The home of the New York Football Giants is the Meadowlands!
Just across the Hudson from NYC, Giants Stadium makes up just part of the larger Meadlowlands complex that includes three major facilities - the Meadowlands Racetrack, the Meadowlands Arena, and Giants Stadium. The stadium is known solely as Giants Stadium and the Meadowlands Arena is the enclosed building where the NJ Nets and NJ Devils play. They all share the same parking facilities. Both the New York Giants and the New York Jets football teams play their home games here. Giants Stadium also serves as a venue for the larger music concerts in the region. From March through September the surface is natural grass, to accomodate the Metrostars soccer team.
Directions to stadium
From LaGuardia Airport, take the Grand Central Parkway west to Triboro Bridge and follow directions to the George Washington Bridge. Take I-95 to the New Jersey Turnpike. From JFK, take Van Wyck Expressway to the Long Island Expressway, or 495 West, to the Midtown Tunnel. Cross over 34th St. and follow signs to Lincoln Tunnel, where you head about four miles to Route 3 west. There is public transportation to the Meadowlands from the Port Authority bus terminal in Manhattan. Information is available at the NJ Transit booth.
"Decked in red-white-and-blue team colors, Giants Stadium offers terrific sightlines and the magical Manhanttan skyline across the Hudson as a backdrop. Before what might be the league's best facility for football was built, this area, known as the Jersey Meadowlands, was a vast swampland filled with rats and abandoned car frames. Maybe the best way to explain why Giants Stadium is so football fan friendly is to note that you can't fit a baseball field inside.
The Giants are strictly a blue-collar, grind-it-out team that has had only eight winning seasons (but two Super Bowl titles) since the stadium opened. The wind, known to the natives as the Hawk, has helped the Giants win a lot of games, as have their fans, unfairly reputed to be an affluent lot who sit on their hands. Attend an NFL East matchup with, say, the Philadelphia Eagles, and you'll know that the noise can be deafening.
Of course, it might not be only team spirit that drives the Giants when they play at the Meadowlands - it could be a spirit of a different sort. An outrageous but popular theory holds that slain Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa is buried underneath the stadium. Cries to excavate each end zone are sure to be heard again in 1996, the 20th anniversary of Hoffa's disappearance."
As written by The Sports Staff of USA TODAY in
"The Complete Four Sport Stadium Guide" for Fodor's Sports
Giants Stadium Fast Facts and Industry Awards
* GIANTS STADIUM: Named for the Football Giants, the first professional franchise to lease the facility.
* LOCATION: East Rutherford, Bergen County, New Jersey. Giants Stadium is bounded by Route 120, the Continental Airlines Arena and the New Jersey Turnpike on the east, Route 3 on the south, Berrys Creek and Route 17 on the west and Paterson Plank Road on the north.
* 4 miles west of Lincoln Tunnel
* 8 miles from George Washington Bridge
* 12 miles from Newark International Airport
* Accessible to New Jersey Turnpike, Interstate 80, Routes 3, 17, 120
* MEADOWLANDS SPORTS COMPLEX: Giants Stadium, along with the Continental Airlines Arena and the Meadowlands Racetrack, make up the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Complex was constructed on a 750-acre site at a cost of $450 million and is considered one of the greatest sports and entertainment complexes in the world.
* GROUNDBREAKING: November 19, 1972
* OPENING DAY: October 10, 1976 -- Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys (NFL), sold-out crowd of 76,042 saw Dallas win 24-14.
* CAPACITY: 78,741 (football); 55,000 - 60,000 (concerts)
* SPECIFICATIONS: 756 feet (length) x 592 feet (width) x 144 feet (height)
13,500 tons of structural steel and 29,200 cubic yards of poured concrete
* ROOF TYPE: Open
* COST: $75 million
* SITE OCCUPIED: 20.25 acres
* PARKING: 25,000 spaces
* PLAYING SURFACE: Astroturf
* MANAGED BY: New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority
* SUITES: 72 (Mezzanine Level), 70 suites seat 16, 2 suites seat 10
* CONCESSIONAIRE: ARAMARK STANDS: 40 CARTS: 70
* RESTAURANT: STADIUM CLUB: -- Located on ground floor. Serves as private club for football games. Leased for trade shows, luncheons, meetings, etc. Dining room and bar, 14,540 sq. ft. Capacity is 2,000.
