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MetLife Stadium
MetLife Stadium Logo.png
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Former names New Meadowlands Stadium 2010
Address 1 MetLife Stadium Drive
Location East Rutherford, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°48′49″N 74°4′28″W / 40.81361°N 74.07444°W / 40.81361; -74.07444Coordinates: 40°48′49″N 74°4′28″W / 40.81361°N 74.07444°W / 40.81361; -74.07444
Public transit NJ Transit Meadowlands Station:

NJT Bus NJT Bus: 353

NJT Bus Coach USA: 351
Owner MetLife Stadium Company, LLC
(New York Jets 50%/New York Giants 50%)[1]
Capacity 82,500[2]
Surface UBU Speed Series S5-M (2013–present)
FieldTurf (2010–2012)
Broke ground September 5, 2007[3]
Opened April 10, 2010[7]
Construction cost $1.6 billion
($1.8 billion in 2017 dollars[4])
Architect 360 Architecture
Rockwell Group
Bruce Mau Design, Inc.
Project manager Hammes Company Sports Development
Structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti
General contractor Skanska AB[5]
Main contractors Structal–Heavy Steel Construction, a division of Canam Group[6]
New York Giants (NFL) (2010–present)
New York Jets (NFL) (2010–present)

MetLife Stadium is an American sports stadium located in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It is part of the Meadowlands Sports Complex and serves as the home stadium for two National Football League (NFL) franchises: the New York Giants and the New York Jets. The stadium is owned by the MetLife Stadium Company, a joint venture of the Giants and Jets, who jointly built the stadium using private funds on land owned by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. The stadium opened as New Meadowlands Stadium in 2010. In 2011, MetLife, an insurance company based in New York City, acquired the naming rights to the stadium. At a construction cost of approximately $1.6 billion, it was the most expensive stadium ever built,[8] at the time it opened, and is the second-largest stadium in the NFL in terms of seating capacity.

MetLife Stadium is the only NFL stadium shared by two clubs since the 2000s. Los Angeles' Staples Center (the Clippers and the Lakers) of the National Basketball Association (NBA) is the only other facility to currently house two teams from the same sports league in the United States.


As Giants Stadium approached 30 years of age, it was becoming one of the older stadiums in the NFL. The Jets, who had been the lesser tenants at the stadium (which was called simply "The Meadowlands" for Jets games), sought to have their own stadium built in Manhattan proper, the proposed West Side Stadium. Originally intended to be the 85,000-seat main stadium for New York's bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics, it was designed to be downsized to 75,000 seats for the Jets. However, the West Side Stadium would have required significant public funding, which collapsed in 2005. The Jets then entered into a partnership with the Giants to build a new stadium in which the two teams would be equal partners.


Construction on MetLife Stadium, as seen in 2007 (top) and 2008 (bottom) near Giants Stadium

The architects were tasked with designing a neutral stadium that would still embody the distinct personalities of both franchises. The Giants favored a traditional look of exposed steel framework and rusticated stone while the Jets wanted a sleek and modern look highlighted by metal and glass. With those features in mind the designers used the column/tower dynamic seen in many of Manhattan's skyscrapers as inspiration for the stadium's design.[9]

The base of the stadium's facade is clad in limestone-like stonework while the rest of the stadium is distinguished by an outer skin of aluminum louvers and glass and by interior lighting capable of switching colors, depending on which team is currently playing; blue for the Giants and green for the Jets.[10] This idea originated at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, which is shared between the city's two major soccer clubs, Bayern Munich and 1860 Munich. Unlike Giants Stadium, MetLife Stadium can easily be converted from a Giants game to a Jets game or vice versa, within a matter of hours.[11] The total linear length of louvers is exactly 50,000 meters (50 kilometers) or 163,681 feet (31.1 miles).

Front row 50 yard line seats are 46 feet (14 m) away from the sideline, which is the shortest distance of all NFL stadiums. To change the field decorations, two 4-person crews take approximately 18 hours using forklifts and other machinery to remove the 40 sections of FieldTurf which make up the teams' respective endzones.[12][dead link] Unlike most NFL stadiums, the NFL's logo is painted at midfield, instead of the logo of one of the teams, also shortening the transition time. The replaceable team logos at midfield were removed in August 2010, after Domenik Hixon tore his anterior cruciate ligament at a practice at the stadium during training camp.[13]

Unlike a number of other new NFL venues, MetLife Stadium does not have a roof, as proposals to include a roof failed, over a dispute for funding.[14] Thus, indoor events such as the Final Four cannot be held at the facility, which runs counter to the original aims for a new stadium in northern New Jersey.[15]

