High Point Solutions Stadium – Rutgers Scarlet Knights
The Birthplace of College Football
On November 6, 1869, what many consider the first game of intercollegiate football was played on the campus of then named Rutgers College in front of a reported 100 fans against the College of New Jersey, now recognized worldwide as Princeton University. Rutgers won that first contest by a score of 6-4 and finished the season with a 1-1 mark having lost the following week 8-0 to the same opponent.
The spark that was lit in front of those curious fans 150 years ago has become a full-blown inferno today, with several stadiums around the country constructed to hold 1,000 times what gathered that fall day on the banks of the Raritan, and it has become the most attended sport in America.
Originally constructed in 1994, High Point Solutions Stadium, however, is not one of the several aforementioned as it holds just 53,000 + following an expansion in 2009.
Food and Beverage 3
The options at High Point Solutions are not many, but you are able to find all the stadium staples here, including hot dogs for $5 (a footlong can be had for $9), nachos ($5), popcorn ($5) and a 24-ounce soft drink ($4). You can now find local favorite Jersey Mike’s subs along the concourse. Also, new to the menu is the Cannon Ball Ice Cream Cone, a waffle cone filled with hot apple pie, vanilla ice cream and topped with chocolate and caramel syrup. There are no alcoholic beverages sold inside the stadium, but plenty can be had outside prior to entering.
The Scarlet Knights have not had that much success on the gridiron, save for a few seasons under the direction of former coach Greg Schiano, during which time they managed to win five consecutive bowl games, so the atmosphere could obviously be better. Joining the Big Ten Conference should liven the joint up a bit as there will be plenty of quality opponents visiting High Point Solutions Stadium moving forward. Rutgers seems to have taken a page out of the minor league baseball manual on how to create a family friendly atmosphere as there are now face painters, magicians and jugglers on hand to entertain your little football fans in the Scarlet Knights Fun Zone located on the southeast concourse. In addition, there are always special merchandising options and other fun promotions for families to enjoy during breaks in the game action which make it a fun atmosphere on game day for everyone.
The campus is located in Piscataway, New Jersey, a small city with approximately 25,000 residents. With several decent sports bars, however, the pre and post game action is to be found across the river in New Brunswick, New Jersey, a city twice the size and only a 15 minute car ride away. Hub City Brewhouse, Mike’s Courtside Bar & Grill and of course Hooters are just to name a few of your options to enjoy prior to, or following the game.
There a few lots outside of High Point Solutions Stadium to set up your tailgates but they can be quite costly. Your best option is to cruise around the surrounding neighborhoods where there is plenty of tailgating parties to be found in the university’s neighbor’s backyards at approximately $20 per vehicle. Most are within a 15-minute walk to the gates and by committing to this option you are also guaranteeing yourself a quicker exit as well following the final whistle.
To steal a quote…”No matter what the situation, winning takes care of a lot of stuff. Things are never perfect, even when you win. But it does make for a lot better environment, that’s for sure.” Well, that is surely the case at High Point Solutions Stadium. Rutgers advertises itself as “the state university of New Jersey.” Well, without another major university’s football program to contend with, and New Jersey ranking as the 11th most populated state in America, you’d think they’d be able to fill a 53,000 stadium. Guess again. Losing has seemingly taken its toll on the program’s supporters and the average fan is not willing to invest their time nor money. I will give credit where credit is due, however. The folks that do come out donned in their scarlet and white are loyal, knowledgeable fans and would seemingly give anything to see their beloved Knights return to the glory days of 2006 when they went 11-2.
This is the Northeast Corridor and Rutgers’ proximity to New York City does not make traveling to and from campus very easy. NJ Transit is the best way to get to High Point Solutions Stadium should it be an option for you. Take the Northeast Corridor train to the New Brunswick Station and board a free shuttle (in front of the Rutgers Bookstore across from the station) to the stadium. If taking public transportation is not an option, it is actually not as bad as one would imagine with a trip up or down the New Jersey Turnpike.
Return on Investment 5
Rutgers incorporated a dynamic pricing model which is flexible pricing for tickets based on current market demands and remaining open inventory. In a nutshell, you will pay more for games versus power Big Ten foes like Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan than you will for a game against Eastern Michigan or Morgan State. The face value for a late September match-up against national power Ohio State had a face value of $90, but could be had for $82 on the school’s stadium site. Tickets to see lesser Big Ten foes Purdue and Michigan State could be purchased for $20, so ticket prices are very easy on the wallet. That coupled with very reasonable concession pricing and off site parking make the return on investment very high
The fact that this is the birthplace of college football makes Rutgers’ history very interesting and noteworthy. However, I feel that administration does not do a very good job of making this known. This is something special and worth celebrating and being showcased.
Unfortunately, there is nothing else to note here except that an actual cannon may scare the crap out of you when the home team scores because you are not used to the Scarlet Knights scoring a lot and launches quite unexpected to a first-time visitor.
A day out at High Point Solutions Stadium is one of exceptional value and pleasure. As a fan, it is very nice to be able to go out and see some Power 5 conference football at a very reasonable price. It would be great to see the Rutgers program rebound and get back to somewhat national prominence and when they do I will surely be making the trip back to Piscataway.
Did you enjoy this content? Help support our work by becoming a supporter of Stadium Journey on Patreon. Supporter levels begin at just $2/month.
Hyatt Regency New Brunswick
2 Albany St
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Latest Crowd Reviews
Rutgers may not have the greatest team year in and year out, but their fans are certainly some of the best. High Point Solutions Stadium has a great atmosphere and the fans make the stadium loud and crazy on Saturdays during college football season. If you are in the area, I would definitely recommend a trip to the Birthplace of College Football.