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MetLife Stadium
The Meadowlands
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Aerial view of MetLife Stadium in 2014
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MetLife Stadium
Location near New York City
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MetLife Stadium
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MetLife Stadium
Location within the United States
Former namesNew Meadowlands Stadium (2010–2011)
Address1 MetLife Stadium Drive
Location East Rutherford, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°48′48.7″N74°4′27.7″W / 40.813528°N 74.074361°W / 40.813528; -74.074361 Coordinates: 40°48′48.7″N74°4′27.7″W / 40.813528°N 74.074361°W / 40.813528; -74.074361
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Capacity 82,500 [1]
SurfaceAct Global Speed S5 through 2019 [2] FieldTurf installed 2020
Construction
Broke groundSeptember 5, 2007 [3]
OpenedApril 10, 2010 [4]
Construction cost $1.6 billion
($1.9 billion in 2020 dollars [5] )
Architect 360 Architecture
EwingCole
Rockwell Group
Bruce Mau Design, Inc.
Project manager Hammes Company Sports Development
Structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti
General contractor Skanska [6]
Main contractorsStructal–Heavy Steel Construction, a division of Canam Group [7]
Tenants
New York Giants (NFL) (2010–present)
New York Jets (NFL) (2010–present)
New York Guardians (XFL) (2020)

MetLife Stadium is a stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, 5 mi (8 km) west of New York City.

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Opened in 2010 to replace Giants Stadium, the stadium serves as the home for the New York Giants and New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). At an approximate cost of $1.6 billion, it was, at the time of at its completion, the most expensive stadium ever built in America. [8]

MetLife Stadium is one of only two NFL stadiums shared by two clubs. The other, SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California is home to the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. Los Angeles' Staples Center, which is home to the Clippers and the Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA), is the only other facility to currently house two teams from the same sports league in the United States. Additionally, it is the fourth building in the New York metropolitan area to be home to multiple teams from the same sports league, after the Polo Grounds, which was home to the baseball Giants and Yankees from 1913 to 1922, and Shea Stadium, which housed both the Yankees and Mets during the 1974 and 1975 seasons and the Giants and Jets in 1975.

History

As Giants Stadium approached 30 years of age, it was becoming one of the older stadiums in the NFL. The Jets, who had been the tenants to the Giants, were looking to have their own stadium built in Manhattan proper, the proposed West Side Stadium. Originally intended to be the 85,000-seat main stadium for New York's bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics, it was designed to be downsized to 75,000 seats for the Jets. However, the West Side Stadium would have required significant public funding; progress on the project was halted in 2005 due to opposition from a number of sources, including Cablevision. [9] The Jets then entered into a joint venture with the Giants to build a new stadium in which the two New York teams would be equal partners.

Design

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Construction on MetLife Stadium, as seen in 2007 (top) and 2008 (bottom) near Giants Stadium

The architects were tasked with designing a neutral stadium that would still embody the distinct personalities of both franchises. The Giants favored a traditional look of exposed steel framework and rusticated stone while the Jets wanted a sleek and modern look highlighted by metal and glass. With those features in mind the designers used the column/tower dynamic seen in many of Manhattan's skyscrapers as inspiration for the stadium's design. [10]

The base of the stadium's facade is clad in limestone-like stonework while the rest of the stadium is distinguished by an outer skin of aluminum louvers and glass and by interior lighting capable of switching colors, depending on which team is currently playing–blue for the Giants and green for the Jets. [11] This idea originated at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany; which was previously shared between the city's two major soccer clubs, Bayern Munich and 1860 Munich. Unlike Giants Stadium, MetLife Stadium can easily be reconfigured for the Giants or Jets within a matter of hours. [12] The louvers' total linear length is exactly 50,000 meters (50 kilometers) or 163,681 feet (31.1 miles).

Front row 50 yard line seats are 46 feet (14 m) away from the sideline, which is the shortest distance of all NFL stadiums. To change the field decorations, two 4-person crews take approximately 18 hours using forklifts and other machinery to remove the 40 sections of Act Global UBU Speed Series which make up the teams' respective end zones. [13] Unlike most NFL stadiums, the NFL's logo is painted at midfield, instead of the logo of one of the teams, also shortening the transition time. Replaceable team logos at midfield were removed in August 2010, after Domenik Hixon tore his anterior cruciate ligament at a practice at the stadium during training camp. [14] If the two teams are playing each other, the designated home team will have its configuration around the stadium, except for the end zones. Each team will have an end zone with their team logo.