10 giant high-definition-ready light emitting diode (LED) pylons, located at the north, south, east and west entrances, display videos of the team currently in-house. The pylons measure approximately 54 feet (16 m) high by 20 feet (6.1 m) wide. Inside, are four 30 feet (9.1 m) by 116 feet (35 m) high definition video displays, and hang from each corner of the upper deck.[16]

The new stadium seating bowl is laid out similar to that of Giants Stadium[9] and has seating for 82,500[2] people, including 10,005 club seats and approximately 218 luxury suites, making it the second-largest NFL stadium in terms of total seating.[17]

lower bowl mid-bowl upper bowl
33,346 21,323 27,897

MetLife Stadium includes a total of four locker rooms: one each for the Giants and Jets, as well as 2 for visiting teams. The home teams have locker rooms on opposite ends of the stadium with a visitors' locker room adjacent to it; the unused visitors' locker room is used for spillover by the home team, on game days.[17][18]

In 2012, DLR Group partnered with NRG Energy to design and install a "Solar Ring" on the upper rim of MetLife Stadium. The Solar Ring consists of 1,350 building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solar panels assembled into 47 individual frames. The BIPV panels are illuminated with LED lighting and programmed to display the signature blue and green colors of the Giants and the Jets along with other hues for events such as concerts, soccer matches and college sports. The panels generate about 350 KW, nearly 25 times the amount of electricity that's actually needed to power the LED display system. The excess power generated can go into the general stadium use or back to the grid.[19][20]

Technical agreements[edit]

Lease terms[edit]

View of MetLife Stadium (under construction) and Giants Stadium (on right) in July 2009

The two teams formed the New Meadowlands Stadium Company, LLC (now MetLife Stadium Company), a 50/50 joint venture, to build and operate the stadium. The two teams leased the parcel of land on which the stadium stands from the NJSEA for a 25-year term, with options to extend it which could eventually reach 97 years. After the 15th year of the lease, and every five years, hence; one of the 2 teams may opt out of the lease after giving the state 12 months notice. However, if one team leaves for a new stadium, the other team would have to remain for the remainder of the lease. Based on the teams' histories, this clause presumably allows the Jets to eventually decide they want to play in their own stadium and leave if they can find a way to finance it. However, the high cost of building and relocating to a new stadium makes this very unlikely (although the Jets have relocated their facilities to Florham Park, New Jersey). The teams also get parking revenue from the Meadowlands' western parking lots year round, even when there are no events at the stadium (this would occur when other parts of the Meadowlands host events).[21]

Naming rights[edit]

Allianz, a financial services and insurance company based in Germany, expressed interest in purchasing naming rights to the stadium. The proposal was for a period of up to 30 years,[22] and was estimated to be valued at between $20 million and $30 million USD. However, it sparked protests from New York's Jewish community (the largest outside of Israel) and the Anti-Defamation League, which opposed the move due to close ties in the past between Allianz and the government of Nazi Germany during World War II. Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum, however, secretary general of the North American Board of Rabbis, agreed that although survivors' sensibilities are understandable, a naming deal is legitimate. "I have found Allianz to be receptive, to be sensitive and a friend of the Jewish people today," he said.[23] Allianz sponsors the venue that inspired the color-change technology for MetLife Stadium: Allianz Arena in Munich. No agreement was reached and talks between Allianz and the teams ended on September 12, 2008.[24]

On June 27, 2011, it was reported that insurance company MetLife entered discussions to purchase naming rights to the stadium.[25] The new name, MetLife Stadium,[26] became official when all parties signed a 25-year deal on August 23.[27][28][29]

EPA agreement[edit]

The exterior of MetLife Stadium, configured for a Giants game

In June 2009, the New Meadowlands Stadium Corporation and the EPA signed a memorandum of understanding that outlines plans to incorporate environmentally-friendly materials and practices into the construction and operation of MetLife Stadium. The agreement includes strategies to reduce air pollution, conserve water and energy, improve waste management, and reduce the environmental impact of construction. The goal of the agreement is to save the emission of nearly 1.68 million metric tons of carbon dioxide during the stadium's construction and its first year of operation. Under this agreement, the stadium construction must use around 40,000 tons of recycled steel, recycle 20,000 tons of steel from Giants Stadium, install seating made from recycled plastic and scrap iron, and reduce air pollution from construction vehicles by using cleaner diesel fuel, diesel engine filters, and minimizing engine idle times. Other goals of this agreement include providing mass transit options for fans and replacing traditional concession plates, cups and carries with compostable alternatives. The New Meadowlands Stadium Corporation is to report the progress on its goals to EPA every six months. Based on the reports, the EPA has stated it will quantify the benefits of the venue's environmental efforts.[30][31]

