MetLife Stadium

MetLife Stadium is an American sports stadium located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, 8 miles (13 km) outside of New York City. It is part of the Meadowlands Sports Complex and serves as the home stadium for two National Football League (NFL) franchises: the New York Giants and the New York Jets. The stadium is owned by the MetLife Stadium Company, a joint venture of the Giants and Jets, who jointly built the stadium using private funds on land owned by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. The stadium opened as New Meadowlands Stadium in 2010. In 2011, MetLife, an insurance company based in New York City, acquired the naming rights to the stadium. At a construction cost of approximately $1.6 billion, it was the most expensive stadium ever built at the time that it opened.[9]

MetLife Stadium is currently the only NFL stadium shared by two clubs. In 2020, it will be joined by Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California which will be home to the Rams and 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 1903 to 1922, and Shea Stadium, which housed both the Yankees and Mets during the 1974 and 1975 seasons. It has hosted WWE's flagship pay-per-view WrestleMania twice, the first being WrestleMania 29 in April 2013, and the other being WrestleMania 35 in April 2019.

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Aerial view of MetLife Stadium in 2014
MetLife Stadium is located in New York City
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Location near New York City
MetLife Stadium is located in New Jersey
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Location within New Jersey
MetLife Stadium is located in the United States
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Location within the United States
Former namesNew Meadowlands Stadium (2010–2011)
Address1 MetLife Stadium Drive
LocationEast Rutherford, New Jersey
Coordinates40°48′48.7″N 74°4′27.7″W / 40.813528°N 74.074361°WCoordinates: 40°48′48.7″N 74°4′27.7″W / 40.813528°N 74.074361°W
Public transitMainline rail interchange NJ Transit Meadowlands Station:

NJT Bus NJ Transit NJT Bus: 353

NJT Bus Coach USA: 351
OwnerMetLife Stadium Company, LLC
(New York Giants 50%/New York Jets 50%)[1]
SurfaceAct Global Speed S5[3]
Broke groundSeptember 5, 2007[4]
OpenedApril 10, 2010[8]
Construction cost$1.6 billion
($1.84 billion in 2018 dollars[5])
Architect360 Architecture
Rockwell Group
Bruce Mau Design, Inc.
Project managerHammes Company Sports Development
Structural engineerThornton Tomasetti
General contractorSkanska AB[6]
Main contractorsStructal–Heavy Steel Construction, a division of Canam Group[7]
New York Giants (NFL) (2010–present)
New York Jets (NFL) (2010–present)
New York (XFL) (2020–beyond)


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 at the stadium, sought 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, which collapsed in 2005 mostly due to a vicious smear campaign orchestrated by Cablevision who feared the new venue would take business away from Madison Square Garden.[10]The Jets then entered into a joint venture with the Giants to build a new stadium in which the two teams would be equal partners.


Giant's Stadium Old and New
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.[11]

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.[12] This idea originated at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany; which is 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.[13] The total linear length of louvers 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 endzones.[14] 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. The 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.[15]

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.[16] 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.[17]

Ten giant high-definition-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) high definition video displays, and hang from each corner of the upper deck.[18]

The new stadium seating bowl is laid out similar to that of Giants Stadium[11] and has seating for 82,500[2] people, including 10,005 club seats and approximately 218 luxury suites, making it the largest NFL stadium in terms of total seating.[19] 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 punt.[11]

Lower bowl Mid-bowl Upper bowl
33,346 21,323 27,897

MetLife Stadium includes a total of four locker rooms: one each for the Giants and Jets, as well as 2 for visiting teams. The home teams have locker rooms on opposite ends of the stadium with a visitors' locker room adjacent to it; the unused visitors' locker room is used for spillover by the home team, on game days.[19][20]

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.[21][22]

Technical agreements

Lease terms

Meadowlands Sports Complex - kingsley - 04-JUL-09
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. Based on the teams' histories, this clause presumably allows the Jets to eventually decide they want to play in their own stadium and leave if they can find a way to finance it. However, the high cost of building and relocating to a new stadium makes this very unlikely (although the Jets have relocated their facilities to Florham Park, New Jersey). 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).[23]

