway, New Jersey. The state university of New Jersey has a few campuses located in the state, but the biggest is in Piscataway. High Point Solutions Stadium is located on the shores of the Raritan River. This stadium is the home of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Rutgers bills itself as the Birthplace of College Football. Even though the stadium has only been around since 1994, you can feel the history of Rutgers football running throughout it. You will not be disappointed when you go out to see a Rutgers football game at High Point Solutions Stadium.


What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

The food at High Point Solutions Stadium is pretty average. There are all the basic elements featured. You can find chicken tenders, fries, pretzels, popcorn and many other options. Also included are Premio sausage sandwiches, and Mrs. Fields cookies. If you are looking for alcoholic beverages, you will not find them inside the stadium. This is an on campus venue, so therefore alcohol is not sold. You can find better dining options in the city of New Brunswick.

Atmosphere    4

The atmosphere at High Point Solutions Stadium is a very good atmosphere for college football. Rutgers claims to be the Birthplace of College Football. Rutgers took on Princeton in 1869 in what is considered to be the first ever college football game. Rutgers puts on a very nice show before the game. They bring out the marching band, sing the alma mater and fight song, and then the Scarlet Knight rides out to the applause of the fans.

There is also the "R-U" chant which is pretty fun to see and hear. During the game, there is a video showing the Rutgers players that have gone on to the NFL. When Rutgers scores there is a cannon that is fired and makes for a pretty cool celebration.

Neighborhood    4

Rutgers is the state university of New Jersey. The campus that the stadium resides in is the main campus of Rutgers. Piscataway is the town that the campus is on, but the real action is a town over, in New Brunswick. New Brunswick offers great restaurants and nightlife. There is a real college town feel to New Brunswick, it is definitely the place to go before a big game.

There is tailgating before the game in the parking lots around the stadium, but I would recommend eating at one of the many restaurants in New Brunswick. There are many great places to grab a drink, watch some football, and get ready for the game. If you want to indulge in a Rutgers tradition, head over to RU Hungry. It is a sandwich truck that serves some of the most indulgent sandwiches in the area. If you're feeling particularly hungry you can have a sandwich named after you. If you can eat 5 sandwiches in 45 minutes, you get to name a sandwich.

One excellent option for a restaurant when attending a Rutgers athletic event is the Barça City Cafe & Bar. Besides offering fantastic and authentic Spanish cuisine, Barça City Cafe & Bar also has wonderful happy hour specials. If you bring your ticket with you, and mention Stadium Journey, you will receive 10% off of your food bill.

Fans    5

The fans at a Rutgers football game are great. The team isn't always great, but the fans definitely come out to support the team. You will always see a sea of red at High Point Solutions Stadium. The fans are always into the game. They have their chant and don't need much encouragement to get loud. These are also very knowledgeable fans. They know their college football. Although Rutgers hasn't been a great program, it does produce a fair amount of NFL talent that the fans have been lucky enough to see. Since Rutgers is such a big school, it has a huge alumni base. While walking through the parking lot, you'll see many generations of Rutgers football fans.

Access    3

Rutgers is in a part of the country where traffic is simply a foregone conclusion. However, Rutgers does try to help alleviate the problem. There are a few parking lots around the stadium for fans to use. One of the better options though, is utilizing public transit. NJ Transit will take you to New Brunswick station which is about 3 miles from the stadium. The good thing is, you can take the free shuttle that runs from the station to the stadium. Not only can you take the shuttle to the game, but it will take you back to the station after the game. Utilizing public transit will allow you to beat the traffic and possibly even get to the game faster.

The bathrooms are reasonably clean and the lines won't be insufferable. The concourse is also a good size to allow fans to move around easily. The seats at the stadium are benches instead of individual seats. All in all though, there is a decent amount of room to move around and not feel cramped.

Return on Investment    4

Rutgers tickets represent a pretty good value. For an upcoming game, Ticket Monster says that tickets can be bought for as low as $21. That is a very good price for a college football game. Also, Rutgers plays in the very competitive Big 10 conference. The schedule features matchups with Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, and Penn State. These are all great schools with great football history. The food at Rutgers is also relatively affordable and won't cost you an arm and a leg. When you add everything together, Rutgers football is a very good value.

