Top 8 Cool Facts about the MetLife Stadium

One of the most expensive sports venues ever constructed is also one of the biggest stadiums in the United States.

This incredible football temple is the home of two NFL teams from New York and is situated just west of Manhatten in New Jersey.

It’s not that their former home was any less impressive, though. Compared, however, this modern stadium is one of the most amazing arenas in the world.

In this article, we take a closer look at some of the most interesting facts about MetLife Stadium.

1. It’s part of the huge Meadowlands Sports Complex

The Meadowlands Sports Complex is a large sport and entertainment complex located in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

It’s not only home to the Metlife Stadium but is also the site of the Meadowlands Racetrack, which hosts horse racing events.

The complex also includes the Meadowlands Arena, an indoor arena that was used for concerts, sports events, and other large-scale events, but which has been closed.

The Meadowlands Sports Complex is one of the most popular sports and entertainment areas in the New York City area, and that means something.

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Aerial view of the stadium / Anthony Quintano / Wiki Commons

2. It’s the home of two NFL football teams (and that’s pretty rare)

The MetLife Stadium is the home field of the New York Giants and New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL).

Both teams play their home games at the stadium, and they share the facility. The Giants and Jets are two of the most successful and storied franchises in the NFL, and they have a long history of rivalry and competition.

The MetLife Stadium is known for its electric atmosphere on game days and is one of the most beautiful stadiums in the United States.

Remarkably, there is only one other stadium in the United States that is shared by NFL teams. The SoFi Stadium is a stadium in California that is shared by the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers.

MetLife Stadium interior
Interior view of the stadium / All-Pro Reels /Wiki Commons

3. It replaced the former Giants Stadium which was located just nearby

The previous stadium that the Giants and Jets shared, Giants Stadium, was aging and in need of replacement.

The construction of MetLife Stadium allowed the two teams to continue playing in the New York City area and provided them with a modern facility.

Additionally, the construction of the stadium was seen as a way to boost economic development in the region, and it has become a major venue for sporting events, concerts, and other large-scale events.

There was nothing wrong with the former Giants Stadium, but the newly-constructed arena looks pretty amazing in the aerial image below.

Metlife and Giants Stadium
Aerial view of both stadiums / Gregory J Kingsley / Wiki Commons

4. It was the most expensive stadium ever built upon completion in 2010

The price tag of this amazing arena was astounding as it cost $1.6 billion to complete between 2007 and 2010. That’s the equivalent of about $2 billion today.

It features all the comfort that you expect from a football stadium but remarkably doesn’t feature a roof.

For $2 billion, one would expect to be seated in a dry area during a tiny day, don’t you think?

MetLife Stadium fun facts
Inside the stadium before a game / Ajay Suresh / Wiki Commons

5. The stadium can seat 82,500 people during football games

MetLife Stadium capacity
The view inside the stadium is astonishing / Ajay Suresh / Wiki Commons

6. The naming rights for the stadium weren’t cheap as well

The stadium is named after MetLife, a leading global provider of insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs.

MetLife has held the naming rights to the stadium since 2011 and signed a 25-year deal after paying a large sum of money to have its name associated with the facility

The naming rights deal allows MetLife to use the stadium’s name and logo in its marketing and advertising efforts, and it provides the company with valuable exposure and brand recognition.

This was only made possible after a deal with Allianz, a Munich-based insurance company, was rejected because of outrage from New York’s Jewish community.

MetLife Stadium Exterior
The stadium’s exterior and name / Gargudojr / Wiki Commons

7. It hosted the Super Bowl two years after it was completed

The stadium had only been completed when it was announced that it had been awarded the Super Bowl XLVIII (2013). The Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8 during this game.

Other important events that have been held at the stadium include:

  • The Copa America Centenario is a prestigious international soccer tournament that was held at the stadium in 2016.
  • The CONCACAF Gold Cup was another major international soccer tournament that was held at the stadium in 2013 and 2019.
  • Several college football bowl games, including the Pinstripe Bowl and the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
  • Many concerts of famous artists such as One Direction, Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi, and the Rolling Stones.
  • Two Wrestlemania events in 2013 and 2019 were held at the stadium.
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Wrestlemania at the stadium / Howitto / Wiki Commons

8. The stadium offers some amazing features for fans

These are some of the things you can expect when you plan to visit Metlife Stadium:

  • 218 luxury suites offer premium views of the field and other amenities.
  • A state-of-the-art sound system and high-definition video screens provide clear and crisp audio and visuals for fans.
  • Multiple concourses and seating areas offer plenty of space for fans to move around and enjoy the game.
  • Front-row seats are only 50 yards (14 meters) away from the playing field, the shortest distance of any NFL stadium.
Metlife stadium before a game
Inside the stadium before a game / Ajay Suresh / Wiki Commons