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,[24] 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.[25] 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.[26]

On June 27, 2011, it was reported that New York City-based insurance company MetLife entered discussions to purchase naming rights to the stadium.[27] The new name, MetLife Stadium,[28] became official when all parties signed a 25-year deal on August 23.[29][30][31]

EPA agreement

MetLife Stadium Exterior
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.[32][33]

Accessibility and transportation

Meadowlands Station Terminus
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.[34]

Coach USA provides the 351 Meadowlands Express Bus service between MetLife Stadium and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.[35] New Jersey Transit provides the 353 Bus service for select events between MetLife Stadium and Secaucus Junction.[36]

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.[37]

Awards and recognition

In 2009, MetLife Stadium was named the "Greenest Stadium" in the NFL by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).[38]

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.[39]

Notable events

Firsts and notable moments

Jets-Cowboys Pregame
Pre-game ceremony prior to the Jets-Cowboys game on September 11, 2011
  • The first event at the stadium was the Big City Classic lacrosse event, held on April 10, 2010.[8]
  • September 12, 2010: The Giants host the first NFL regular season game in the stadium's history against the Carolina Panthers, winning 31–18.[40]
  • September 13, 2010: The Jets play their first game at the stadium, against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football, losing 10–9.[41]
  • November 14, 2010: The stadium encounters two power outages during a game featuring the Giants and the Dallas Cowboys. The game is delayed about eight minutes.[42]
  • December 19, 2010: The Philadelphia Eagles stage a comeback against the Giants in what has become known as the Miracle at the New Meadowlands, coming back from being down 31–10 with about eight minutes to go in the fourth quarter to win 38–31, capped off by DeSean Jackson's game winning punt return as time expires.
  • September 11, 2011: On the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, a ceremony is held prior to the game between the Jets and the Dallas Cowboys honoring the victims of the attacks.[43] The Jets defeated the Cowboys 27–24.[44]
  • December 24, 2011: The visiting Giants defeat the hosting Jets 29–14 in what is the biggest regular season match-up between the two New York teams in recent years, due to postseason implications for both sides. The victory helps propel the Giants into the playoffs while contributing significantly to eliminating the Jets from a postseason appearance.[45]
  • January 8, 2012: MetLife Stadium hosts its first NFL playoff game, with the Giants defeating the Atlanta Falcons 24–2 in an NFC Wild Card game,[46] en route to their Super Bowl XLVI championship.
  • November 22, 2012: During a 49-19 loss to the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez runs into the backside of teammate Brandon Moore, fumbling the ball, and leading to a Patriots touchdown, in an infamous play dubbed the "Butt fumble".
  • On November 23, 2014: During a 31-28 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. snagged a 43-yard one-handed touchdown catch from Eli Manning early in the second quarter. The catch, which was completed with only three fingers while Beckham was being interfered with, has been hailed by Cris Collinsworth, Tony Dungy, Victor Cruz, and LeBron James as the best catch of all time.[47][48][49][50][51]

Super Bowl XLVIII

New Meadowlands Stadium
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]

The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43–8 for their first Super Bowl victory, when MetLife Stadium hosted Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2, 2014.[53] 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".[54][55]


On April 7, 2013, WWE's 29th annual flagship event, WrestleMania 29, was held at MetLife Stadium. It drew 80,676 fans which put it ahead of SummerSlam 1992 (80,355) and WrestleMania 23 (80,103) and in third place behind WrestleMania III (93,173) and WrestleMania 32 (101,763) on the list of highest ever WWE attendances.

Wrestlemania 29 Stage
80,676 fans pack MetLife Stadium for WrestleMania 29

The main event was John Cena challenging WWE Champion The Rock. Also featured was CM Punk versus The Undertaker. The penultimate match was Triple H versus Brock Lesnar in a no-holds-barred match.