Unlike a number of other new NFL venues, MetLife Stadium does not have a roof, as proposals to include a roof failed, over a dispute for funding. [15] Thus, indoor events such as the Final Four cannot be held at the facility, which runs counter to the original aims for a new arena in northern New Jersey. [16]

Ten giant HD-ready light emitting diode (LED) pylons, located at the north, south, east and west entrances, display videos of the team currently in-house. The pylons measure approximately 54 feet (16 m) high by 20 feet (6.1 m) wide. Inside, are four 30 feet (9.1 m) by 116 feet (35 m) HD video displays, and hang from each corner of the upper deck. [17]

The new stadium seating bowl is laid out similar to that of Giants Stadium [10] and has seating for 82,500 [1] people, including 10,005 club seats and approximately 218 luxury suites, making it the largest NFL stadium in terms of total seating. [18] The seating bowl is also raked in a way that eliminates overhangs from the upper decks that would impede views and allows fans to see the full arc of a 90-foot (30 yd) punt. [10]

Lower bowlMid-bowlUpper bowl
33,34621,32327,897

MetLife Stadium includes a total of four locker rooms: one each for the Giants and Jets, as well as two for visiting teams. The home teams have locker rooms on opposite ends of the stadium with a visitors' locker room adjacent to it. On most game days the visitors use the locker room at the end opposite that of the home team while the unused visitors' locker room is used for spillover by the home team. [18] [19] For games in which neither the Giants or Jets are playing, each team uses one of the visitor's locker rooms. When the Giants and Jets play each other, each team uses its own locker room plus the adjacent visitor's room for spillover.

In 2012, DLR Group partnered with NRG Energy to design and install a "Solar Ring" on the upper rim of MetLife Stadium. The Solar Ring consists of 1,350 building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solar panels assembled into 47 individual frames. The BIPV panels are illuminated with LED lighting and programmed to display the signature blue and green colors of the Giants and the Jets along with other hues for events such as concerts, soccer matches and college sports. The panels generate about 350 KW, nearly 25 times the amount of electricity that's actually needed to power the LED display system. The excess power generated can go into the general stadium use or back to the grid. [20] [21]

Technical agreements

Lease terms

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View of MetLife Stadium (under construction) and Giants Stadium (on right) in July 2009

The two teams formed the New Meadowlands Stadium Company, LLC (now MetLife Stadium Company), a 50/50 joint venture, to build and operate the stadium. The two teams leased the parcel of land on which the stadium stands from the NJSEA for a 25-year term, with options to extend it which could eventually reach 97 years. After the 15th year of the lease, and every five years, hence; one of the two teams may opt out of the lease after giving the state 12 months notice. The first such opportunity to opt out will occur in 2025 with a notice date of 2024. There will then be an opportunity to opt out in 2030, 2035, 2040, etc... However, if one team leaves for a new stadium, the other team would have to remain for the remainder of the lease. However, the high cost of building and relocating to a stadium makes it very unlikely. The teams also get parking revenue from the Meadowlands' western parking lots year round, even when there are no events at the stadium (this would occur when other parts of the Meadowlands host events). [22]

Naming rights

Allianz, a financial services and insurance company based in Munich, Germany, expressed interest in purchasing naming rights to the stadium. The proposal was for a period of up to 30 years, [23] and was estimated to be valued at between $20 million and US$30 million. However, it sparked protests from New York's Jewish community (the largest outside of Israel) and the Anti-Defamation League, which opposed the move due to close ties in the past between Allianz and the government of Nazi Germany during World War II. Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum, however, secretary general of the North American Board of Rabbis, agreed that although survivors' sensibilities are understandable, a naming deal is legitimate. "I have found Allianz to be receptive, to be sensitive and a friend of the Jewish people today," he said. [24] Allianz sponsors the venue that inspired the color-change technology for MetLife Stadium: Allianz Arena in Munich. No agreement was reached and talks between Allianz and the teams ended on September 12, 2008. [25]

