When MetLife Stadium opened its doors in 2010, it was leaving behind countless moments in the old “Giants Stadium” located directly across street. The $1.6 billion venue, which is also home to the New York Jets (lighting changes and image swapping occurs during the changeover), is as glamorous as they come in comparison to other NFL arenas. While the surrounding area of the stadium may dampen the mood to the average fan and cost them an arm-and-a-leg, the home of the defending Super Bowl champions offers great food, a dynamic atmosphere inside and out, as well as showcasing the long history of the Giants storied franchise.
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With the ample amount of food at MetLife Stadium, it would be hard for other stadiums around the league to compete with the feast that is offered. Traditional food stands which supply hot dogs, hamburgers, beer and pretzels are scattered across the stadium, while Papa John's pizza, cheesesteaks, craft beers and Mrs. Fields cookies may appeal to first-timers.
Even though the venue is located in New Jersey, MetLife Stadium does a great job of giving it that "New York" feeling through the foods available. "Brooklyn Burgers", the "Boardwalk Fryer" and the "New York Delicatessen" offer up an array of foods from pastrami sandwiches, corned beef, fried hot dogs, clams and freshly grilled gourmet burgers.
Those seeking health foods, can eat organically.
The food possibilities are endless, but make sure you bring your wallet, as you will be shelling out a couple of bills to fuel the tank. .
Due to its massive structure, MetLife Stadium may not be as loud as some other NFL stadiums. However, when it is a full-house, it can be a dynamic venue. Four huge LCD screens surround the field at each corner of the stadium, while promotional videos and displays are used to increase both crowd noise and interactions with the fans. Even with a large split between the upper deck, the concourse and field seats, fans get the sense that they are a part of a community when they are at MetLife Stadium, no matter if the Giants or Jets are the home team. Even better? There is not one seat with an obstructive view!
This is where MetLife Stadium falls flat. Due to location issues and the inability to create an enormous venue within a busy city, MetLife Stadium is literally surrounded by swampland and parking lots. Fans will be able to see the stadium from miles out on the highway, only to realize that it truly is the only thing out there besides the Izod Center, the former home of the New Jersey Nets and New Jersey Devils. Fans who are used to being able to explore a neighborhood or city before a game will ultimately be disappointed by the outer surroundings of MetLife Stadium, but hopefully it will not diminish their overall experience when they enter the doors.
Those attending games at MetLife Stadium do a great job showing their dedication outside of the stadium. Parking is available up to 5 hours prior to game time, and rest assure, the tailgating crowd is in full force on game day. Barbeques, coolers, music and makeshift field goal posts are scattered among numerous lots, adding to the experience even before you set foot inside of the stadium. Once inside, fans are loud, not only in the stands, but also around the stadium, in the concourse and even in the bathroom as several chants start in the stalls and make their way to the seats.
Compared to other venues in the New York Metropolitan area, MetLife Stadium offers easy access for fans, no matter their mode of transportation. Those coming from Long Island can either drive or take the Long Island Railroad into Manhattan's Pennsylvania Station. A shuttle provided by the New Jersey Transit Authority at the Secacus Junction, which also caters to any fans from the local tri-state area (which has extra shuttles on game day), will have fans at the stadium in no time, avoiding the hassle of traffic and tolls for those debating on driving. While State Route 3 and I-95 are the nearby main roads, there are plenty of on-and-off ramps as well as signage guiding fans to their designated parking areas. In addition, there are numerous security personnel and parking attendants that will be able to provide assistance if needed.
With a venue that ranks among the most expensive in professional sports, it is to no surprise that the price of a ticket, parking and concessions will easily cost you in the triple digits. Sideline seating is priced at $725 per ticket at face value, while seats all the way in the clouds will still run you $110 per ticket. Factor in ticket fees and tax; you have yourself one pricey piece of cardboard.
Parking can vary from close to $100 all the way down to $25 for spots that are a hike from the stadium. With the combination of food and transportation, whether by rail or car, in which case you will have to shell out some money for tolls, the experience at MetLife Stadium can empty your pockets quickly. No question, the stadium has everything the average fan would love. A great atmosphere, glamor, and a stellar food selection. Is it worth it in the long run? Probably, not. Avoid driving and look for online deals is your best bet to make the most of your experience.
MetLife Stadium does a good job of offering extras for fans that have shelled out some serious dough for the experience. Countless LCD televisions are placed around the stadium to keep fans in the game if they need to leave their seats.
The New York Giants Legacy Club, the team's museum, showcases the history of the franchise that dates back over 85 years; displaying championship trophies and memorabilia. Surprisingly, there is no charge to enter the museum.
Before the game, fans can enjoy live music, and lounge within several beer gardens that are placed in open areas once you enter the gates. Team merchandise is also available at small kiosks as well as the mainstay team store.
Yes, MetLife Stadium is a venue that every NFL fan should experience. The only problem is that you may be saving your money for months to enjoy just one day at the home of the 2012 Super Bowl champions.
MetLife Stadium opened to fevered anticipation in 2010, replacing the clunky and crumbling Old Meadowlands Stadium, which was characterized by terribly uncomfortable seating, a dingy and difficult-to-navigate concourse, and obstructed views.
The new Giants Stadium (which is shared with the Jets) still has some of the problems that the old stadium had (the edifice itself lacks character, and access/parking is still a total nightmare), but the seating, views of the field, cleanliness, and overall stadium-going experience have improved dramatically.
With any new stadium comes increased prices, both for tickets and concessions, but if you can spare a little extra cash, you will not be disappointed by the experience of attending a Giants game at MetLife Stadium.
This is the new home of the New York Football Giants. The sexy new Meadowlands Stadium, renamed MetLife Stadium, and at a cost of $1.2-billion, is one of the glitziest showplaces in the NFL, yet still retains a venue which is deferential to the average fan. The building is also shared with the NFL's New York Jets, but as will be explained, the stadium takes on a whole different look and feel, depending on who is the home team.
The New York Giants have a rich history that spans 84 years. They have played in the Polo Grounds, Yankee Stadium, Yale Bowl and Shea Stadium. Not until 1976 did Giants Stadium open the gates in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Giants Stadium is currently the 9th oldest stadium in the NFL and 3rd largest behind Fed-Ex Field and the new Cowboy stadium. Giants Stadium sits in the Meadowlands complex and seats 78, 741 people. Up until 2008 the New York Giants were sold out for every game and had a waiting list to obtain season tickets that was well over 20 years long. So, if you put your name on the season ticket request list in 1988, you might have gotten a call in 2008.
With the new stadium looming and the "Giant" increase in ticket prices, plus a rather "Giant" cost for a personal seat license ($1,000-$20,000) that waiting list has been contracted and circulated through twice over by Giant ticket managers to stimulate ticket sales for the new stadium.
First and foremost, I strongly disagree that the Giants needed a new Stadium. They had one of the very best venues to view a NFL game. They added additional luxury boxes earlier in this decade. Thanks to pure greed this place was built. In addition, they needed to displace the older generation of Giant fans and they now have succeeded.
As for the crowd at a Giant game it's very different from a Jet game. The one thing that remains a constant is that everybody loves a winner especially in the NYC area. With the Giants having won a Super Bowl 3 years ago, people love the Giants.
As many of their older fans have died off, the crowd has become younger.
When the Giants are winning, it's a great atomosphere. When they're losing the boo birds are out.
The Giant fans lost a great stadium so with this new one they got a raw deal.
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