WrestleMania XXIX garnered 1,048,000 PPV buys, 205,000 fewer than the previous year's event.[56] The event set a new record for the highest grossing live event in WWE history, grossing $72 million.[57]

MetLife Stadium during WrestleMania 35

On April 7, 2019, WWE's 35th annual flagship event, WrestleMania 35, returned to MetLife Stadium. The main event was a Triple Threat Winner Takes All match between Raw Women's Champion Ronda Rousey, SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair and Royal Rumble Winner Becky Lynch. Lynch won the match by pinning Rousey and thus becoming the first woman to hold both titles at the same time. The event also witnesses the last match of Kurt Angle's career, where he was defeated by Baron Corbin. Also, Universal Champion Brock Lesnar lost his title to Seth Rollins, and Kofi Kingston won his first WWE Championship by defeating Daniel Bryan. The event registered a MetLife Stadium record attendance of 82,265 which put it ahead of SummerSlam 1992 (80,355) and WrestleMania 29 (80,676) and in third place behind WrestleMania III (93,173) and WrestleMania 32 (101,763) on the WWE attendance records.

International Football (soccer)

MetLife Stadium is also designed for football (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 Football (soccer) 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 Copa América Centenario Final, a special 100th anniversary edition of the Copa América, organized jointly by CONMEBOL and CONCACAF, hosted by the USA, and the first to take place outside South América. Chile beat Argentina 4–2 on penalties after a 0–0 draw after extra time to claim their second consecutive Copa América Championship in front of 82,026 fans.[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 game 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]

On August 15, 2017, as part of the United States joint bid with Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, MetLife Stadium was announced as the venue to host the final.[70]

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.[71][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]

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.

On September 7, 2012, the stadium hosted the first New York's College Classic game, with the visiting USC Trojans defeating the Syracuse Orange, 42–29. Syracuse has relocated three of its home games from the Carrier Dome to MetLife Stadium in New Jersey under the banner of New York's College Classic, losing all three games; a fourth was played against Notre Dame in September 2014.

On September 27, 2014, Syracuse Orange hosted Notre Dame Fighting Irish in their fourth New York's College Classic, which boasted 76,802 fans in attendance. Syracuse lost their fourth straight classic, 31–15.

On October 1, 2016, Syracuse Orange hosted Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 2016 New York's College Classic. There were 62,794 in attendance to witness Notre Dame defeat Syracuse 50-33.

Monster Jam

Before Monster Jam started events at MetLife, the Meadowlands Arena was previously used for the events.

The first Monster Jam event at MetLife Stadium was 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. It will return to the venue in 2020.

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.