On June 27, 2011, it was reported that New York City-based insurance company MetLife entered discussions to purchase naming rights to the stadium. [26] The new name, MetLife Stadium, [27] became official when all parties signed a 25-year deal on August 23. [28] [29] [30]

EPA agreement

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The exterior of MetLife Stadium, configured for a Giants game

In June 2009, the New Meadowlands Stadium Corporation and the EPA signed a memorandum of understanding that outlines plans to incorporate environmentally-friendly materials and practices into the construction and operation of MetLife Stadium. The agreement includes strategies to reduce air pollution, conserve water and energy, improve waste management, and reduce the environmental impact of construction. The goal of the agreement is to save the emission of nearly 1.68 million metric tons of carbon dioxide during the stadium's construction and its first year of operation. Under this agreement, the stadium construction must use around 40,000 tons of recycled steel, recycle 20,000 tons of steel from Giants Stadium, install seating made from recycled plastic and scrap iron, and reduce air pollution from construction vehicles by using cleaner diesel fuel, diesel engine filters, and minimizing engine idle times. Other goals of this agreement include providing mass transit options for fans and replacing traditional concession plates, cups and carries with compostable alternatives. The New Meadowlands Stadium Corporation is to report the progress on its goals to EPA every six months. Based on the reports, the EPA has stated it will quantify the benefits of the venue's environmental efforts. [31] [32]

Accessibility and transportation

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Meadowlands station provides New Jersey Transit rail service to MetLife Stadium on game days

MetLife Stadium is accessible by car via Exit 16W on the western spur of the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95) and is also located adjacent to NJ Route 3 and NJ Route 120. [33]

Coach USA provides the 351 Meadowlands Express Bus service between MetLife Stadium and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. [34] New Jersey Transit provides the 353 Bus service for select events between MetLife Stadium and Secaucus Junction. [35]

The Meadowlands Rail Line operates on event days between Meadowlands station and Hoboken Terminal via Secaucus Junction, where there is connecting service to Pennsylvania Station (New York City), Pennsylvania Station (Newark), and other New Jersey Transit rail operations. The line opened to the public on July 26, 2009. [36]

Awards and recognition

In 2009, MetLife Stadium was named the "Greenest Stadium" in the NFL by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). [37]

In July 2017, MetLife Stadium was named "Venue of the Year" by the Stadium Business Summit. The award is awarded to the world's best stadium, arena or sports venue, that deserves recognition for an outstanding performance over a 12-month period. [38]

Notable events

Firsts and notable moments

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Pre-game ceremony prior to the Jets-Cowboys game on September 11, 2011

Super Bowl XLVIII

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Inside MetLife Stadium during the first-ever preseason game held there, between the Giants and Jets on August 16, 2010

On May 25, 2010, it was announced that Super Bowl XLVIII was awarded to the stadium, the first time a Super Bowl would be played in the New York metropolitan area, and the first time that a non-domed stadium in a cold-weather city would host it. [52] Normally, Super Bowls must be held in indoor climate-controlled stadiums if they are held in a city with an average temperature lower than 50 °F (10 °C). However, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell waived this requirement and allowed MetLife Stadium on the ballot because of a "unique, once-only circumstance based on the opportunity to celebrate the new stadium and the great heritage and history of the NFL in the New York region". [53] [54] The game was played on February 2, 2014. The temperature at kickoff was 49 °F (9 °C), making it only the third-coldest Super Bowl on record. [55] The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43–8 for their first Super Bowl victory. [56]

WrestleMania

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MetLife Stadium during WrestleMania 29.
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MetLife Stadium during WrestleMania 35.

MetLife Stadium has twice hosted WrestleMania—the flagship pay-per-view event of the professional wrestling promotion WWE. WrestleMania 29 was held at MetLife Stadium on April 7, 2013. With 80,676 spectators, it was the third most-attended event in WWE history, and the highest-grossing event in WWE history at $12.3 million. Six years later, MetLife Stadium hosted WrestleMania 35 on April 7, 2019, overtaking WrestleMania 29 with an attendance of 82,265, and $16.9 million in revenue. [57]

Soccer

MetLife Stadium is also designed for soccer. To prepare for a match, the stadium uses retractable seating in the field level corners to fit a FIFA-sanctioned soccer field. [58] Along with being noted for providing exceptional sight-lines, [59] this has allowed the stadium to host several major international matches.