Accessibility and transportation[edit]

Meadowlands station provides New Jersey Transit rail service to MetLife Stadium on game days

MetLife Stadium is accessible by car via Exit 16W on the western spur of the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95) and is also located adjacent to NJ Route 3 and NJ Route 120.[32]

Coach USA provides the 351 Meadowlands Express Bus service between MetLife Stadium and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.[33] New Jersey Transit provides the 353 Bus service for select events between MetLife Stadium and Secaucus Junction.[34]

The Meadowlands Rail Line operates on event days between Meadowlands station and Hoboken Terminal via Secaucus Junction, where there is connecting service to Pennsylvania Station (New York City), Pennsylvania Station (Newark), and other New Jersey Transit rail operations. The line opened to the public on July 26, 2009.[35]

Notable events[edit]

Firsts and notable moments[edit]

Pre-game ceremony prior to the Jets-Cowboys game on September 11, 2011
  • The first event at the stadium was the Big City Classic lacrosse event, held on April 10, 2010.[7]
  • September 12, 2010: The Giants host the first NFL regular season game in the stadium's history against the Carolina Panthers, winning 31–18.[36]
  • September 13, 2010: The Jets play their first game at the stadium, against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football, losing 10–9.[37]
  • November 14, 2010: The stadium encounters two power outages during a game featuring the Giants and the Dallas Cowboys. The game is delayed about eight minutes.[38]
  • December 19, 2010: The Philadelphia Eagles stage a comeback against the Giants in what has become known as the Miracle at the New Meadowlands, coming back from being down 31–10 with about eight minutes to go in the fourth quarter to win 38–31, capped off by DeSean Jackson's game winning punt return as time expires.
  • September 11, 2011: On the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, a ceremony is held prior to the game between the Jets and the Dallas Cowboys honoring the victims of the attacks.[39] The Jets defeated the Cowboys 27–24.[40]
  • December 24, 2011: The visiting Giants defeat the hosting Jets 29–14 in what is the biggest regular season match-up between the two New York teams in recent years, due to postseason implications for both sides. The victory helps propel the Giants into the playoffs while contributing significantly to eliminating the Jets from a postseason appearance.[41]
  • January 8, 2012: MetLife Stadium hosts its first NFL playoff game, with the Giants defeating the Atlanta Falcons 24–2 in an NFC Wild Card game,[42] en route to their Super Bowl XLVI championship.
  • November 22, 2012: During a 49-19 loss to the New England Patriots, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez runs into the backside of teammate Brandon Moore, fumbling the ball, and leading to a Patriots touchdown, in an infamous play known as the butt fumble.
  • On November 23, 2014: During a 31-28 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. snagged a 43-yard one-handed touchdown catch from Eli Manning early in the second quarter. The catch, which was completed with only three fingers while Beckham was being interfered with, has been hailed by Cris Collinsworth, Tony Dungy, Victor Cruz, and LeBron James as the best catch of all time.[43][44][45][46][47]
  • On December 6th 2015: The visiting Jets defeated the "hosting" Giants[48] in a matchup crucial to Tom Coughlin and the Giants season. Although most players didnt see the Jets vs Giants, as a rivalry the Jets considered disrespected by the cocky Giants who went into the game riding off of claims they were the "big brother." Giant legend Lawrence Taylor claimed the Giants owned the Jets[49] many Giant fans agreed this was "their town".The Jets along with rookie head coach Todd Bowles defeated the Giants in overtime exacting revenge for their 2011 loss, putting an end to the talk(from Giant fans and players) and helped put an end Tom Coughlin era and his last chance at a playoff run as their head coach.[50]

Super Bowl XLVIII[edit]

Inside MetLife Stadium during the first-ever preseason game held there, between the Giants and Jets on August 16, 2010

On May 25, 2010, it was announced that Super Bowl XLVIII was awarded to the stadium, the first time a Super Bowl would be played in the New York metropolitan area, and the first time that a non-domed stadium in a cold-weather city would host it.[51]

The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43–8 for their first Super Bowl victory, when MetLife Stadium hosted Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2, 2014.[52] The NFL requires that a Super Bowl hosting stadium must have an average temperature of 50° or higher in February or be held in an indoor climate-controlled facility. However, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell waived this requirement. The stadium was allowed on the ballot because of a "unique, once-only circumstance based on the opportunity to celebrate the new stadium and the great heritage and history of the NFL in the New York region".[53][54]

WrestleMania 29[edit]

On April 7, 2013, WWE's 29th annual flagship event, WrestleMania 29 was held at MetLife Stadium. It drew 80,676 fans which put it ahead of SummerSlam 1992 (80,355) and WrestleMania 23 (80,103) and in third place behind WrestleMania III (93,173) and WrestleMania 32 (101,763) on the list of highest ever WWE attendances.

