Aerial view of MetLife Stadium in 2014
|Former names||New Meadowlands Stadium (2010-2011)|
|Address||1 MetLife Stadium Drive|
|Location||East Rutherford, New Jersey|
|Public transit||Meadowlands Station: Coach USA: 351|
|Owner||MetLife Stadium Company, LLC|
(New York Giants 50%/New York Jets 50%)
|Surface||Act Global Speed S5|
|Broke ground||September 5, 2007|
|Opened||April 10, 2010|
|Construction cost||$1.6 billion|
($1.84 billion in 2018 dollars)
Bruce Mau Design, Inc.
|Project manager||Hammes Company Sports Development|
|Structural engineer||Thornton Tomasetti|
|General contractor||Skanska AB|
|Main contractors||Structal-Heavy Steel Construction, a division of Canam Group|
|New York Giants (NFL) (2010-present)|
New York Jets (NFL) (2010-present)
New York (XFL) (2020-beyond)
MetLife Stadium is an American sports stadium located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, 8 miles (13 km) outside of New York City. 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 at the time that it opened.
MetLife Stadium is currently the only NFL stadium shared by two clubs. In 2020, it will be joined by Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California which will be home to the Rams and Chargers. Los Angeles' Staples Center, which is home to 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. Additionally, it is the fourth building in the New York metropolitan area to be home to multiple teams from the same sports league, after the Polo Grounds, which was home to the baseball Giants and Yankees from 1903 to 1922, and Shea Stadium, which housed both the Yankees and Mets during the 1974 and 1975 seasons. It has hosted WWE's flagship pay-per-view WrestleMania twice, the first being WrestleMania 29 in April 2013, and the other being WrestleMania 35 in April 2019.
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 tenants at the stadium, 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 mostly due to a vicious smear campaign orchestrated by Cablevision who feared the new venue would take business away from Madison Square Garden.The Jets then entered into a joint venture with the Giants to build a new stadium in which the two teams would be equal partners.
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.
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. 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 reconfigured for the Giants or Jets within a matter of hours. 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 Act Global UBU Speed Series which make up the teams' respective endzones. 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.
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. Thus, indoor events such as the Final Four cannot be held at the facility, which runs counter to the original aims for a new arena in northern New Jersey.
Ten 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.
The new stadium seating bowl is laid out similar to that of Giants Stadium and has seating for 82,500 people, including 10,005 club seats and approximately 218 luxury suites, making it the largest NFL stadium in terms of total seating. The seating bowl is also raked in a way that eliminates overhangs from the upper decks that would impede views and allows fans to see the full arc of a 90-foot punt.
|Lower bowl||Mid-bowl||Upper bowl|
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.
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.
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 two teams may opt out of the lease after giving the state 12 months notice. The first such opportunity to opt out will occur in 2025 with a notice date of 2024. There will then be an opportunity to opt out in 2030, 2035, 2040, etc... 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).
Allianz, a financial services and insurance company based in Munich, Germany, expressed interest in purchasing naming rights to the stadium. The proposal was for a period of up to 30 years, and was estimated to be valued at between $20 million and US$30 million. 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. 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.
On June 27, 2011, it was reported that New York City-based insurance company MetLife entered discussions to purchase naming rights to the stadium. The new name, MetLife Stadium, became official when all parties signed a 25-year deal on August 23.
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.
Coach USA provides the 351 Meadowlands Express Bus service between MetLife Stadium and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.New Jersey Transit provides the 353 Bus service for select events between MetLife Stadium and Secaucus Junction.
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.
In 2009, MetLife Stadium was named the "Greenest Stadium" in the NFL by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
In July 2017, MetLife Stadium was named "Venue of the Year" by the Stadium Business Summit. The award is awarded to the world's best stadium, arena or sports venue, that deserves recognition for an outstanding performance over a 12-month period.
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.
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. Normally, Super Bowls must be held in indoor climate-controlled stadiums if they are held in a city with an average temperature lower than 50 °F (10 °C). However, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell waived this requirement and allowed MetLife Stadium 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".
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.
WrestleMania XXIX garnered 1,048,000 PPV buys, 205,000 fewer than the previous year's event. The event set a new record for the highest grossing live event in WWE history, grossing $72 million.