Extras    2

One star goes to the fact that Rutgers retired Eric LeGrand's number back in 2013. LeGrand was paralyzed in a game and has been a symbol of hope and inspiration ever since. He goes and speaks to many schools about his story and the challenges he overcame.

A second star goes to the history of Rutgers football. The Birthplace of College Football is a cool thing to be able to market. Also included in this will be the great show the marching band puts on before the game, as well as the great celebration Rutgers has with the cannon going off.

Final Thoughts

Rutgers may not have the greatest team year in and year out, but their fans are certainly some of the best. High Point Solutions Stadium has a great atmosphere and the fans make the stadium loud and crazy on Saturdays during college football season. If you are in the area, I would definitely recommend a trip to the Birthplace of College Football.

Pretty Bubbles

I'm forever throwing Skittles. Pretty Skittles in the air. They fly so high. Nearly reach the sky. And like my dreams they fade and die. Fortune is always hiding and I've looked everywhere. I'm forever throwing Skittles. Pretty Skittles in the air. Rutgers! Rutgers! Rutgers!

by CuzCrusade | Jan 13, 2013 10:19 PM

Theme song

Pretty Bubbles - that isn't really their theme song, is it? I seriously hope not!

by Aaron S. Terry | Dec 02, 2015 04:45 PM

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Crowd Reviews

The Birthplace of College Football

Total Score: 3.29

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 2
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 2

For decades, Rutgers was the laughingstock of college football. Not anymore as things have turned around nicely for the State University of New Jersey. With head coach Greg Schiano's hiring in 2000, the program started to turn the corner with winning records and bowl appearances starting in 2005.

Rutgers Stadium, built in 1994, became a rocking place for football and underwent a controversial $102 million stadium renovation to expand the seating and upgrade facilities. Now, the school known as "The Birthplace of College Football" has an updated stadium with most of the changes for the players and recruits, not necessarily for the common fan. Regardless, fans come out wearing their Rutgers Red, loudly supporting the team and providing a decent game-day atmosphere.

My visit to Rutgers

Total Score: 3.00

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 2

My visit to Rutgers was the first game of the year, after they had been up to #2 in the country the previous year. We actually bought tickets from Buffalo, the team they were playing and it included food catered by Rutgers, which was decent. I remember a soda cost normal stadium prices.

The fans were good, but didn't quite fill up the stadium, which only holds just over 50,000 people. The tailgating was amazing and made for a fun time with lots of beer pong (beruit) and other games.

The return on investment was good and the reason we got the tickets from Buffalo was the away team tickets were cheaper and included the meal so keep that in mind if you are a bargain hunter.

Not much in the way of extras. Be aware that they set of a cannon for every score and be sure to take a picture of the plaque that marks the first college football game ever played.

The Birthplace of Football!

Total Score: 3.43

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 4

Rutgers was involved in the first Football game in history yet only now is getting the respect that it deserves.

I've been to Rutgers twice (2009 vs Pitt & 2011 vs USF) and both times, attendance was good so prime space was limited. They easily have the best tailgate of my "local" BCS schools (U Conn/Temple/Cuse/U Mass) and with next year's inclusion in the Big10, it may grow even larger. Looking forward to going back to RU to get "closer" to the action and hopefully stop by one of their famous food trucks as well.

Birthplace of college football

Total Score: 3.71

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

Rutgers is the site of the first college football game ever played, so have to give credit for that. Also, I really like the stadium itself, and it is one of a few that might be better at night. They have trees on some sides, giving an intimate feel, and making you feel like you in the middle of the forest, not just outside a mid-major city. Also, the striping on the field is pretty sweet - the lines between the yard markers alternate between lighter green and darker green, giving a really great look.

Birthplace of Football

Total Score: 4.57

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

I think you have to be an alum, student, or passionate football fan to appreciate this place. Is it bigger than Ohio State or Alabama? No, but is it passionate as those stadiums? Yes it is. Rutgers is an up and coming football team that rallies tough on the Banks of Raritan. The only issue I have with Rutgers is the transportation. Forget about parking at the stadium because you need a permit for that. The best way to go to stadium is parking on College Avenue and take the charter buses that are available before the game. Get there early because it gets packed very quickly. I love Rutgers football and it's a site to see. Go RU!

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