The first international exhibition match was between Mexico and Ecuador on May 7, 2010 in front of 77,507 fans. The stadium hosted another international exhibition soccer match between the United States and Brazil on August 10, 2010. Brazil won 2–0 in front of a near-sellout crowd of 77,223; the game was played on a temporary grass field. [60] [61] The stadium hosted another international friendly, between the United States and Argentina on March 26, 2011, which ended in a 1–1 draw and was played in front of a sellout crowd of 78,926. [62] Another exhibition match in preparation for 2014 FIFA World Cup was played on November 14, 2012 between Colombia and Brazil, with Brazil acting as the local team despite a higher affluence of Colombian fans.

On November 15, 2013, Argentina and Ecuador played an international friendly to a 0–0 draw. [63]

On September 9, 2014, the stadium hosted an international friendly between Brazil and Ecuador with Brazil victorious 1–0. [64]

On March 31, 2015, the stadium hosted an international friendly rematch of Argentina and Ecuador with Argentina prevailing 2–1 in front of 48,000 fans. [65] [66]

On June 26, 2016, the stadium hosted the final of the Copa América Centenario—a special U.S.-hosted edition of the Copa América tournament co-organized by CONCACAF, marking the centennial of South America's soccer federation CONMEBOL. After a 0–0 draw after extra time, Chile beat Argentina 4–2 on penalties to win the tournament. [67]

On August 3, 2016, MetLife Stadium hosted a 2016 International Champions Cup match between Real Madrid and F.C. Bayern Munich. Real Madrid won the match 1–0. [68] On July 22, 2017, a match of the 2017 International Champions Cup was played between FC Barcelona and Juventus. Barcelona won the match 2–1 in front of 82,104 fans. [69] MetLife Stadium hosted two matches as part of the 2018 International Champions Cup. The first match on July 25, 2018 between Manchester City F.C. and Liverpool F.C., with it ending 2–1 in favor of Liverpool, and the second match on August 7, 2018 between Real Madrid C.F. and A.S. Roma, also ending in a 2–1 victory for Real Madrid. [70] [71] On July 29, 2019 during the 2019 International Champions Cup, it hosted the first Madrid Derby held outside of Europe between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid, which Atlético won 7–3. [72]

On September 7, 2018, the stadium hosted the United States and Brazil in an international friendly match as part of U.S. Soccer's "Kickoff Series", [73] which Brazil won by a score of 2–0 with goals from Roberto Firmino and Neymar. On September 11, 2018, it hosted an International Friendly between Colombia and Argentina. [74]

MetLife Stadium is set to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup Final.

College football

On October 16, 2010, Rutgers hosted Army in the first college football game to be played in the new stadium, with the Scarlet Knights defeating the Black Knights in overtime, 23–20. During the game's second half, Rutgers player Eric LeGrand was injured on a special teams play, defending a Rutgers kickoff, and paralyzed from the neck down.

Syracuse University has hosted selected home games at MetLife Stadium in lieu of the Carrier Dome. The first of these games, branded as New York's College Classic, was played in 2012 against the visiting USC Trojans, who won 42–29. In 2013, the team opened its season against its rival Penn State at the stadium, losing 23–17. [75] In 2014, the team hosted the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at MetLife Stadium, losing 31–15. A rematch was held in 2016, once again losing to the Fighting Irish 50–33.

On November 16, 2019, MetLife Stadium hosted the 61st Cortaca Jug rivalry game between the NCAA Division III Cortland Red Dragons and Ithaca Bombers. With an attendance of 45,161, it set a record for the most-attended football game in Division III history. The game was held at MetLife Stadium as part of season-long commemorations of the 150th anniversary of college football. [76]

Monster Jam

Before Monster Jam started holding events at MetLife, the Meadowlands Arena was previously used for those events.[ citation needed ]

The first Monster Jam event at MetLife Stadium was held on June 16, 2012. It has since returned every year; on June 15, 2013, June 14, 2014, June 13, 2015, April 23, 2016, June 17, 2017, May 12, 2018, and June 8, 2019. Monster Jam returns July 17, 2021. The 2020 show scheduled for June 13 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[ citation needed ]