* PRESS BOX: On 50-yard line, upper press box has 300 working stations. Adjoining lounge and dining room seats 125. Lower level has 16 individual booths for TV and radio broadcasters, cameras, coaches, scoreboard operator, public address announcer, etc.
* FIELD LIGHTING: 576 metal halide lamps, 1,500 watts
Vertical Illumination -- 185 footcandles on end zone, 400 on midfield
Horizontal Illumination -- 150 footcandles on end zone, 50 on midfield
* VIDEO BOARDS: Two Sony Jumbotron color video scoreboards in each endzone of the Stadium. The scoreboards measure 32 x 24 feet and are supported by two Daktronics Matrix black and white scoreboards plus four auxiliary scoreboards.
* PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEM: The system has over 27,000 audio watts. There are 2,100 speakers in the entire system fed by more than 47 miles of cable.
* RESTROOMS: Men -- 35; Women -- 35
* TICKET WINDOWS: 50
* TURNSTILES: 80
* PAST TENANTS: Cosmos, North American Soccer League, 1977-1984
New Jersey Generals, United States Football League, 1983-1985
New York/New Jersey Knights, World League of American Football, 1991-1992
* ATTENDANCE RECORD: 82,948 -- Oct. 5, 1995; Pope John Paul II celebrates mass at Giants Stadium.
Giants Stadium - Meadowlands Sports Complex
Giants Stadium (77,716 capacity) is recognized as one of the premier
venues in the country and it, along with Continental Airlines Arena and Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J., comprise the Meadowlands Sports Complex. Each year, over seven million patrons enjoy more than 800 events at the Meadowlands, making it one of the most successful sports and entertainment complexes in the world.
Both the New York Giants and the New York Jets of the National Football
League play at Giants Stadium, making it the only stadium in the country to house two NFL teams. The Giants have sold out every game they have played at Giants Stadium. A third franchise -- the New York/New Jersey MetroStars of Major League Soccer played their inaugural season in 1996.
The Cosmos of the North American Soccer League, the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League, and the New York/New Jersey Knights of the World League of American Football have also called Giants Stadium home.
Giants Stadium hosted seven soccer games including a semifinal for World Cup 1994. The Stadium was the only venue of nine sites utilized to sell out all of
its games and to realize a seven-figure profit ($1.8 million).
Giants Stadium is the home of the Kickoff Classic, the traditional
first game of the college football season, and the Whitney Young Memorial Classic featuring Grambling State University. The Stadium has hosted three Army-Navy football classics (1989, 1993, 1997) and many Rutgers University games.
Giants Stadium is a leading concert facility attracting top musical acts including Bruce Springsteen, U2, Genesis, Billy Joel, the Rolling Stones and the
Grateful Dead. In 1994, Giants Stadium had a record-breaking concert summer. The Stadium held 15 sold-out concerts, attracting 836,631 fans and $37,513,931 in gross ticket sales -- all industry records.
On October 5, 1995, Pope John Paul II celebrated mass at Giants Stadium before a record crowd of 82,948. Giants Stadium also served as the site for closing
ceremonies of the Statue of Liberty centennial celebration in 1986.
The 800 events held annually at the Complex generate some $950 million
in economic activity in the region, support tens of thousands of jobs, and provide tens of millions of dollars of direct revenue to the state.
The Complexs three facilities were constructed on a 750-acre site at a cost of $450 million. The project was financed entirely by money raised through the sale of bonds issued by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA). No taxpayer money was used in the construction of the facility.