Date Main act(s) Opening act(s) / Guest(s) Tour / Concert name Tickets sold / available Gross revenue Notes
May 26, 2010 Bon Jovi Train The Circle Tour 206,099 / 206,099 (100%)
(with July 9 show)
(with July 9 show)
May 27, 2010 Gavin DeGraw
May 29, 2010 OneRepublic
June 6, 2010 2010 Summer Jam 49,048 / 49,048 (100%) $4,308,316[77]
June 10, 2010 Eagles Dixie Chicks
Keith Urban
Long Road Out of Eden Tour 31,482 / 33,564 (94%) $3,390,308[75]
July 9, 2010 Bon Jovi Kid Rock The Circle Tour (see above) (see above)
June 5, 2011 2011 Summer Jam 45,633 / 45,633 (100%) $4,791,268[78]
July 20, 2011 U2 Interpol U2 360° Tour 88,491 / 88,491 (100%) $8,927,150[79]
August 13, 2011 Kenny Chesney
Zac Brown Band
Billy Currington
Uncle Kracker
Goin' Coastal Tour 55,239 / 55,239 (100%) $5,058,534[80]
May 18, 2012 N/A 2012 Electric Daisy Carnival New York 100,000 / 110,000 (91%) $7,294,307[81] [82][83]
May 19, 2012 N/A
May 20, 2012
June 3, 2012 2012 Summer Jam 42,696 / 42,696 (100%) $4,597,632[84]
August 11, 2012 Kenny Chesney
Tim McGraw
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Jake Owen
Brothers of the Sun Tour 56,285 / 56,285 (100%) $5,523,669[85]
September 19, 2012 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band N/A Wrecking Ball World Tour 152,290 / 159,000 (95%) $14,409,760[86] 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.[87][88]
September 21, 2012
September 22, 2012
June 2, 2013 2013 Summer Jam 41,598 / 41,598 (100%) $3,793,412[89] [90][91]
July 13, 2013 Taylor Swift Ed Sheeran
Austin Mahone
Joel Crouse
The Red Tour 52,399 / 52,399 (100%) $4,670,011[92] Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy was the special guest.[93]
July 25, 2013 Bon Jovi The J. Geils Band Because We Can 95,991 / 95,991 (100%) $9,594,635[94]
July 27, 2013
August 10, 2013 Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Eli Young Band
Kacey Musgraves
No Shoes Nation Tour 53,416 / 53,416 (100%) $4,849,247[95]
July 11, 2014 Beyoncé
N/A On the Run Tour 89,165 / 89,165 (100%) $11,544,187[96] [97][98][99]
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
N/A The Monster Tour 100,420 / 100,420 (100%) $12,358,850 Both shows were the 6th highest-grossing box office of the year.[100]
August 17, 2014
July 10, 2015 Taylor Swift Vance Joy
Shawn Mendes
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.[101] Nick Jonas; Gigi Hadid, Martha Hunt, Lily Aldridge, Candice Swanepoel, Behati Prinsloo, Karlie Kloss, and Uzo Aduba were special guests at the second show.[102]
July 11, 2015
August 5, 2015 One Direction Icona Pop On The Road Again Tour 56,159 / 56,159 (100%) $5,156,858
August 15, 2015 Kenny 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
A Head Full of Dreams Tour 100,763 / 100,763 (100%) $10,749,394[103] [104]
July 17, 2016
July 23, 2016 Guns N' Roses Lenny Kravitz Not in This Lifetime... Tour 88,637 / 94,506 (93%) $11,137,615[105]
July 24, 2016
August 7, 2016 Paul McCartney N/A One on One 52,465 / 52,465 (100%) $7,808,072
August 20, 2016 Kenny Chesney Miranda Lambert
Sam Hunt
Old Dominion
Spread the Love Tour 56,292 / 56,292 (100%) $5,736,232
August 23, 2016 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band N/A The River Tour 2016 153,930 / 153,930 (100%) $18,239,039 The 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.[106] The second show lasted 3 hours and 59 minutes surpassing the previous show in which Tom Morello was the special guest.[107] The third and final show lasted 4 hours and 1 minute in which Rickie Lee Jones was the special guest.[108]
August 25, 2016
August 30, 2016
October 7, 2016 Beyoncé DJ Khaled The Formation World Tour 50,703 / 50,703 (100%) $6,064,625 This concert was originally scheduled to take place on September 7, 2016, but was rescheduled due to doctor's orders for vocal rest.[109] Serena Williams, Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar were special guests. Beyoncé also added "6 Inch" to the setlist.[110]
May 14, 2017 Metallica Avenged Sevenfold
WorldWired Tour 46,941 / 49,155 (95%) $5,955,038[111]
June 28, 2017 U2 The Lumineers The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 110,642 / 110,642 (100%) $14,568,805[111]
June 29, 2017
August 1, 2017 Coldplay AlunaGeorge
Izzy Bizu
A Head Full of Dreams Tour 54,501 / 54,501 (100%) $7,861,460[112]
June 2, 2018 Luke Bryan Sam Hunt
John Pardi
Morgan Wallen
What Makes You Country Tour N/A N/A
July 20, 2018 Taylor Swift Camila Cabello
Charli XCX
Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour[113] 165,564 / 165,564 (100%) $22,031,386 Swift 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".[114]
July 21, 2018
July 22, 2018
August 2, 2018 Beyoncé
Chloe X Halle and DJ Khaled On the Run II Tour 99,755 / 99,755 (100%) $13,886,416 At 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[115] N/A N/A
September 21, 2018 Ed Sheeran Snow Patrol
÷ Tour[116] 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[117]
May 19, 2019
August 1, 2019 The Rolling Stones The Wombats No Filter Tour N/A N/A
August 5, 2019 Lukas Nelson and the Promise of Real