The stadium was going to host its first ever Monster Jam World Finals, World Finals 20. It was announced that the event would leave Las Vegas's Sam Boyd Stadium and begin a rotational schedule, starting with MetLife Stadium. The rotational schedule would also be moving the event from when it is usually hosted in late March, instead to May. An announcement on March 20, 2018, later confirmed that the date and venue would be changing, as per a schedule change.[ citation needed ]

Concerts

DateMain act(s)Opening act(s) / Guest(s)Tour / Concert nameTickets sold / available forGross revenueNotes
May 26, 2010 Bon Jovi Train The Circle Tour 206,099 / 206,099 (100%)
(with July 9 show)
$21,386,437 [77]
(with July 9 show)
[78]
May 27, 2010 Gavin DeGraw
May 29, 2010 OneRepublic
June 6, 20102010 Summer Jam 49,048 / 49,048 (100%)$4,308,316 [79]
June 10, 2010 Eagles Dixie Chicks
Keith Urban
Long Road Out of Eden Tour 31,482 / 33,564 (94%)$3,390,308 [77]
July 9, 2010Bon Jovi Kid Rock The Circle Tour (see above)(see above)
June 5, 20112011 Summer Jam 45,633 / 45,633 (100%)$4,791,268 [80]
July 20, 2011 U2 Interpol U2 360° Tour 88,491 / 88,491 (100%)$8,927,150 [81]
August 13, 2011 Kenny Chesney
Zac Brown Band
Billy Currington
Uncle Kracker
Goin' Coastal Tour 55,239 / 55,239 (100%)$5,058,534 [82]
May 18, 2012N/A2012 Electric Daisy Carnival New York 100,000 / 110,000 (91%)$7,294,307 [83] [84] [85]
May 19, 2012N/A
May 20, 2012
Performers
N/A
June 3, 20122012 Summer Jam42,696 / 42,696 (100%)$4,597,632 [86]
August 11, 2012Kenny Chesney
Tim McGraw
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Jake Owen
Brothers of the Sun Tour 56,285 / 56,285 (100%)$5,523,669 [87]
September 19, 2012 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band N/A Wrecking Ball World Tour 152,290 / 159,000 (95%)$14,409,760 [88] Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez was the special guest at the first show and Gary U.S. Bonds was the special guest at the second and third shows. The third (and final) show was delayed for two hours due to a strong thunderstorm. The show finally got underway around 10:30 pm, prompting fans to sing "Happy Birthday" to Springsteen at midnight to celebrate his 63rd birthday. At the end of the show, Springsteen was presented with a guitar-shaped birthday cake onstage. The concert was released as a live album in June 2019 [89] [90]
September 21, 2012
September 22, 2012
June 2, 20132013 Summer Jam 41,598 / 41,598 (100%)$3,793,412 [91] [92] [93]
July 13, 2013 Taylor Swift Ed Sheeran
Austin Mahone
Joel Crouse
The Red Tour 52,399 / 52,399 (100%)$4,670,011 [94] Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy was the special guest. [95]
July 25, 2013Bon Jovi The J. Geils Band Because We Can 95,991 / 95,991 (100%)$9,594,635 [96]
July 27, 2013
August 10, 2013Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Eli Young Band
Kacey Musgraves
No Shoes Nation Tour 53,416 / 53,416 (100%)$4,849,247 [97]
July 11, 2014 Beyoncé
Jay-Z
N/A On the Run Tour 89,165 / 89,165 (100%)$11,544,187 [98] [99] [100] [101]
July 12, 2014
August 4, 2014 One Direction 5 Seconds of Summer Where We Are Tour 139,247 / 139,247 (100%)$12,345,803
August 5, 2014
August 16, 2014 Eminem
Rihanna
N/A The Monster Tour 100,420 / 100,420 (100%)$12,358,850Both shows were the 6th highest-grossing box office of the year. [102]
August 17, 2014
July 10, 2015Taylor Swift Vance Joy
Shawn Mendes
HAIM
The 1989 World Tour 110,105 / 110,105 (100%)$13,423,858 The Weeknd; Heidi Klum and United States women's national soccer team; Lily Aldridge, Lena Dunham, Gigi Hadid and Hailee Steinfeld were special guests at the first show. [103] Nick Jonas; Gigi Hadid, Martha Hunt, Lily Aldridge, Candice Swanepoel, Behati Prinsloo, Karlie Kloss, and Uzo Aduba were special guests at the second show. [104]
July 11, 2015
August 5, 2015One Direction Icona Pop On The Road Again Tour 56,159 / 56,159 (100%)$5,156,858