The NJSEA was created by the New Jersey legislature in 1971 and is the
governing body which oversees the operations of Continental Airlines Arena, Giants Stadium, Meadowlands Racetrack and Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, N.J. At the states bequest, it constructed the State Aquarium at Camden, N.J., and is building the Atlantic City Convention Center. The Authority also oversaw a $29 million project to renovate and expand Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway, N.J.
Grass at the Meadowlands!
September 30, 1999
Copyright 1999 MediaVentures
Football will be played on grass next year at the Meadowlands. The New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority along with the Jets and Giants have agreed to replace the artificial turf with real grass for the 2000 season. The grass will be installed in trays and maintained by an underground maintenance system. The $3 million change at Giants Stadium is expected to especially please the MLS MetroStars who prefer natural grass. The Authority will pay the estimated $500,000 in annual maintenance. The parties are still negotiating who will pay the cost of installation.
THE ULTIMATE SPORTS ROAD TRIP
By: Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell
January 6, 2002 - Giants Stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands complex is a typical 70s football stadium, and now serves as the home of the Giants, Jets, and the MLS Metrostars. Getting to the stadium is easy, as the complex is served by numerous expressways and the traffic pattern is somewhat easy to navigate. Parking is abundant and tailgating is evident everywhere, except that the Meadowlands is pretty much built in the middle of a swamp so the ambience of this venue is not the greatest.
|Giants Stadium Ranking by USRT|
|Fan Support|| 7|
|Concourses/Fan Comfort|| 6|
|Bonus: Tailgate Scene|| 2|
|Bonus: Michael Strahan Sack Show|| 1|
|Total Score|| 44.5|
The stadium operators do their best to transform this venue from the Giants to the Jets by changing the astroturf color in the endzone, wall padding, etc. But make no mistake - the seats are done in Giants blue and red and this is the home of the New Yotk Giants, making the Jets the second tenant. Nevertheless the Jets pretty much sell out all their games, and on this day it was no different. The Giants also sell out all their games, in fact, they are sold out on a season ticket basis, but once their team is out of contention, the fans pretty much stay home, and this was evident on this day as roughly 15-20,000 empty seats greeted the teams when they took the field.
Inside Giants Stadium
Tight, tight concourses with concession stands and vending carts obstructing everything. Navigating this building can be a chore. The only thing high tech about this stadium are streaming sports tickers at several points in the concourses. New jumbotrons recently installed in each end zone provide superior clarity and viewing.
One of the notable things in each corner of the stadium just inside the entrance is a changable mural hanging high above the alcove. This mural depicts Jets players and can change to show Giants players depending who is on the field that day.
There are indoor skyboxes located high above the seating bowl on one side of the stadium, and they are served by their own private entrance and elevator. Interestingly, the 200 level is well configured to be a premium club level, but no amenities exist to make this a true club such as those that exist in peer facilities.
Ample points of sale, and the local specialty "knishes", stand out among the usual ballpark dreck. In each corner one can find specialty stands featuring italian sausages and cheese steaks.
Weeb Ewbank and Joe Namath have their names proudly displayed along the field level wall. These banners disappear when the building is converted for Giants use. The Giants have a long and storied history, with many notables enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Darned if you'd know that from looking around this place, since there are no retired numbers, ring of fame, memorabilia etc. to commemorate the great players and accomplishments.
Touchdowns, Extra Points, Fumbles
Touchdown - For Jets games, the signature chant here is "J-E-T-S! Jets! Jets! Jets!" A fan in the end zone first row gets it started and they even show him on the video board. Kinda cool!
Extra Point - For the Jets game we sat in the upper deck kind of high, and we were "entertained" by a girl who danced topless pretty much the whole second half. Of course, the louts sitting around here egged her on to do more. No security. No ushers. Not a place to bring the kids!
