MetLife Stadium – New York Jets

by | Sep 4, 2018 | Lloyd Brown, NFL | 0 comments

Fanfare Score

Total Score
4

Crowd Score

Total Score
3.5

 

 

J – E- T- S, Jets, Jets, Jets !!!

MetLife Stadium has been the home of the New York Jets since its opening in 2010. The Jets share the 82,500-seat facility with the New York Giants, with the two teams playing their home games on an alternating basis. Each team has its own locker room in the stadium. The stadium has more than 200 suites.

The Jets play in the very tough AFC East Division and have a fierce rivalry with the New England Patriots. Over the years the team has appeared in the NFL playoffs 13 times and in the AFC Championship game four times. Its lone Super Bowl win was in Super Bowl III, when Joe Namath led the team to an upset win over the heavily favored Baltimore Colts.

Food & Beverage 4

MetLife Stadium offers the usual stadium fare through concession stands such as Bubba Burges, Frank’s, and the BBQ Shack. It offers more regional specialties at the Deli (hoagies, turkey wraps and pastrami and corned beef sandwiches), the Boardwalk Fryer (fried clams, chicken tenders), Wingman NYC (buffalo wings), and Momma Fusco’s Kitchen (meatball sandwiches, Italian roast pork sandwiches and an antipasti bar). MetLife sells Pepsi brand sodas and bottled water as far as non-alcoholic drinks.

Alcoholic beverages are available at Beers of the World, Bow Street Irish Whiskey Bar or the Craft Beer Zones located throughout the stadium.

Atmosphere 5

The Big Apple’s experience in putting on a show is very evident at Jets games. The pre-game show is filled with pyrotechnics, video productions on one of the four LED screens placed in each corner of the stadium. You can also expect the National Anthem to be sung by a Broadway star or a member of the Metropolitan Opera. The Jets call to battle is an air raid siren sounded by a former Jets player and honored military veteran or first responder or a local celebrity.

MetLife Stadium is awash in the green colors of the Jets, including the ribbon boards, the video screens and even the external lighting of the stadium. The conversion of the stadium to a Jets theme after a Giants game takes approximately 18 hours. This involves changing out the end zones markings, converting the lighting and signage to the green colors of the Jets and conversion of the merchandise mix in all team stores. The NFL Shield logo appears at the 50-yard line throughout the season.

Neighborhood 3

The immediate neighborhood surrounding the stadium includes the Izod Center and the Meadowlands Entertainment and Racing Complex. Most of the area surrounding the stadium is industrial in nature and pedestrian access from areas surrounding the stadium is not the greatest. We suggest you travel via one of the many train options to the stadium. Once on -site the tailgating atmosphere is quite active if you are lucky enough to have a parking pass. A second option is to patronize Redd’s, a sports bar and restaurant just a few blocks from the stadium. They provide a tailgating package as well as round trip shuttle service between the bar and the stadium for $10. The Hampton Inn Meadowlands is the closest lodging option to the stadium.

Obviously, Times Square, Broadway and the many tourist attractions of New York City are just a train ride away for your pre or post game enjoyment.

Fans 4

When you talk about fans in the New York area, there is a definite team loyalty factor.  Just as Mets and Yankee fans are highly competitive… so are the Giants and Jets fans. The Jets fans tend to be more blue collar than their Giant brethren. They are also known to be more vocal when the referees make a questionable call or when the team sticks with a QB who is not getting the job done. This is not to say they are mean or unfriendly… they just have high expectations of their team.

A main gathering point for Jets fans prior to the game is MetLife Central, which is just inside the MetLife Gate of the stadium. This area is almost like a carnival midway, as it offers games of skill, photo booths, miniature versions of a football field for the kids to play on and opportunities to collect autographs from Giant greats. There are also performances by the Jets cheerleaders prior to each game. Most of the food concessions will also have a branch of their booth in this area.

Access 4

Most residents of the Metropolitan area of New York City utilize public transit on a daily basis. Getting to MetLife Stadium on Sundays is no different. The stadium offers bus and rail service to its own transit station via New Jersey Transit. The station serves residents from throughout the greater New York area. The average cost of a roundtrip is $11 per person, USA Coach offers shuttle service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal to MetLife Stadium for $12 roundtrip. The stadium is accessible by car via exit 16 West from the New Jersey Turnpike or via NJ3 or NJ120. There are 28,000 parking spaces at MetLife Stadium, with a majority reserved for season ticket holders. The parking fee for an individual game is a very steep $50.

Return on Investment 4

The Jets have a very wide range of ticket prices, with the cheapest tickets costing $28 and the highest selling at over $700. Parking at MetLife Stadium costs $50. Most fans arrive via one of the many public transit options that directly serve the stadium. New Jersey Transit offers rail and bus service at a cost of $11 roundtrip. USA Coach runs shuttle busses from the Port Authority Bus Terminal to MetLife Stadium for $12 roundtrip. In addition, Redd’s sports bar offers shuttle service from their nearby location for $10 roundtrip.

Extras 4

The 50-yard line seats are only 46 feet from the sidelines. This is the closest for any stadium in the NFL.

Super Bowl XLVIII was held at MetLife Stadium in 2014. This marked the first time the game had been held in an outdoor cold weather climate stadium in the history of the championship game.

Among the events that have been held at MetLife Stadium are Wrestlemania XXVIIII, which drew 80,700 fans and concerts by Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Paul McCartney.

The MetLife Stadium rail station provides an easy point of entry to visit the many attractions in the New York City area.

Final Thoughts

A visit to MetLife Stadium for a Jets game is a great way to close out a vacation to the Big Apple. The stadium offers easy access from any point in the greater New York City area and a Jets game is guaranteed to provide great entertainment, good food and a chance to rub elbows with some true New Yorkers.

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Food and Drink Recommendations

Redd’s

317 Washington Ave

Carlstadt, NJ 07072

(201) 933-0015

http://www.reddsrestaurant.com/


Plank Road Inn

1538 Paterson Plank Rd

Secaucus, NJ 07094

(201) 865-9516

http://www.plankroadinn.com/


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Entertainment Recommendations

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment

1 Racetrack Dr
East Rutherford, NJ 07073

(201) 843-2446

http://playmeadowlands.com/


Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

12th Avenue & 46th StreetPier 86
New York City, NY 10036

(212) 245-0072

https://www.intrepidmuseum.org/


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Lodging Recommendations

 

Extended Stay America Meadowlands – East Rutherford

300 NJ-3

East Rutherford, NJ 07073

(201) 939-8866

https://www.extendedstayamerica.com/hotels/nj/meadowlands/east-rutherford


 

Hampton Inn Carlstadt

304 Paterson Plank Rd

Carlstadt, NJ 07072

(201) 935-9000

http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-jersey/hampton-inn-carlstadt-at-the-meadowlands-CLDNJHX/index.html


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Crowd Reviews

Latest Crowd Reviews

Date: 2018-09-04 09:45:59
By: Legacy Review

Total Score
4.14

Decent, but not exciting.

Date: 2018-02-08 13:42:22
By: Marc Viquez

Total Score
2.86

Vapid, sterile, overpriced, and lack of team history dooms this place compare to other NFL venues that have opened up in recent memory.

Stadium Info

MetLife Stadium
1 Metlife Stadium Dr
East Rutherford, NJ 07073

New York Jets website
MetLife Stadium website

Year Opened: 2010
Capacity: 82,500

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