The New York Jets were founded in 1960 as one of the original eight AFL teams and were initially called the New York Titans because, according to owner Harry Wismer, "Titans are bigger and stronger than Giants." The Titans first played at the Polo Grounds, then moved to Shea Stadium in 1964, where they remained until 1983. The move to Shea Stadium came with a name change. Around 500 new names for the team were submitted, and the front office chose “"Jets: because of Shea's location between La Guardia and JFK Airports. All this time, they had been sharing a stadium with their older brothers, the New York Football Giants.
In 1984, a new, football-specific stadium was constructed in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The name of this new stadium? Giants Stadium. All of that - well, most of that - changed in 2010, when the somewhat antiquated Giants Stadium, also known as Meadowlands Stadium, was torn down and a brand new, state-of-the-art stadium was constructed right next door. MetLife was quick to buy naming rights, and while MetLife Stadium might not be the most attractive name, at least Jets fans don’t have to stare at "Giants Stadium" while tailgating anymore. The Jets still share a stadium with the Giants, but you really can't tell. On Jets' game day, the exterior of the stadium is bathed in Jet Green light, and the souvenir shops, banners, and end zones are all changed from Giants to Jets. At long last, the Jets truly have a place they can call home.
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The phrase, "If you can dream it, you can have it," has to be slightly amended to, "If you can dream it and you have plenty of money in your pocket, you can have it," here. The somewhat inflated prices, however, do not take away from the fact that this place has just about everything. Seriously, they have Chinese food, Mexican food, pork on a stick, at least one pub, cheese steaks, steaks, pastrami, corned beef, hot dogs, and pizza to name a few. The portions here are also larger than at most stadiums. For a complete list of concessions and where to find them, click here.
In addition to the permanent concession stands spread out across the three seating levels, there are also nearly twenty portable stands. Before the game starts, or during the game, head over to MetLife Central, located in the lower level just inside the MetLife Gate. There are so many different options here that long lines really aren't a problem. Whether it's ribs and sausage from the BBQ Shack, dumplings from Lucky's, or wings from Wing Man NYC, MetLife Central has you covered.
If you're looking for a place to hang out with other Jets fans while enjoying a pint or two, head over to the West Side Pub behind section 143. If beer just isn't strong enough, there's always the Bow Street Irish Whiskey Bar located outside section 109.
There is a reason the NFL decided to hold Super Bowl XLVIII at this stadium. It is an open-air stadium, but the architecture here does an amazing job of trapping the sound in and creating a dome-like atmosphere. The staff are all friendly, which may seem like a small thing, but it really does make a difference. Here at MetLife, they know how to put on a show. Pre-game introductions include fire, smoke, and fireworks. For the National Anthem, a stage is placed on the 50-yard line, season ticket holders unfurl Jets flags on either side, and an American flag is spread out behind the stage. Another unique game day tradition is the sounding of the air raid siren. Former Jets, celebrities, and season ticket holders all take part in this tradition.
There are four video screens between the 200 and 300 levels at each corner, instead of one behind the end zones. Two of these show in-game stats and the other two show the game. Also, this place gets loud, especially when 82,000-plus fans pack the stadium. That doesn't happen very often for the Jets, but even 70,000 people are capable of making quite a bit of noise. Being part of a packed house and hearing the famous "J-E-T-S, JETS JETS JETS!!!" is really quite an experience.
If it's your first Jets game at MetLife, head on over to MetLife Central, where you can have your picture taken, printed out, and put on a lanyard and get a certificate with the date and opponent of the game. All of that is completely free, and is by no means limited to just the Jets fans. The staff here make everyone feel welcome, regardless of where your loyalties lie.
The stadium is located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and shares parking lots with the Izod Center and the Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment horse track. Aside from that, there's a Popeyes up the road, as well as a bagel shop. In that same area is Redd's, a local sports bar that offers tailgating packages, parking, and shuttles to the game. The shuttles are free for the people who park at Redd's and $10 round-trip for everyone else. Don't try walking.
There might not be much in the immediate area, but New York City is just a quick train ride away and there is plenty to do and eat in the stadium.
While they can be a bit rough around the edges, Jets fans are among the most loyal fans in the NFL. On top of being extremely loyal, Jets fans also have the tendency to be brutally honest when it comes to how they feel about the front office. Another trait of Jets fans is that travel very well. It doesn't matter if they are playing in Buffalo, DC, Nashville, or Kansas City, Jets fans will be there. These fans have always been a blue-collar, hard-working group and some have complained that MetLife and the organization have priced out the "real Jets fans." Prices have gone up since Giants Stadium, but you will still find a good number of fans in the stadium.
They say that football is family, and nowhere is that more true than at MetLife. The loyalty of these fans has been passed down through the generations, literally. Most of the fans here are families whose ages range from two years old to over 80.
It's also time to put to the idea that all Jets fans are obnoxious and abrasive. These people can be very friendly, but if you draw undue attention to yourself, you will be treated accordingly. The lesson here is this: be friendly and you will be welcomed; act unfriendly, and that attitude will be reciprocated.
A round-trip ticket from Manhattan to MetLife Stadium costs $11, and is your best and easiest bet for traveling to and from the game. If you're coming from New Jersey, you can still take the transit and have an easier time than the people driving to the game. If mass transit just isn't an option, bring cash to pay tolls before you get to your parking spot. On-site parking will cost around $40 and parking at Redd's costs $30. The last transit train leaves from MetLife two hours after the end of the game; you'll be stuck in traffic longer than that if you drive.
Surrounding the stadium and outside the gates are bag check stations. These stations are trailers where fans can leave any items or bags that security would not allow into the stadium. Gates open two hours prior to kickoff, and fans are free to leave and re-enter the stadium up to one hour before kickoff. Once inside the stadium, you will find that restrooms are plentiful and water fountains aren't hard to find. The concourses are wide and easy to navigate at every level, and the overall lack of obstructed view seating is a nice bonus. Some seats in the upper deck might have a bit of a rail in front of them, but it's not enough to dramatically alter the view of the field.
Most places charge for any pre-game festivities, but at MetLife, most of these are free. At MetLife Central, there is a mini-football field with a goal post and cutouts of Jets receivers. Fans have the opportunity to throw passes to these cutouts and if you can kick two out of three field goals, you win a prize. The game we attended was in December, so the prize was either a blanket or a Jets draw-string bag. That's all free. The retail price for tickets at MetLife is fairly high, but due to the team's overall lack of success, tickets on the resale market place are cheap. Tickets were available in the lower level for a Monday Night game here for under $20.
Be sure to check out MetLife Central before the game. On top of the pre-game radio show, it is fairly common for former Jet greats to sign autographs and take pictures with the fans here. You'll also get to see the Jets cheerleaders perform various routines leading up to kickoff. Another thing to note about this stadium is that it is incredibly clean. You won't see trash lying around anywhere in the stadium, which is nice.
Overall, a Jets game at MetLife Stadium is the best game day experience I have ever been a part of. The pre-game entertainment, friendly staff, clean and open concourses, terrific sightlines, and abundance of food all add up to make this an amazing experience. The game itself might not be that great, but, if you're lucky, you might get to see a couple fans rush onto the field, only to be aggressively detained by security.
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.
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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