Fumble - Jets fans - These fans are a%#holes, and we are being kind. We wore Bills colors, and were stopped on a couple occasions in the corridors by Jets fans spewing profanities. We could never imagine behaving like that to visitors who come to Buffalo to cheer for their teams. Thanks for all the LOVE, New York!
Touchdown (or should we say, SACK) - On our second visit, we got to witness Giants DE Michael Strahan set the all time season sack record when he "nailed" Brett Favre in the closing minutes of the game. Add the thousands who left early among those who never showed, and believe us when we say the stadium was 2/3 empty when this all happened.
Extra Point - Restrooms here aren't labeled "Men and Women", but rather "Gentlemen and Ladies". And of course, all New York fans are real "gentlemen", RIGHT?
Fumble - With the turn of the New Year, the karma of the Ultimate Sports Road Trip came to an end as the Packers took an early lead and never looked back, upending the Giants by a 34-25 score, thus ending the home team streak at 14 games.
All this wealth, all the corporations, when is New York gonna build themselves a state of the art stadium?! This place is "OK", but nothing, and we mean NOTHING, special to write home about. We squeeze out a 3 star rating here, but that is really being a tad generous. If you are looking for a great NFL experience, we would recommend other venues. Heck, a Jets game at Shea or a Giants game at Yankee Stadium would probably be a cooler football experience!
February 4, 2010
Copyright 2009 MediaVentures
Demolition work has begun on Giants Stadium. The New Meadowlands Stadium will debut in May.
MEADOWLANDS GENERATED $600 MILLION FOR STATE
April 29, 2010
Copyright 2010 MediaVentures
East Rutherford, N.J. - The Meadowlands Sports Complex has produced nearly $600 million in
revenues for the state's general treasury and for East Rutherford since the complex opened in 1976, according to figures provided to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.
The results of the analysis - which factors in sales and income tax generated from events, tickets, concessions and employment - was announced after a state Senate hearing revealed that the sports authority has outstanding debt of $830 million, with nearly a billion dollars committed to being repaid by taxpayers until 2025, when the last bonds are retired.
About $287 million of the $830 million in debt is allocated to the sports complex, but another $348 million of the debt results from construction of the Atlantic City Convention Center and the renovation of historic Boardwalk Hall. Nearly $100 million more in debt comes from building the Wildwood Convention Center and from athletic facility upgrades at Rutgers and Seton Hall universities.
The state bought Monmouth Park in 1985 for $43 million, with the sports authority then managing it. The analysis found that the racetrack has generated $64 million in state tax revenues during the past 25 years.
The 2009 total of tax receipts generated from the sports complex and from Monmouth Park generated an estimated $31 million in tax receipts last year, according to the report.
Carl Goldberg, the sports authority chairman, said the just-opened new Meadowlands football stadium "will dramatically increase" that number. The Giants and Jets are selling thousands of premium club seats that cost as much as $700 per game - all taxable - about a seven-fold increase from Giants Stadium. And six-figure luxury suites at Giants Stadium also will be superseded by nearly seven-figure suites at the new facility - and an expected significant increase in taxable concessions.
But because the teams paid to build the new stadium, they also will now keep the operating income - which will lead to almost a $15 million annual decline in the sports authority's bottom line. The agency recently submitted a revised budget to the state Treasury that erases a $31 million total deficit by asking the state to allow the sports authority to retain half of the estimated $62 million in tax revenues generated by the new stadium.
February 17, 2011
Copyright 2011 MediaVentures
An appeals court has ruled that a lawsuit can proceed against the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority over an escalator accident at the former Giants Stadium, according to the Newark Star Ledger. Thomas DiBartolomeo sued the sports authority and the Schindler Elevator Company, which maintained the escalator. A judge dismissed both lawsuits, but the appellate ruling revives the suit against the sports authority. The accident occurred on Oct. 1, 2006, after a New York Jets game against Indianapolis. The suit describes how the escalator sent fans tumbling down on top of each other. It also claims a Schindler mechanic had previously expressed concerns to the NJSEA about overloading.