New York Jets and New York Football Giants Appoint Veteran Meadowlands Executive Ron VanDeVeen as President and CEO of MetLife Stadium
East Rutherford, N.J. – April 5, 2016 – Ron VanDeVeen, SVP, Events and Guest Experiences of MetLife Stadium, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the number one stadium in the world, as announced today by the owners of the New York Giants and New York Jets.
A 26-year veteran in the industry, VanDeVeen will assume the role formerly held by Brad Mayne. The appointment was effective as of April 1. Mayne will stay as a consultant working with VanDeVeen as he transitions into the leadership role.
VanDeVeen has spent the last two decades championing for and bringing the world’s largest events to the New Jersey/New York area. MetLife Stadium has hosted the world’s biggest events: Super Bowl XLVIII, WrestleMania 29, CONCACAF Gold Cup, and International superstars U2, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, AC/DC and Taylor Swift, amongst others. This June, MetLife Stadium will host two matches plus the Final of the Copa America Centenario; the biggest soccer event to be held in the United States since the 1994 World Cup.
MetLife Stadium has been named the number one stadium in the world for non-NFL events in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 by Billboard Magazine; Number one in the U.S. in 2011. MetLife Stadium has also hosted the Top Worldwide Tours of 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015: Bon Jovi, U2, Bon Jovi, One Direction and Taylor Swift, respectively and was named Top Stop of the Decade by Venues Today.
“I am privileged to assume the leadership role at MetLife Stadium, the number one sports and entertainment facility in the world, and home to the nation’s best franchises in the National Football League,” said Ron VanDeVeen. “I have spent my entire career here at the Meadowlands and am honored to lead the team of the best and brightest in the industry. We will work tirelessly to build upon the stadium’s past successes by continuing to host the world’s biggest events on the world’s biggest stage.”
Jets and Giants owners Woody Johnson, John Mara and Steve Tisch said jointly: “We would like to thank Brad Mayne for his dedication to bringing world class events to MetLife Stadium these past four years and continuing to make this stadium a world-renowned facility. We have every confidence that Ron VanDeVeen will continue this great tradition. Ron is a highly respected executive in the industry whose hard work, diligence and experience has played an instrumental role in the stadium’s success since day one.”
“It’s been a phenomenal four years hosting the biggest and best events in the largest market in North America,” said Mayne. “I am grateful to the New York Giants and the New York Jets for the tremendous opportunity to have led the best stadium staff in the industry.”