Since 1984, the New York Giants and New York Jets had shared Giants Stadium. It had been constructed and opened in the mid 1970s and was a great stadium, but nearing the middle of the 2000s, both teams expressed interest in a new stadium. As a result, New Meadowlands Stadium was opened and both the Giants and Jets proceeded to move in to their new home in time for the 2010 season. It is a state of the art facility and offers great comfort and fun features for the fans who go there to see their favorite teams play.
Here is a look at some fun facts and interesting information about New Meadowlands Stadium.
-When completed, the final bill for the construction of the facility was 1.6 billion dollars.
-Though it is the home field of two New York teams, it is officially located in the city of East Rutherford, New Jersey.
-Ground was broken on the stadium on September 5th, 2007 and it was opened on April 10th, 2010.
-New Meadowlands Stadium will be the site of Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014.
-Giants Stadium was located right next to the new stadium up until demolition of it was completed.
-The first sporting event held in New Meadowlands Stadium was the Big City Classic, which is a lacrosse event.
-The seating capacity of New Meadowlands Stadium is 82,566.
-The original plan was for the stadium to have a roof, but funding problems kept that from happening.
-The stadium will host the 2014 Super Bowl, despite the fact that NFL rules dictate that a stadium hosting an NFL Super Bowl must have at least a 50 degree climate or be an indoor facility. This rule was waived by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
-The first soccer game hosted in the facility had Mexico facing Ecuador in a preparation game for th 2010 FIFA World Cup.
-The first regular season NFL game in the stadium was won by the Giants by a score of 31-18 over the visiting Carolina Panthers.
-The Jets lost their first game in the new stadium 10-9 to the visiting Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football.
-On December 19th, 2010, DeSean Jackson became the first player ever in the NFL to win a game on a punt return for a touchdown as time expired. This happened in a 38-31 come from behind victory by the Philadelphia Eagles over the Giants.
-New Jersey natives Bon Jovi gave the first concert ever held at New Meadowlands Stadium.