MetLife Stadium has been the home of the New York Jets since the 2010 NFL season. MetLife Stadium has hosted a variety of events including the 2014 Super Bowl. It is a stadium that the Jets share with their NFC counterpart, the New York Giants. MetLife Stadium is filled with many unique features and attractions. The Jets have continually been upgrading their fan experience. The stadium hosts concerts and large events, but its main event is football. MetLife Stadium has become the premier football venue in the tri state area.
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MetLife Stadium has a wide array of food choices to fit each and every palate. Of course the typical stadium foods are all featured. Hot dogs, burgers, sausage and peppers, pretzels, and popcorn are all well represented. As a fan, you have come to expect the prices in the New York City area to be outrageous and over the top. I don't get that sense at MetLife Stadium. Things felt reasonably priced, and I felt like I got a good and filling amount of food for the money I spent.
I would recommend checking out the food at MetLife Central. This is where all of the main food attractions are centralized. There is a unique blend of flavors and cultures in this area. One of the places to check out is Nonna Fusco's. This Italian stand features many delicious offerings. From the roast pork sandwich, to the meatballs you can't go wrong with anything at this stand! Another great option is the bacon on a stick. They take bacon and add a little jalapeno, and finish it with a maple glaze. Another fine option is Lucky's Dumplings. You can get 4 filling dumplings for just $5.
Other options at MetLife Central include tacos, cheesesteaks, and sausage sandwiches. A new offering that the Jets have rolled out in 2015 is called Jumbo Jet. The food at this small stand, located near the front entrance, is meant to be shared by 6 or more people. It features items like an oversized breakfast sandwich, sausage sandwich, and pretzel. These items are a great way to feed a crowd. There are also wraps, nachos, sandwiches, gluten free options, and vegetarian options to satisfy any palate.
MetLife Stadium is a Pepsi facility, so you will not find Coke products. There is also a wide selection of alcoholic beverages. Although, since Budweiser is a leading sponsor of the NFL, you will see quite a bit of it. Overall, I would say that MetLife provides a generous amount of filling food for the money that you will spend.
The Jets did a lot to improve their atmosphere throughout the time that they have been at MetLife. The Jets have really catered to their fans in a very positive way. One of the things they have done is institute Pilot Vision. At MetLife Stadium there are 4 large HD video boards in the corners of the stadium. As often as they can, they will go to live look-ins, fantasy breakdowns, redzone coverage, and stats. Fans want to see their fantasy scores now more than ever. With the introduction of Draftkings and Fanduel, fantasy sports has become even bigger.
The Jets have also done a great job in making the environment family friendly. One of their big things in the kid zone. In this area, kids can enjoy games, face painting, and giveaways. The theme of the kid zone changes from week to week. When I attended, there were pumpkins and hale bales, all things that are reminiscent of fall. The Jets will also select kids randomly to join in the on-field festivities during pregame. Kids can have the opportunity to go on the field, meet the players, and have a truly unforgettable experience.
A final noteworthy aspect of the game day atmosphere is the noise meter at MetLife. Most stadiums have a meter that goes up and down for fan applause. But, MetLife Stadium has a noise meter that is actually accurate. The meter will actually rise and fall depending on the fan noise. If fans get loud and cause a false start or a delay of game, all fans will get points added to their Jets Rewards account. The Jets Rewards account tallies up points that are earned through attendance, in game moments, and various other ways. Overall, the Jets have done a great job at making the atmosphere family friendly, as well as passionate and intense.
This is a very difficult category to grade for MetLife Stadium. There is not too much to do around the stadium, but that will change very soon. American Dream Meadowlands is a large mall that is expected to open in the summer of 2017. This mall will feature an indoor skiing facility, waterpark, amusement park, ice rink, mini golf, and many retail stores and food. Once this opens, the ranking will be brought up significantly. Currently though, there is little to do around MetLife Stadium. There is the Izod Center which is now mostly used for concerts. There is also the Meadowlands Racetrack. But, to get to any restaurants or nightlife, you will have to either take the train to Manhattan or drive somewhere else. The neighborhood is by no means a dangerous one, there is just not much to do outside of the stadium for now.
Jets fans are known for being a blue collar and gritty bunch. The fans here definitely know their team, though. Jets fans show up early and don't usually leave until the game is decided. Fans get disgruntled when the team is playing poorly, but what fan base doesn't do that? The Jets fans have endured some painful moments recently, but it looks like the team is starting to slowly pull itself up.
The fans here can get a bit rough on fans wearing apparel of a rival team like the Patriots, but for the most part fans of opposing teams are treated with respect and dignity. The fans are always into the game, they're loud and know exactly when to bring the noise. Of course, you have some fans who get too drunk and get into fights, but I don't feel that it reflects the Jets fans as a whole. The great majority of Jets fans are passionate, knowledgeable, and always into the game. Most Jets fans have had their fandom passed down to them from their parents and grandparents. The Jets actually honored these generational fans at the game I attended. The Jets do a great job of having themes for games and getting the fans involved. These are some of the best fans in the NFL.
There are a few options to get to MetLife Stadium. If you are coming from Manhattan, your best bet would be to take the NJ Transit train to Secaucus Junction. At Secaucus there is a train that runs to MetLife Stadium for the entirety of the game. After the game, expect very long lines to get onto the train that brings you back to Secaucus. If you don't use public transit, things will be a bit tougher. MetLife Stadium is located in a very isolated area, and it makes getting to the stadium a bit rough sometimes. There are several large parking lots around the stadium. Some fans park very far away and walk to avoid paying for the parking at MetLife. The best thing to do is to take public transit. If you want to tailgate though, there is ample room for having a good time. A round trip ticket from New York Penn Station to MetLife Stadium will cost you $11.00. You could also try and park in the lot of the hotels in the area, but you face the risk of being ticketed or towed.