On April 7, 2019, WWE's 35th annual flagship event, WrestleMania 35, returned to MetLife Stadium. The main event was a Triple Threat Winner Takes All match between Raw Women's Champion Ronda Rousey, SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair and Royal Rumble Winner Becky Lynch. Lynch won the match by pinning Rousey and thus becoming the first woman to hold both titles at the same time. The event also witnesses the last match of Kurt Angle's career, where he was defeated by Baron Corbin. Also, Universal Champion Brock Lesnar lost his title to Seth Rollins, and Kofi Kingston won his first WWE Championship by defeating Daniel Bryan. The event registered a MetLife Stadium record attendance of 82,265 which put it ahead of SummerSlam 1992 (80,355) and WrestleMania 29 (80,676) and in third place behind WrestleMania III (93,173) and WrestleMania 32 (101,763) on the WWE attendance records.
MetLife Stadium is also designed for football (soccer). To prepare for a match, the stadium uses retractable seating in the field level corners to fit a FIFA-sanctioned soccer field. Along with being noted for providing exceptional sight-lines, this has allowed the stadium to host several major international Football (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. 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. 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 November 15, 2013, Argentina and Ecuador played an international friendly to a 0-0 draw.
On September 9, 2014, the stadium hosted an international friendly between Brazil and Ecuador with Brazil victorious 1-0.
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.
MetLife Stadium hosted two matches as part of the 2018 International Champions Cup. The first match on July 25, 2018 between Manchester City F.C. and Liverpool F.C., with it ending 2-1 in favor of Liverpool, and the second match on August 7, 2018 between Real Madrid C.F. and A.S. Roma, also ending in a 2-1 victory for Real Madrid.
On September 7, 2018, the stadium hosted the United States and Brazil in an international friendly match as part of U.S. Soccer's "Kickoff Series", which Brazil won by a score of 2-0 with goals from Roberto Firmino and Neymar. On September 11, 2018, it hosted an International Friendly between Colombia and Argentina.
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.
Before Monster Jam started events at MetLife, the Meadowlands Arena was previously used for the events.
The first Monster Jam event at MetLife Stadium was on June 16, 2012. It has since returned every year on June 15, 2013, June 14, 2014, June 13, 2015, April 23, 2016, June 17, 2017, May 12, 2018, and June 8, 2019.
The stadium was going to host its first ever Monster Jam World Finals, World Finals 20. It was announced that the event would leave Las Vegas's Sam Boyd Stadium and begin a rotational schedule, starting with MetLife Stadium. The rotational schedule would also be moving the event from when it is usually hosted in late March, instead to May. An announcement on March 20, 2018, later confirmed that the date and venue would be changing, as per a schedule change.
|Date||Main act(s)||Opening act(s) / Guest(s)||Tour / Concert name||Tickets sold / available||Gross revenue||Notes|
|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|
|June 10, 2010||Eagles||Dixie Chicks
|Long Road Out of Eden Tour||31,482 / 33,564 (94%)||$3,390,308|
|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|
|July 20, 2011||U2||Interpol||U2 360° Tour||88,491 / 88,491 (100%)||$8,927,150|
|August 13, 2011||Kenny Chesney
Zac Brown Band
|Goin' Coastal Tour||55,239 / 55,239 (100%)||$5,058,534|
|May 18, 2012||N/A||2012 Electric Daisy Carnival New York||100,000 / 110,000 (91%)||$7,294,307|||
|May 19, 2012||N/A|
|May 20, 2012||N/A|
|June 3, 2012||2012 Summer Jam||42,696 / 42,696 (100%)||$4,597,632|
|August 11, 2012||Kenny Chesney
|Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
|Brothers of the Sun Tour||56,285 / 56,285 (100%)||$5,523,669|
|September 19, 2012||Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band||N/A||Wrecking Ball World Tour||152,290 / 159,000 (95%)||$14,409,760||Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez was the special guest at the first show and Gary U.S. Bonds was the special guest at the second and third shows. The third (and final) show was delayed for two hours due to a strong thunderstorm. The show finally got underway around 10:30 pm, prompting fans to sing "Happy Birthday" to Springsteen at midnight to celebrate his 63rd birthday. At the end of the show, Springsteen was presented with a guitar-shaped birthday cake onstage.|
|September 21, 2012|
|September 22, 2012|
|June 2, 2013||2013 Summer Jam||41,598 / 41,598 (100%)||$3,793,412|||
|July 13, 2013||Taylor Swift||Ed Sheeran
