When the American Football League began play in 1960, the franchise located in the largest city in the nation was the New York Titans. A few years later, after steep financial problems and a change in ownership, the team was renamed the New York Jets. They had a rough time during their early time in the league, but at the end of the decade they pulled off one of football’s biggest upsets in a shocking Super Bowl victory. They have had a wide variety of successful and unsuccessful seasons since then and a lot of great players and coaches have worn the green and white of the franchise too. Here is a look at the four stadiums that the New York Jets franchise has called home.
Polo Grounds: 1960-1963
The Polo Grounds were demolished in the mid 1960s, but the Jets franchise called it their first home field during the early days of the team, including when they were known as the New York Titans. Though the Jets would play there just a few seasons, they would also play in the last sporting event ever held there, a football game they lost to the Buffalo Bills 19-10 in 1963.
Shea Stadium: 1964-1983
The Jets followed the Mets to Shea Stadium in 1964 and it became the team’s home field during one of the more successful eras in team history, an era in which the Jets won Super Bowl III just as Broadway Joe Namath had predicted. Throughout the 1970s and into the early 1980s the Jets would play their games there too, eventually deciding to leave this baseball and football combination stadium for a football only option.
Giants Stadium: 1984-2010
In 1984, the Jets moved across the river into New Jersey and joined the New York Giants in Giants Stadium. This created an odd situation where two teams in the same league would share a stadium. The Jets have spent more years in Giants Stadium than they have in any other stadium in their history. The stadium had been built in 1976 and both teams would play there through the 2010 season.
New Meadowlands Stadium: 2010-Present
When New Meadlowlands Stadium opened in 2010, it was regarded as one of the nicest stadiums in all of pro football. Like Giants Stadium, this facility also was home to both the Giants and Jets. It is a state of the art facility that has a number of high tech ways, including easy changing of the colored lights inside the stadium, to easily convert from a Jets home game to a Giants home game. Both teams are sure to call this place home for a number of years.