80,676 fans pack MetLife Stadium for WrestleMania 29

The main event was John Cena challenging WWE Champion The Rock. Also featured was CM Punk versus The Undertaker. The penultimate match was Triple H versus Brock Lesnar in a no-holds-barred match.

WrestleMania XXIX garnered 1,048,000 PPV buys, 205,000 fewer than the previous year's event.[55] The event set a new record for the highest grossing live event in WWE history, grossing $72 million.[56]


Date Main act(s) Opening act(s) / Guest(s) Tour / Concert name Tickets sold / available Gross revenue
May 26, 2010 Bon Jovi Train The Circle Tour 206,099 / 206,099 (100%)
(with July 9 show)
(with July 9 show)
May 27, 2010 Gavin DeGraw
May 29, 2010 OneRepublic
June 6, 2010 2010 Summer Jam 49,048 / 49,048 (100%) $4,308,316[58]
June 10, 2010 Eagles Dixie Chicks, Keith Urban Long Road Out of Eden Tour 31,482 / 33,564 (94%) $3,390,308[57]
July 9, 2010 Bon Jovi Kid Rock The Circle Tour (see above) (see above)
June 5, 2011 2011 Summer Jam 45,633 / 45,633 (100%) $4,791,268[59]
July 20, 2011 U2 Interpol U2 360° Tour 88,491 / 88,491 (100%) $8,927,150[60]
August 13, 2011 Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band Billy Currington, Uncle Kracker Goin' Coastal Tour 55,239 / 55,239 (100%) $5,058,534[61]
May 18, 2012 2012 Electric Daisy Carnival New York 100,000 / 110,000 (91%) $7,294,307[62]
May 19, 2012
May 20, 2012
June 3, 2012 2012 Summer Jam 42,696 / 42,696 (100%) $4,597,632[63]
August 11, 2012 Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Jake Owen Brothers of the Sun Tour 56,285 / 56,285 (100%) $5,523,669[64]
September 19, 2012 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Wrecking Ball World Tour 152,290 / 159,000 (95%) $14,409,760[65]
September 21, 2012
September 22, 2012
June 2, 2013 2013 Summer Jam 41,598 / 41,598 (100%) $3,793,412[66]
July 13, 2013 Taylor Swift Ed Sheeran, Austin Mahone, Joel Crouse
The Red Tour 52,399 / 52,399 (100%) $4,670,011[67]
July 25, 2013 Bon Jovi The J. Geils Band Because We Can 95,991 / 95,991 (100%) $9,594,635[68]
July 27, 2013
August 10, 2013 Kenny Chesney, Eric Church Eli Young Band, Kacey Musgraves No Shoes Nation Tour 53,416 / 53,416 (100%) $4,849,247[69]
July 11, 2014 Beyoncé and Jay-Z On the Run Tour 89,165 / 89,165 (100%) $11,544,187[70]
July 12, 2014
August 4, 2014 One Direction 5 Seconds of Summer Where We Are Tour 139,247 / 139,247 (100%) $12,345,803
August 5, 2014
August 16, 2014 Eminem and Rihanna The Monster Tour 100,420 / 100,420 (100%) $12,358,850
August 17, 2014
July 10, 2015 Taylor Swift Vance Joy, Shawn Mendes, HAIM
The 1989 World Tour 110,105 / 110,105 (100%) $13,423,858
July 11, 2015
August 5, 2015 One Direction Icona Pop On The Road Again Tour 56,159 / 56,159 (100%) $5,156,858
August 15, 2015 Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean Brantley Gilbert, Cole Swindell, Old Dominion The Big Revival Tour (Chesney)
Burn It Down Tour (Aldean)
58,642 / 58,642 (100%) $6,067,017
August 26, 2015 AC/DC Vintage Trouble Rock or Bust World Tour 48,881 / 50,000 (98%) $4,492,251
July 16, 2016 Coldplay Alessia Cara, Foxes A Head Full of Dreams Tour 100,763 / 100,763 (100%) $10,749,394[71]
July 17, 2016
July 23, 2016 Guns N' Roses Lenny Kravitz Not in This Lifetime... Tour 88,637 / 94,506 (93%) $11,137,615[72]
July 24, 2016
August 7, 2016 Paul McCartney One on One 52,465 / 52,465 (100%) $7,808,072
August 20, 2016 Kenny Chesney Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt, Old Dominion Spread the Love Tour 56,292 / 56,292 (100%) $5,736,232
August 23, 2016 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band The River Tour 2016 153,930 / 153,930 (100%) $18,239,039
August 25, 2016
August 30, 2016
October 7, 2016 Beyoncé DJ Khaled
Serena Williams, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar (guests)
The Formation World Tour 50,703 / 50,703 (100%) $6,064,625
May 14, 2017 Metallica Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat WorldWired Tour 46,941 / 49,155 (95%) $5,955,038[73]
June 28, 2017 U2 The Lumineers The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 110,642 / 110,642 (100%) $14,568,805[73]
June 29, 2017
August 1, 2017 Coldplay AlunaGeorge, Izzy Bizu A Head Full of Dreams Tour 54,501 / 54,501 (100%) $7,861,460[74]
July 20, 2018 Taylor Swift TBA Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour[75]
July 21, 2018
July 22, 2018
August 18, 2018 Kenny Chesney Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion, Brandon Lay Trip Around The Sun Tour [76]
September 22, 2018 Ed Sheeran TBA ÷ Tour[77]
Small scale replica of MetLife Stadium.

