Opening first as New Meadowlands Stadium, MetLife Stadium is the home stadium of the New York Giants and New York Jets, as well as being a venue for large concerts. Situated in East Rutherford, NJ., the stadium is only 10 miles from Manhattan. At $1.6 billion Metlife stadium is the most expensive NFL stadium ever built, narrowing out Dallas’s Cowboys stadium. In a matter of hours, the Metlife Stadium can be converted from a Jets game to a Giants game and back again. The 50-yard line seats are the shortest from the field in any NFL stadium with only 46 feet between seats and the sideline. The seating capacity is large as the second largest stadium in the NFL with the ability to seat over 80,000 people. This includes 218 luxury suites and 10,005 club seats.
Sports at Metlife Stadium
The New York Giants and the New York Jets are the big draws in New Jersey and New York having played their homes games at the Metlife Stadium since 2010. MetLife hosted the Super Bowl XLVIII, becoming the first non-domed cold-weather stadium to ever host the championship game. The game was between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos in 2014, where the Seahawks won 43-8. Last year, the Copa America Soccer final was hosted in the Metlife stadium for the first time outside of South America. The NCAA Lacrosse Big City Classic has been held at the stadium since 2010 and MetLife also hosted the WWE’s Wrestlemania XXIX in 2013.
Concerts at Metlife Stadium
The first concert ever played at MetLife was hometown act Bon Jovi and since then has become a great venue for the biggest tours. Some of the artists and bands that have played at the Metlife Stadium include Kenny Chesney, Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Coldplay.
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What’s the best way to get to the Metlife Stadium?
There are many options on ways to get to the stadium. The NJ transit rail service has a rail system that quickly gets you to the stadium from the Frank R. Lautenberg train station. Fans coming from New York and Connecticut can take the Metro-North trains to the Secaucus Junction and then use the NJ rail service for easy access to Metlife. Parking permits can also be pre-paid for the park and ride service near the Metlife Stadium.
Does my child need a ticket?
For New York Jets games and non-NFL events, children up to 34" inches in height are allowed to enter the Metlife Stadium for free but will need to share a seat. For New York Giants games, all guests must have a ticket to enter.