|The Red Tour||52,399 / 52,399 (100%)||$4,670,011||Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy was the special guest.|
|July 25, 2013||Bon Jovi||The J. Geils Band||Because We Can||95,991 / 95,991 (100%)||$9,594,635|
|July 27, 2013|
|August 10, 2013||Kenny Chesney
|Eli Young Band
|No Shoes Nation Tour||53,416 / 53,416 (100%)||$4,849,247|
|July 11, 2014||Beyoncé
|N/A||On the Run Tour||89,165 / 89,165 (100%)||$11,544,187|||
|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
|N/A||The Monster Tour||100,420 / 100,420 (100%)||$12,358,850||Both shows were the 6th highest-grossing box office of the year.|
|August 17, 2014|
|July 10, 2015||Taylor Swift||Vance Joy
|The 1989 World Tour||110,105 / 110,105 (100%)||$13,423,858||The Weeknd; Heidi Klum and United States women's national soccer team; Lily Aldridge, Lena Dunham, Gigi Hadid and Hailee Steinfeld were special guests at the first show.Nick Jonas; Gigi Hadid, Martha Hunt, Lily Aldridge, Candice Swanepoel, Behati Prinsloo, Karlie Kloss, and Uzo Aduba were special guests at the second show.|
|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
|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
|A Head Full of Dreams Tour||100,763 / 100,763 (100%)||$10,749,394|||
|July 17, 2016|
|July 23, 2016||Guns N' Roses||Lenny Kravitz||Not in This Lifetime... Tour||88,637 / 94,506 (93%)||$11,137,615|
|July 24, 2016|
|August 7, 2016||Paul McCartney||N/A||One on One||52,465 / 52,465 (100%)||$7,808,072|
|August 20, 2016||Kenny Chesney||Miranda Lambert
|Spread the Love Tour||56,292 / 56,292 (100%)||$5,736,232|
|August 23, 2016||Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band||N/A||The River Tour 2016||153,930 / 153,930 (100%)||$18,239,039||The first show lasted 3 hours and 52 minutes, at the time his longest show ever in the United States and the third longest show of his career. The second show lasted 3 hours and 59 minutes surpassing the previous show in which Tom Morello was the special guest. The third and final show lasted 4 hours and 1 minute in which Rickie Lee Jones was the special guest.|
|August 25, 2016|
|August 30, 2016|
|October 7, 2016||Beyoncé||DJ Khaled||The Formation World Tour||50,703 / 50,703 (100%)||$6,064,625||This concert was originally scheduled to take place on September 7, 2016, but was rescheduled due to doctor's orders for vocal rest.Serena Williams, Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar were special guests. Beyoncé also added "6 Inch" to the setlist.|
|May 14, 2017||Metallica||Avenged Sevenfold
|WorldWired Tour||46,941 / 49,155 (95%)||$5,955,038|
|June 28, 2017||U2||The Lumineers||The Joshua Tree Tour 2017||110,642 / 110,642 (100%)||$14,568,805|
|June 29, 2017|
|August 1, 2017||Coldplay||AlunaGeorge
|A Head Full of Dreams Tour||54,501 / 54,501 (100%)||$7,861,460|
|June 2, 2018||Luke Bryan||Sam Hunt
|What Makes You Country Tour||N/A||N/A|
|July 20, 2018||Taylor Swift||Camila Cabello
|Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour||165,564 / 165,564 (100%)||$22,031,386||Swift became the first female artist in history to headline and sell out three consecutive shows at the stadium. During the second show, Swift performed "Clean" before the "Long Live" / "New Year's Day" medley. During the third show, Swift performed "So It Goes..." in place of "Dancing with Our Hands Tied".|
|July 21, 2018|
|July 22, 2018|
|August 2, 2018||Beyoncé
|Chloe X Halle and DJ Khaled||On the Run II Tour||99,755 / 99,755 (100%)||$13,886,416||At the beginning of the first show, the entire stadium was evacuated due to a nearby thunderstorm. The show start time was postponed until 11:30pm with the show ending at 1:30am. During the second show, "Nice" was added to the setlist.|
|August 3, 2018|
|August 18, 2018||Kenny Chesney||Thomas Rhett
|Trip Around The Sun Tour||N/A||N/A|
|September 21, 2018||Ed Sheeran||Snow Patrol
|÷ Tour||107,500 / 107,500 (100%)||$11,220,207|
|September 22, 2018|
|May 18, 2019||BTS||N/A||Love Yourself World Tour||98,574/98,574 (100%)||$14,050,410|
|May 19, 2019|
|August 1, 2019||The Rolling Stones||The Wombats||No Filter Tour||N/A||N/A|
|August 5, 2019||Lukas Nelson and the Promise of Real|
The stadium hosted the 12th Siyum HaShas, a celebration of the completion of the Talmud through the -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.
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.
MetLife Stadium, home to the New York Football Giants and New York Jets, is the number one stadium in the world. This 82,500 seat stadium, the second largest in the National Football League behind the LA Memorial Coliseum where the Los Angeles Rams play, sets the standard for venue excellence with state-of-the-art technology, comfort and amenities.
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