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.[118][119]

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 & 15, 2017, the stadium hosted the 18th International Indian Film Academy Awards, the Oscars of Bollywood, for the first time.[120]

On January 16, 2018, the stadium hosted the Inaugural Ball for newly elected New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.[121]


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2011 New York Giants season

The 2011 New York Giants season was the 87th season for the team in the National Football League. They played all of their home games at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Although the team did not improve on their 10–6 mark from 2010, the Giants were able to qualify for the playoffs, and in another cinderella run that paralleled what they did in 2007, they won Super Bowl XLVI, marking the fourth time in team history that they won a Super Bowl.

Many analysts predicted a rough year for the Giants. Despite highs and lows throughout the season, the Giants, with a 9–7 record, returned to the NFL playoffs for the first time since 2008, when they won the NFC East and finished the season as the NFC's #4 seed. New York finished 10–6 in 2010 but failed to qualify for the playoffs due to not having any tiebreakers over any NFC playoff team. The Giants entered their week 17 match up with the Cowboys with both teams tied for the division lead with 8–7 records. The Giants took a 21–0 first half lead and while the Cowboys closed the gap to make the score 21–14 early in the 4th quarter, the Giants held on to defeat the Cowboys 31–14, clinching the divisional title and a playoff berth.

In the playoffs, the Giants defeated the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, and the San Francisco 49ers to win the NFC championship. The Giants defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, which was a rematch of Super Bowl XLII from 4 years earlier in which the Giants defeated the previously undefeated Patriots. As in 2007, 1990, and 1986, the Giants played their eventual Super Bowl opponent during the regular season. The Giants also played the Packers and 49ers during the season, losing both games in the final minutes of play.

The 2011 Giants were the first team in NFL history to reach the Super Bowl with a negative point differential (minus-6, 394 points scored, 400 points allowed). With a 9–7 record, the Giants became the third NFL team to win fewer than 10 games in a 16-game season, and reach the Super Bowl. but became the first of the three to win the Super Bowl. The previous teams to go 9–7 and reach the Super Bowl (the '79 Rams, who only needed two playoff wins were the first, and the 2008 Arizona Cardinals) were both defeated by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Additionally, upon defeating the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI the Giants became the first NFC East Division champion to win the Super Bowl since the Dallas Cowboys in 1995 (the Giants were a Wild Card team when they won Super Bowl XLII). The Giants were also close to rematching the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl for the first time since 2001.

Some news organizations, among them The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, said that the Giants' victory in the Super Bowl made them NFL's version of the 2011 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, saying that these two championship teams that had been given the last rites by many near the end of the season, emerged as champions at the end.This season was the last time the Giants qualified for the playoffs under Coughlin, and would not reach the playoffs again until the 2016 season.

2012 New York Giants season

The 2012 New York Giants season was the franchise's 88th season in the National Football League, the ninth under head coach Tom Coughlin and the third playing their home games at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants began the 2012 season as defending Super Bowl Champions for the fourth time in their history, by virtue of their 21–17 victory in Super Bowl XLVI over the New England Patriots, their second Super Bowl victory over the Patriots. The Giants finished 9–7 for the second straight year, but failed to make the playoffs.

This would be the last time the Giants had a winning record until 2016.

2013 New York Giants season

The 2013 New York Giants season was the franchise's 89th season in the National Football League, the fourth playing their home games at MetLife Stadium and the tenth under head coach Tom Coughlin.

The Giants attempted to attain a playoff berth after failing to do so in 2012, and be the first team to play the Super Bowl on their own home field, which they share with the New York Jets.

However, they failed to improve on their 9–7 record and were eliminated from playoff contention after their Week 14 loss to the Chargers. This season marked the first time the Giants went 0–6 in their first six games since 1976.