International soccer[edit]

MetLife Stadium is also designed for soccer. To prepare for a match, the stadium uses retractable seating in the field level corners to fit a FIFA-sanctioned soccer field.[78] Along with being noted for providing exceptional sight-lines,[79] this has allowed the stadium to host several major international soccer matches.

The first international exhibition match was between Mexico and Ecuador on May 7, 2010 in front of 77,507 fans. The stadium hosted another international exhibition soccer match between the United States and Brazil on August 10, 2010. Brazil won 2–0 in front of a near-sellout crowd of 77,223; the game was played on a temporary grass field.[80][81] The stadium hosted another international friendly, between the United States and Argentina on March 26, 2011, which ended in a 1–1 draw and was played in front of a sellout crowd of 78,926.[82] Another exhibition match in preparation for 2014 FIFA World Cup was played on November 14, 2012 between Colombia and Brazil, with Brazil acting as the local team despite a higher affluence of Colombian fans.

On June 26, 2016, the stadium hosted the Copa América Centenario Final, a special 100th anniversary edition of the Copa América, organized jointly by CONMEBOL and CONCACAF, hosted by the USA, and the first to take place outside South América. Chile beat Argentina 4–2 on penalties after a 0–0 draw after extra time to claim their second consecutive Copa América Championship in front of 82,026 fans.[83]

On August 3, 2016, MetLife Stadium hosted a 2016 International Champions Cup match between Real Madrid and F.C. Bayern Munich. Real Madrid won the game 1–0.[84]

On July 22, 2017, a match of the 2017 International Champions Cup was played between FC Barcelona and Juventus. Barcelona won the match 2-1 in front of 82,104 fans.[85]

On August 15, 2017, as part of the United States joint bid with Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, MetLife Stadium was announced as a potential venue to host at least one of the matches.[86]

College Football[edit]

On October 16, 2010, Rutgers hosted Army in the first college football game to be played in the new stadium, with the Scarlet Knights defeating the Black Knights in overtime, 23–20. During the game's second half, Rutgers player Eric LeGrand was injured on a special teams play, defending a Rutgers kickoff, and paralyzed from the neck down.

On September 7, 2012, the stadium hosted the first New York's College Classic game, with the visiting USC Trojans defeating the Syracuse Orange, 42–29. Syracuse has relocated three of its home games from the Carrier Dome to MetLife Stadium in New Jersey under the banner of New York's College Classic, losing all three games; a fourth was played against Notre Dame in September 2014.

On September 27, 2014, Syracuse Orange hosted Notre Dame Fighting Irish in their fourth New York's College Classic, which boasted 76,802 fans in attendance. Syracuse lost their fourth straight classic, 31–15.

Other events[edit]

The stadium hosted the 12th Siyum HaShas, a celebration of the completion of the Talmud through the ​7 12-year Daf Yomi study program, on August 1, 2012. At 93,000 seats, it was the highest capacity crowd in the stadium's history, due to on-field seating and a ticket sell-out. The siyum was a Department of Homeland Security level two security event, the most critical short of a presidential visit.[87][88]

Since 2012, the stadium has been the main site of the two-day electronic music festival Electric Daisy Carnival's stop in the New York Metropolitan Area bringing electronic acts including Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell, Porter Robinson and Tiësto.

On July 14 & 15, 2017, the stadium hosted the 18th International Indian Film Academy Awards, the Oscars of Bollywood, for the first time.[89]

On January 16, 2018, the stadium hosted the Inaugural Ball for newly elected New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.[90]


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