Meadowlands Arena is an indoor venue located in the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The arena is located on New Jersey Route 120 and is across the highway from MetLife Stadium, a covered footbridge connects one of MetLife Stadiums parking lots with the Izod Centers lot. The arena was built to accommodate a move of the New York Nets basketball team to New Jersey. In 1982, the Colorado Rockies hockey team joined the Nets in the new building, the Nets and Devils were joined by the Seton Hall Pirates mens college basketball team in 1982. In 2007, the Prudential Center opened in nearby Newark and the New Jersey Devils, for whom the arena was built, Seton Hall, whose campus in South Orange is closer to Newark than East Rutherford, followed and moved their basketball games there. The Nets remained for three seasons before moving to Newark, where they played two seasons before departing New Jersey for Brooklyn and the Barclays Center. The mens basketball team from Fordham University played most of their 2010–11 home schedule at the arena, following the departure of all three of its major tenants, the arena continued to host occasional non-sporting events, such as touring shows and concerts, and other local events. The state-owned facility reported losses for 2013, and was projected to have $8.5 million in losses for 2015, while the venue was being built, the Nets played their home games in Piscataway, New Jersey at the Rutgers Athletic Center. The arena was designed by Grad Partnership and Dilullo, Clauss, the structural engineers for this project was Leslie E. Robertson Associates. Originally named after the governor of New Jersey, the arena opened July 2,1981 with the first of six concerts by New Jersey rock musician Bruce Springsteen. This was followed by an ice show later that month, while the official name of the arena was Brendan Byrne Arena, on television it was usually referred to as The Meadowlands. The Nets moved into their new home on October 30,1981, Byrne Arena also hosted the NBA All-Star Game later that season on January 31,1982. Another reason for the building of the arena in the Meadowlands was to lure a National Hockey League team to New Jersey. Imperatore sold the team to Houston Astros owner Dr. John McMullen in 1982, the first NHL game played at Byrne Arena pitted the Devils against the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 5,1982, and the game ended in a 3-3 tie. The next season, the NHL All-Star Game was hosted by the Devils at the arena, as Continental Airlines Arena, it hosted the 1996 Final Four—the last Final Four to date that has been held in an arena specifically built for basketball. On May 5,2007, the Devils played their last game at the arena, losing 3–2 to the Ottawa Senators, scott Gomez scored the final goal in the building. The Devils subsequently relocated to the newly constructed Prudential Center in nearby Newark, following the Devils final season at the arena in 2007, Continental Airlines opted out of the naming rights agreement and the NJSEA signed an agreement with Izod for five years. The company will pay $1.4 million per annum for the first two years of the agreement, when the Nets left, it dropped to $750,000 per year for the balance of the five-year deal
Image: IZOD Center
The arena's architecture features sharp, cantilevered corners which also serve as the entrance gates.