August 15, 2015Kenny Chesney
Jason Aldean
Brantley Gilbert
Cole Swindell
Old Dominion
The Big Revival Tour (Chesney)
Burn It Down Tour (Aldean)
58,642 / 58,642 (100%)$6,067,017
August 26, 2015 AC/DC Vintage Trouble Rock or Bust World Tour 48,881 / 50,000 (98%)$4,492,251
July 16, 2016 Coldplay Alessia Cara
Foxes
A Head Full of Dreams Tour 100,763 / 100,763 (100%)$10,749,394 [105] [106]
July 17, 2016
July 23, 2016 Guns N' Roses Lenny Kravitz Not in This Lifetime... Tour 100,177 / 100,177 (100%)$11,687,391 [107]
July 24, 2016
August 7, 2016 Paul McCartney N/A One on One 52,465 / 52,465 (100%)$7,808,072
August 20, 2016Kenny Chesney Miranda Lambert
Sam Hunt
Old Dominion
Spread the Love Tour 56,292 / 56,292 (100%)$5,736,232
August 23, 2016Bruce Springsteen and the E Street BandN/A The River Tour 2016 153,930 / 153,930 (100%)$18,239,039The first show lasted 3 hours and 52 minutes, at the time his longest show ever in the United States and the third longest show of his career. [108] The second show lasted 3 hours and 59 minutes surpassing the previous show in which Tom Morello was the special guest. [109] The third and final show lasted 4 hours and 1 minute in which Rickie Lee Jones was the special guest. [110]
August 25, 2016
August 30, 2016
October 7, 2016Beyoncé DJ Khaled The Formation World Tour 50,703 / 50,703 (100%)$6,064,625This concert was originally scheduled to take place on September 7, 2016, but was rescheduled due to doctor's orders for vocal rest. [111] Serena Williams, Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar were special guests. Beyoncé also added "6 Inch" to the setlist. [112]
May 14, 2017 Metallica Avenged Sevenfold
Volbeat
WorldWired Tour 46,941 / 49,155 (95%)$5,955,038 [113]
June 28, 2017U2 The Lumineers The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 110,642 / 110,642 (100%)$14,568,805 [113]
June 29, 2017
August 1, 2017Coldplay AlunaGeorge
Izzy Bizu
A Head Full of Dreams Tour54,501 / 54,501 (100%)$7,861,460 [114]
June 2, 2018 Luke Bryan Sam Hunt
John Pardi
Morgan Wallen
What Makes You Country Tour N/AN/A
July 20, 2018Taylor Swift Camila Cabello
Charli XCX
Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour [115] 165,564 / 165,564 (100%)$22,031,386Swift became the first female artist in history to headline and sell out three consecutive shows at the stadium. During the second show, Swift performed "Clean" before the "Long Live" / "New Year's Day" medley. During the third show, Swift performed "So It Goes..." in place of "Dancing with Our Hands Tied". [116]
July 21, 2018
July 22, 2018
August 2, 2018Beyoncé
Jay-Z
Chloe X Halle
DJ Khaled
On the Run II Tour 99,755 / 99,755 (100%)$13,886,416At the beginning of the first show, the entire stadium was evacuated due to a nearby thunderstorm. The show start time was postponed until 11:30pm with the show ending at 1:30am. During the second show, "Nice" was added to the setlist.
August 3, 2018
August 18, 2018 Kenny Chesney Thomas Rhett
Old Dominion
Brandon Lay
Trip Around The Sun Tour [117] N/AN/A
September 21, 2018 Ed Sheeran Snow Patrol
Anne-Marie
÷ Tour [118] 107,500 / 107,500 (100%)$11,220,207
September 22, 2018
May 18, 2019 BTS N/A Love Yourself World Tour 98,574 / 98,574 (100%)$14,050,410 [119] BTS became the first Korean act to perform at the stadium.
May 19, 2019
August 1, 2019 The Rolling Stones The Wombats No Filter Tour 104,964 / 104,964 (100%)$25,510,438These concerts were originally scheduled to take place on June 13 and 17, 2019 but were postponed due to Mick Jagger recovering from a heart procedure. [120]
August 5, 2019 Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
September 21, 2019 Romeo Santos Utopia Concert60,000 / 60,000 (100%)$9,003,680The first Latin artist ever to perform in this stadium as a headliner [121] [122]
TBABTSN/A Map of the Soul Tour
TBA
August 5, 2021 Guns N' Roses Mammoth WVH 2020 Tour Originally planned for July 18, 2020;