Once inside the stadium, there is ample room in the concourse to walk around. You never feel too cramped inside of MetLife Stadium. Even the bathrooms have a good amount of space to move around. You have to have good timing though, because at halftime everyone will be rushing to the concourse and the bathrooms.
Since this is the New York City area, things are more expensive than usual. The ticket prices will fluctuate depending on who the Jets are playing. If you are looking to see the Jets play the Patriots or the Giants, tickets will be pretty expensive. On the flip side, if you see the Jets play the Browns or the Jaguars, you will have cheaper tickets.
In terms of food, I think that there is good value in terms of bang for your buck. The food at MetLife Stadium is by no means cheap, but it is definitely tasty and they do give you a filling portion. You will need to spend a good amount of money at MetLife Stadium though if you are planning on taking your family. If you add up transportation, food, and tickets, it can seem like a lot. However, the Jets offer a great experience, delicious food, and a good on-field product.
One star goes to the on-field attractions that the Jets put on. From the flight crew, to the aviators drumline, the Jets definitely do a good job of showcasing a variety of entertainment options. It was really cool to see the cheerleaders doing routines to the drumlines music.
A second star goes to MetLife Central. This is supposed to be the main gate to the stadium and it does not disappoint. From interviews with former players, to the Jet experience, to the Jumbo Jet food, this place has it all. This is also where they test their new food options to see if people like them.
A final star goes to the staff that work at MetLife Stadium. This is a very clean stadium, and the staff has a huge hand in that. They do a great job at getting food out quick, and they are always attentive and cater to the needs of the fans.
Some people will be scared off by the usual high prices of New York City sports. But, I would urge you to take a trip to MetLife Stadium to see the New York Jets. You can have a variety of different foods that are all delicious. You can take in a solid game of NFL football for a reasonable price if you pick the right game. And, you can experience the passion and intensity of Jets fans as they root on their team. I would highly recommend a visit to MetLife Stadium.
After many years of anticipation, the New York Jets have at last moved into their brand new home at MetLife Stadium, which they share with the New York Giants. Located a stone's throw from the old Meadowlands Stadium, the new venue opened in 2010 for its inaugural season.
Approaching the stadium, you get the feeling you're walking into Oz - the venue is positively huge, and lit up in neon green (it's blue for Giants games) to such an extent that you feel like you're off to see the Wizard. It's so bright, I imagine you can see it from space.
MetLife Stadium is enormous, overwhelming, and expensive, but it's also loads of fun. Attending a game here is pricey even by NFL stadium standards, but it's well worth it.
Prior to the 2011 season opener, the new stadium in the Meadowlands finally got a corporate name. It's now called MetLife Stadium and it is the home of the New York Jets and the New York Giants.
Depending on who the home team is on a given day, the stadium has a different look and feel to it. When the Jets are the home team, it's lighted up in green and when the Giants play a home game it's converted to blue.
The building is very generic in stature. It was created that way to give a neutral feel with different shades of grey seats that blend in so it looks like the place is full.
I've been to a number of Jet games there this season.
The food and beverage is nothing really special in my book. The atomosphere depends on the weather and the score of the game.
In general, this building is way too big and bland. Giants Stadium, on the other hand was a great place to see a game. It was much more intimate.
There's no neighborhood nearby. The Sports complex was build in the swamp.
Accessibility is a nightmare no matter what way you go there by car, bus or train. I must say the train is the worst way to go. I usually the bus from the Port Authority Bus Terminal. I've driven there too. I know how to go from years of experience so that's make a world of difference. I've taken the train as well. That option is a last resort for me.
There's no return on investment. You get to spend a ton of money for a bigger spaced out venue.
As for an extra, the Jets have a new home that doesn't say Giants on it.
I came into this visit very excited to see this enormous, new stadium. But after visiting, it just seemed so...plain. From the color scheme of the seats to the concourses to the menu, there was nothing there to write home about. If it weren't for the obnoxious Jets fans harping on anyone in a visiting team's colors (and they were substantially muted due to it being a game against Jacksonville in the preseason), you would have no idea you were in New York (well, pretty close to it). There is nothing particularly wrong with MetLife Stadium, there was just nothing that makes it stand out, besides the sheer size of the place.
Opened in 2010 to some acclaim but also much criticism for its corporate motif, MetLife Stadium continues to do double duty during the NFL season, as it also hosts the New York Giants. Built in the Meadowlands Sports Complex using private funds jointly provided by the two NFL teams, the stadium is the largest in the NFL in terms of permanent seating, and the most expensive stadium ever built, coming in at a cool $1.6 billion.
The stadium was constructed so that it could be easily converted for use by either team. MetLife is essentially two different venues depending on which club is at home. Most notably is the lighting system which glows green or blue depending on which team is in action that day. With the complete changeover taking just a matter of hours, having the two teams at home on the same weekend is not impossible, and Stadium Journeyers who want to experience the show for each club might want to find a Sunday/Monday doubleheader, which the league schedules from time to time.
Originally (or unoriginally) named New Meadowlands Stadium, the venue gained its current handle when insurance behemoth MetLife purchased naming rights in 2011 in a rare situation where a corporate name actually might be a slight improvement.
The stadium hosts concerts and other events such as international soccer friendlies, but its time in the limelight will be February 2nd 2014, when it is the site for Super Bowl XLVIII. Neither New York team will be there so it will be interesting to see how different the stadium will look for the signature event of the 2013 season.
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