26 Fun Facts About Giants Stadium

Giants Stadium was opened in 1976 as the new home field for the New York Giants. It was an odd move, many thought, having a New York football team play their home games across the river in what was in fact the State of New Jersey, but it paid off well. The stadium was well liked by fans and players and would eventually see the New York Jets leave Shea Stadium and join the Giants there as tenants in 1984. Both teams would go on to play their games there through the 2009 season. Upon the completion of New Meadowlands Stadium, the Giants and Jets would have no more use for old Giants Stadium.

Here is a look at some interesting and fun facts surrounding Giants Stadium.

    -The stadium hosted multiple New York franchises, but was located in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

    -The stadium was owned and operated by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.

    -From 1976 to 1999, the field surface was Astroturf, it then went to natural grass for three years from 2000 to 2002, before finally switching to FieldTurf for the 2003 through 2009 seasons.

    -It took from February to August of 2010 to complete the demolition of Giants Stadium.

    -Today, where Giants Stadium once stood is a parking lot for fans going to events at New Meadowlands Stadium.

    -When built, the final price tag for the construction of Giants Stadium was 78 million dollars.

    -Football teams that have spent all or part of at least one season using Giants Stadium as their home field included the New York Giants and New York Jets of the NFL, New Jersey Generals of the USFL, New York/New Jersey Knights of the World League of American Football, New York/New Jersey Hitmen of the XFL, and the New York Sentinels of the UFL.

    -From 1978 to 1981, the Garden State Bowl college football game was held in Giants Stadium.

    -In 1993, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights played in Giants Stadium.

    -In 2005, a third NFL team played a home game in Giants Stadium. Due to being displaced by Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Saints were the home team in a game against the Giants that was relocated there. The stadium was decked out in Saints colors and the end zone sported the Saints logo.

    -The seating capacity of Giants Stadium was 80,242.

    -The first college football game played in Giants Stadium saw Rutgers beat Columbia 47-0 on October 23rd, 1976.

    -On October 10th, 1976 the Dallas Cowboys won the first NFL game played in Giants Stadium by defeating the Giants.

    -Syracuse played two home games at Giants Stadium in 1979 while the Carrier Dome was being built.

    -From 1983 to 2002, the stadium was home to college football’s Kickoff Classic.

    -Three different times the Army-Navy Game was played at Giants Stadium.

    -In 1996, Temple University played a home game there due to a scheduling conflict at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium.

    -1997 saw Princeton use Giants Stadium as a home field for one game due to the construction of their own stadium.

    -From 1977 to 1985, Giants Stadium was home to the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League.

    -The stadium was home to seven games of the 1994 FIFA World Cup that was hosted by the United States of America.

    -In 1995, Pope John Paul II celebrated mass at Giants Stadium, setting the attendance record at the time with 82,948 people attending. That record was broken in 2009 when 84,472 people attended a U2 concert.

    -When the New York Jets played the Miami Dolphins on September 14th, 2003 it was the 366th regular season NFL game played at Giants Stadium. This broke the record for the most NFL games hosted by one stadium that had been held by Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

    -On October 1st, 1977 in Giants Stadium, soccer legend Pele played his last game. It was an exhibition game between the New York Cosmos and Team Santos from Brazil. Pele played the first half of the game with his pro team, the Cosmos, and the second half with his old team from Brazil.

    -In 1984, the New York Jets lost the first game they ever played at Giants Stadium as a home team 23-17 to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    -In their final games ever in Giants Stadium in 2009, the Giants would lose 41-9 to the Carolina Panthers and the Jets would beat the Cincinnati Bengals 37-0.

    -The final concert held in New Jersey’s Giants Stadium was appropriately given by Bruce Springsteen.

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