The Giants became the first team in NFL history to have a five-year era in which they won the Super Bowl in the third year of the era but missed the playoffs in all other years. Five other teams had similar situations where their lone playoff appearances in any five-year stretch were Super Bowl victories; however four of these were won on their fifth year of that stretch:

New York Jets from 1964 to 1968

Washington Redskins from 1978 to 1982

St. Louis Rams from 1995 to 1999

Baltimore Ravens from 1996 to 2000The San Francisco 49ers won their Super Bowl on their fourth year of their stretch from 1978 to 1982

2013 New York Jets season

The 2013 New York Jets season was the franchise's 44th season in the National Football League and the 54th overall. The Jets improved their 6–10 regular season record from 2012 and attempted to make history as the first host team to play the Super Bowl on their own home turf, alongside the New York Giants, whom they share the same home field: MetLife Stadium; however, they missed the playoffs for a third consecutive season.

2014 New York Giants season

The 2014 New York Giants season was the franchise's 90th season in the National Football League, the fifth playing their home games at MetLife Stadium and the eleventh under head coach Tom Coughlin. The team failed to improve on their 7–9 mark from 2013, finishing 6–10.

To commemorate their ninetieth anniversary, the Giants wore a special patch on their jerseys. In addition, the team wore white pants instead of gray for two home games versus the Indianapolis Colts in Week 9 on Monday Night Football and two weeks later against the San Francisco 49ers. With their loss to the Jaguars on November 30, 2014, the Giants sealed their second consecutive losing season.

2015 New York Giants season

The 2015 New York Giants season was the franchise's 91st season in the National Football League and their sixth season playing their home games at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Tom Coughlin returned for his 12th and final season as the team's head coach. The Giants attempted to secure a playoff berth for the first time since their 2011 season, which concluded with their victory in Super Bowl XLVI.

To honor the late Frank Gifford and Ann Mara, both of whom died earlier in 2015, the Giants added a number 16 decal on their helmets and special patch for Gifford and Mara respectively.The Giants began the season 0-2 for the third straight year, and in doing so became the first team in NFL history to go 0–2 while holding double digit leads in the 4th quarter in both games. However, they rebounded to win their next three games before losing to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants 2015 season was plagued by their inability to close out games, as the Giants lost 6 games in which they held leads or were tied within the final 2 minutes of the games. These losses included their opening game in Dallas, their home opener against the Falcons, a road loss in New Orleans and 2 home defeats against the Patriots and the Jets. Had the Giants won these games, they would've been 11-5 and would've won the NFC East. After the Redskins defeated the Eagles on December 26 during a Saturday Edition of Thursday Night Football, the Redskins clinched the division title of the NFC East, eliminating the Giants from playoff contention for the fourth consecutive year and had officially ended the Coughlin/Eli era in New York, whom have made the playoffs 5 times and won two Super Bowls, both times against the New England Patriots.

2015 New York Jets season

The 2015 New York Jets season was the franchise's 46th season in the National Football League and the 56th overall. The team improved on their 4-12 record in 2014 under former head Coach Rex Ryan. Under new head coach Todd Bowles, they succeeded in matching their record in just five games, starting 4-1. Prior to the season, the Jets made a number of moves, including, re-acquiring Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, two cornerbacks who were instrumental in the Jets previous defensive success, and obtaining Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brandon Marshall in trades. The team retrogressed to 5–5, before going on a five-game winning streak, clinching their first winning season since 2010. However, it wasn't enough to make the playoffs, as they lost to the Buffalo Bills in Week 17 and the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cleveland Browns. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Jets both finished 10–6, but the Steelers clinched the final AFC playoff spot over the Jets based on a better record vs. common opponents. The Jets finished the season as the league's only team with a winning record to not make the playoffs.

2016 New York Giants season

The 2016 New York Giants season was the franchise's 92nd season in the National Football League, their seventh season playing their home games at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and the first under head coach Ben McAdoo.

The Giants began 2–0 before falling into a three-game losing streak to the Redskins, Vikings and Packers. The Giants rebounded and went on a six-game winning streak for the first time since 2010, before falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 13. The Giants then upset the 11–1 Dallas Cowboys in Week 14 to improve to 9–4. With their Week 14 win over the Dallas Cowboys, the Giants clinched a winning season for the first time since 2012 and also swept the Cowboys for the first time since 2011. The Giants got their 10th win of the season in Week 15, having a 10 win season for the first time since 2010. Their 7–1 record at home is their best home record since MetLife Stadium opened in 2010.