Postponed due to pandemic

August 19, 2021 Lady Gaga N/A The Chromatica Ball Originally planned for August 19, 2020; Postponed due to pandemic
August 21, 2021Kenny Chesney Florida Georgia Line
Michael Franti
Spearhead
Chillaxification Tour Originally planned for August 22, 2020; Postponed due to pandemic
September 10, 2021 Rammstein Rammstein Stadium Tour Originally planned for September 10, 2020; Postponed due to pandemic
July 23, 2022 Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road

Other events

The stadium hosted the 12th Siyum HaShas, a celebration of the completion of the Talmud through the 7+12-year Daf Yomi study program, on August 1, 2012. At 93,000 seats, it was the highest capacity crowd in the stadium's history, due to on-field seating and a ticket sell-out. The siyum was a Department of Homeland Security level two security event, the most critical short of a presidential visit. [123] [124] On January 1, 2020 it hosted the 13th Siyum HaShas. [125]

Since 2012, the stadium has been the main site of the two-day electronic music festival Electric Daisy Carnival's stop in the New York Metropolitan Area bringing electronic acts including Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell, Porter Robinson and Tiësto.

On July 14 and 15, 2017, the stadium hosted the 18th International Indian Film Academy Awards, the Oscars of Bollywood, for the first time. [126]

On January 16, 2018, the stadium hosted the inaugural ball for newly elected New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. [127]

MetLife Stadium is also the host of various high school Marching Band and Drum Corps International competitions.

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Giants Stadium Former stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey

Giants Stadium was a stadium located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, in the Meadowlands Sports Complex. The venue was open from 1976 to 2010, and it primarily hosted sporting events and concerts. It was best known as the home field of the New York Giants and New York Jets football teams. The maximum seating capacity was 80,242. The structure itself was 756 feet (230 m) long, 592 feet (180 m) wide and 144 feet (44 m) high from service level to the top of the seating bowl and 178 feet (54 m) high to the top of the south tower. The volume of the stadium was 64.5 million cubic feet (1,830,000 m3), and 13,500 tons of structural steel were used in the building process while 29,200 tons of concrete were poured. It was owned and operated by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA). The stadium's field was aligned northwest to southeast, with the press box along the southwest sideline.

Hard Rock Stadium Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida

Hard Rock Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium located in Miami Gardens, Florida, a city north of Miami. It is the home stadium of the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). Hard Rock Stadium also plays host to the Miami Hurricanes football team. In addition, the facility hosts the Orange Bowl, an annual college football bowl game, and the Miami Open tennis tournament. Starting in 2022, Hard Rock Stadium will also be the host of a Formula 1 race, which would be raced at the Hard Rock Stadium Circuit, which goes around the stadium. It was the home to the Florida Marlins of Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1993 to 2011.

Gillette Stadium Stadium located in Foxborough, Massachusetts, home of the New England Patriots and the New England Revolution

Gillette Stadium is a stadium in the northeastern United States, located in Foxborough, Massachusetts, 28 miles (45 km) southwest of downtown Boston and 20 miles (32 km) northeast of downtown Providence, Rhode Island. It opened 19 years ago in 2002, replacing the adjacent Foxboro Stadium. The seating capacity is 65,878, including 5,876 club seats and 89 luxury suites.

Meadowlands Sports Complex Sports complex in New Jersey, U.S.

The Meadowlands Sports Complex is a sports complex located in East Rutherford, in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. The facility is owned and operated by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA).

