In the spring of 2010, MetLife Stadium opened its doors as the first building owned and operated by two iconic NFL franchises, the New York Jets and New York Football Giants. This $1.60 billion groundbreaking project, 100% privately funded and built by both teams, opened four months ahead of schedule and on budget.
Each year, MetLife Stadium hosts 20 NFL games (twice as many as any other NFL Stadium), major concerts and entertainment events, college sporting events, international soccer matches, motor sports, and family shows. Since opening, the Stadium tops the annual charts, being named the Top Grossing Stadium in the World!
The 2.1 million square foot facility was constructed with a neutral backdrop, allowing the Stadium to transform into a home field for the home team, be it college or professional. Everything in the building was designed with this transformation in mind. From the first removable endzones, to the flagpole banners and signs, all team-specific elements are switched out on a game by game basis to reflect the respective home team. Each week during the NFL season, the Stadium’s exterior uplighting and flagship team merchandise store are also transformed from Jets Green to Giants Blue and back again, bathing the building in hues of the upcoming home team.
Cost: $1.6 billion
Venue Size: 2.1 million square feet
Capacity: 82,500, capability for 90,000 for non-football major events
Suites: 200+ on four separate levels; 16-24 seats per suite
Suite Designer: David Rockwell Group
Club Seating Capacity: Over 10,000 seats
Clubs: Toyota Coaches Club, Chase Club, Lexus Club, Commissioners Club and the MetLife 50 Club
Parking: Approximately 28,000 spaces
Mass Transportation: NJ Transit rail station located in front of stadium; accessible from New York Penn Station and Newark Penn Station- approximately 20 minutes door to door
Architects: 360 Architects, Ewing Cole, David Rockwell and Bruce Mau Designs
Food Service/Merchandise Partner: Delaware North Companies (Sportservice)
Technology takes center stage at MetLife Stadium. With over 2,200 HDTVs and four 18’x 130’ high-definition LED video boards in each corner of the seating bowl, fans are presented a great view of the game from any angle in the building. Through a building-wide Wi-Fi system, the Stadium is able to provide unique fan experiences as well as sponsor and team based loyalty activations.
The Stadium provides an unparalleled level of value for building partners. Through a “less is more” approach to sponsor signage, sponsors are provided with a unique concept for partnership. Only five partners have permanent signage in the seating bowl, four Cornerstone Partners (Bud Light, EMC / SAP,Pepsi and Verizon) and one naming sponsor (MetLife). Each Cornerstone Partner has elements of sponsorship at each and every level of the fan experience, from the entry gate and plaza to the upper bowl.
The Stadium’s food and beverage and merchandise partner, Delaware North’s Sportservice, has created a diverse menu of local and regional fan favorites, called “Home Food Advantage”. From “Nonna Fusco’s Meatballs” and Taylor Ham sandwiches, kosher food stands to carving stations and seafood displays in our premium clubs, Sportservice has created a menu which caters to the diverse palates of the New York/New Jersey marketplace. Retail: 9,600-square-foot flagship store; four inline stores; four walk-in stores; 12 portables, four suite locations; three trailers and a walk-in portable; totaling more than 60 points of sale.
Fans can enjoy efficient regional public transportation to the Stadium via NJ Transit’s rail line, which is connected to Amtrak’s Northern Corridor. Guests originating from New York’s Penn Station are dropped off at the front door of the Stadium in just under 20 minutes. The addition of the rail line, which opened in 2009, coupled with newly configured parking lots, provides easier access routes and improved traffic patterns to and from the Stadium.