Despite losing to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 16, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' loss to the New Orleans Saints meant the Giants clinched a playoff trip for the first time since their last Super Bowl season in 2011.

The Giants' first playoff game since Super Bowl XLVI ended in disappointment, as they were upended by the Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card round at Lambeau Field. The Giants only managed to score 13 points and allowed a season high 38 points, ending their season.

2017 New York Giants season

The 2017 New York Giants season was the franchise's 93rd season in the National Football League, the eighth playing their home games at MetLife Stadium and the second and final under head coach Ben McAdoo. Coming fresh off an 11–5 season from one year ago, the Giants had high hopes of a Super Bowl Championship and were an expected playoff contender by many critics. However, things quickly fell apart after key injuries and controversial decisions towards the team. A disastrous and unexpected 0–5 start to their season (their second in 5 years), coupled with major injuries to the team, including star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., had the Giants suffer to a franchise worst 3–13 record. By Week 10, after losing to the previously winless 49ers, the Giants were standing at 1–8, their worst record since 1980. The Giants were officially eliminated from playoff contention on November 26, 2017 when the Falcons defeated the Buccaneers 34–20, the Panthers defeated the Jets 35–27 and the Eagles defeated the Bears 31–3.

On November 28, it was announced that Geno Smith was to start against the Raiders, which snapped Eli Manning's 210 consecutive games started streak, the longest in the NFL at the time. It started controversy, with present and former teammates, opponents, fans, executives, and TV and radio show hosts coming into Manning's defense. The benching of Eli also led to speculation he would possibly join the Jacksonville Jaguars, which would reunite him with former Giants coach Tom Coughlin, whom works for the team as their executive vice president of football operations. With that move, the Giants became the last team in the NFL to have started an African-American quarterback in at least one game. After a 24–17 loss to the Raiders in Week 13, with the Giants standing at 2–10, both Ben McAdoo and General Manager Jerry Reese were fired, leaving Steve Spagnuolo as the interim Head Coach and Kevin Abrams as the interim General Manager. These were the first mid-season staff firings since the 1976 season. Manning was then renamed the starter for the Week 14 game against the Cowboys.

A 30–10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 14 dropped the Giants to 2–11 surpassing the most losses in the Eli Manning era with 10 losses (2004, 2014, and 2015). With a 34-29 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 15, the Giants tied the record of losses they set before (12) falling to 2–12, but after a 23–0 loss to the Cardinals in Week 16, the Giants fell to 2–13, setting a new record for most losses in a single season in franchise history, eclipsing the previous record of 12, done five times in franchise history: 1966, 1974, 1980, 1983 and 2003 and the worst under a 16-game schedule format. The Giants at the end defeated the Washington Redskins ultimately finish the season at 3–13.

The Giants 3–13 record was their worst record in a 16-game season in franchise history, their worst winning percentage since 1974, the worst record in the Eli Manning era, their worst record since 2003, finished dead last in the NFC East for the first time since 2003, and second-worst in the league behind the winless Browns. The Giants also went 1–11 against the NFC in 2017 and 1–5 against the NFC East. In the process, the Giants acquired the 2nd pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

On December 29, 2017, Dave Gettleman was hired as the new general manager for the team. Gettleman quickly address the offensive line issues which led to the release of offensive tackle Bobby Hart and the benching of 2015 1st rounder Ereck Flowers. Flowers started all games to this point being the only consistent starter on the offensive line.

2018 New York Giants season

The 2018 season was the New York Giants' 94th in the National Football League, their ninth playing their home games at MetLife Stadium and their first under head coach Pat Shurmur. The Giants entered the season looking to improve on their 2017 campaign, which saw the team finish with a 3–13 record, their worst since the adoption of a 16-game regular season. Despite starting 1–7 for the second consecutive year, the Giants managed to improve on their 3–13 campaign with a 30–27 win over the Chicago Bears. After a 17–0 shutout loss to the Titans in Week 15, the Giants missed the playoffs for the second straight season. The season was highlighted by blown fourth-quarter leads much like 2015, the Giants were in 12 one-possession games and lost eight games by seven points or fewer. The Giants finished the season 5–11 and last place in the NFC East for the second straight year.