New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority

The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) is an independent authority established by the State of New Jersey in 1971 to oversee the Meadowlands Sports Complex, but which now contains the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, a regulatory, planning, and zoning agency, in addition to its original duties. Originally consisting of Giants Stadium and the Meadowlands Racetrack in 1976, Meadowlands Arena was added to the complex in 1981 and New Meadowlands Stadium replaced Giants Stadium in 2010. Its first Chairman and CEO was David A. "Sonny" Werblin. Its present Chairman is Carl Goldberg and its CEO is Vincent Prieto.

Ford Field Stadium in Detroit

Ford Field is a domed American football stadium located in Downtown Detroit. It primarily serves as the home of the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL), as well as the annual Quick Lane Bowl college football bowl game, state championship football games for the MHSAA, the MHSAA State Wrestling Championships, and the MCBA Marching Band State Finals, among other events. The regular seating capacity is approximately 65,000, though it is expandable up to 70,000 for football and 80,000 for basketball.

Estádio do Morumbi Football stadium in Brazil

Estádio Cícero Pompeu de Toledo, widely known as Morumbi, is a football stadium located in the eponymous district in São Paulo, Brazil. It is the home of São Paulo Futebol Clube and its formal name honors Cícero Pompeu de Toledo, who was São Paulo Futebol Clube's chairman during most of the stadium construction and died before its inauguration. Morumbi is the largest privately owned stadium in Brazil. The stadium was designed by the architect João Batista Vilanova Artigas.

Citi Field Baseball park in Queens, NY, USA

Citi Field is a baseball park located in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in New York City. Completed in 2009, it is the home field of the New York Mets of the National League East division of Major League Baseball. The stadium was built as a replacement for the adjacent Shea Stadium, which opened in 1964.

The 2007 NFL season was the 88th regular season of the National Football League.

The 2010 NFL season was the 91st regular season of the National Football League and the 45th of the Super Bowl era.

Arizona Federal Theatre

The Arizona Federal Theatre is a multi-use theatre in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The venue seats 5,000 people.

History of the New York Jets Sports team history

The history of the New York Jets American football team began in 1959 with the founding of the Titans of New York, an original member of the American Football League (AFL); they began actual play the following year. The team had little success in its early years. After playing three seasons at the Polo Grounds, the team changed its name to the New York Jets, and moved into newly built Shea Stadium in 1964. In January 1965, the Jets signed University of Alabama quarterback Joe Namath to a then-record contract. The team showed gradual improvement in the late 1960s, posting its first winning record in 1967 and winning its only American Football League championship in 1968. By winning the title, New York earned the right to play in Super Bowl III against the champions of the National Football League (NFL), the Baltimore Colts. The Jets defeated the Colts in the game; in the aftermath of the upset, the AFL was deemed a worthy partner to the NFL as the two leagues merged.

Meadowlands station

Meadowlands Sports Complex, or Meadowlands, is a New Jersey Transit train station that is the western terminus for the Meadowlands Rail Line located at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Meadowlands Rail Line Rail line in New Jersey

The Meadowlands Rail Line is a rail line in New Jersey, United States, operated by New Jersey Transit (NJT). Trains run between the Meadowlands Sports Complex and Secaucus Junction, some with continuing service to Hoboken Terminal. There is a limited service on the line, with trains only operating in conjunction with major events. The line can handle 8,000 people per hour.

Giants–Jets rivalry Rivalry between two National Football League franchises in the New York metropolitan area

The Giants–Jets rivalry is an American football rivalry in the National Football League (NFL) between the New York Giants and New York Jets. It is an intra-city, interconference matchup between the two NFL teams based in the New York metropolitan area. Since 1984, both clubs have shared a home stadium. Thus, a Giants–Jets game can be referred to as "the shortest road trip in the league". It can also be referred to as a "sibling rivalry" since both teams play at and share the stadium.

Sports in New Jersey Overview of sports traditions and activities in the U.S. state of New Jersey

As of 2021, New Jersey has six teams from major professional sports leagues playing in the state, with only one team identifying themselves as being from the state. The other remaining teams identify themselves as being from the New York metropolitan area with the exception of the National Women's Soccer League team that has chosen a team name that does not identify with New Jersey or New York.

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