Despite the 5–11 record, the season was highlighted with rookie running back Saquon Barkley who won many awards including Pepsi Rookie of the Year, FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year, AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team and AP All-Rookie teams.

2018 New York Jets season

The 2018 season was the New York Jets' 49th in the National Football League, their 59th overall and their fourth and final under head coach Todd Bowles. In Week 3, the Jets lost to the Browns by a score of 21–17, becoming the first team to lose to the Browns since the Chargers lost 20–17 on Christmas Eve 2016. The win by the Browns ended a 19-game winless streak. Week 6 marked the first season the Jets have scored 40+ points in multiple games since the 2008 season. They were officially mathematically eliminated from playoff contention for the 8th consecutive season after the Titans defeated the Jaguars 30–9 in Week 14. This also marks the first time since 2016 to feature pro bowlers. The Jets failed to improve on their 5–11 record from the previous season with a 38–3 blowout loss in Week 17 to the Patriots and finished 4–12 and dead last in the AFC East. Following the season finale, the Jets fired Bowles.

2019 New York Giants season

The 2019 New York Giants season will be the franchise's 95th season in the National Football League, their tenth playing their home games at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey and their second under head coach Pat Shurmur. They will attempt to improve on their 5–11 campaign from last year.

2019 New York Jets season

The 2019 New York Jets season will be the franchise's 50th season in the National Football League, the 60th overall, the 10th playing their home games at MetLife Stadium and the first under new head coach Adam Gase. This will be the team's first season with new uniforms since 1998.

On May 15, 2019, the Jets fired general manager Mike Maccagnan and appointed Gase to be the interim general manager.

Copa América Centenario Final

The Copa América Centenario Final was an association football match that took place on 26 June 2016 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States to determine the winner of the Copa América Centenario.The match was contested by Argentina and Chile, making it a rematch of the 2015 final. Chile ultimately won on penalty kicks 4–2 after a 0–0 draw. Forward Lionel Messi announced his retirement from international football after the defeat, his third consecutive final defeat with Argentina, although he later reversed this decision.

Jim Hall (announcer)

Jim Hall (May 30, 1933- June 12, 2017) was the public address announcer for New York Giants football games at MetLife Stadium, located in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

List of Monday Night Football results (2010–present)

Beginning in the 1970 NFL season, the National Football League began scheduling a weekly regular season game on Monday night before a national television audience. From 1970 to 2005, the ABC television network carried these games, with the ESPN cable television network taking over beginning in September 2006. Listed below are games played from 2010 to the most recent season.

Meadowlands Sports Complex

The Meadowlands Sports Complex is a sports and entertainment complex located in East Rutherford, Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, owned and operated by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA).The complex currently consists of MetLife Stadium, which is home to the New York Giants and New York Jets of the National Football League; Meadowlands Racetrack, one of the more famous harness racing circuits in the sport and home of the annual Hambletonian Stakes; and the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, which is the Giants' practice facility.

The complex is also the home to the under-construction American Dream Meadowlands entertainment venue and the now-closed Meadowlands Arena, which served as a home for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League, Seton Hall University's men's basketball team, and the team the arena was built for, the now-Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association.

New York XFL team

The New York XFL team is a professional American football team based in New York City, New York. The team is an owned-and-operated member of the XFL (2020) begun by Vince McMahon of World Wrestling Entertainment. The team will play its home games at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. MetLife Stadium is currently home to the NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets and, at 82,500 seats, is the largest stadium in the XFL.

The team is coached by Kevin Gilbride, a longtime offensive coordinator in the NFL (most recently with a ten-season stint with the Giants). Gilbride comes out of a six-year retirement to join the XFL; his hiring was announced April 16, 2019.

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