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NEW JERSEY (East Rutherford): New Meadowlands Stadium

JETS AND GIANTS UNVEIL NEW STADIUM DESIGN, BREAK GROUND ON PROJECT

STATE-OF-THE-ART-FACILITY TO INCLUDE UNIQUE LOUVERED EXTERIOR;
ENHANCED FAN AMENITIES; IMPROVED PARKING AND TRANSIT

NEW FACILITY TO BE LARGEST PRIVATELY-FUNDED STADIUM IN US HISTORY

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., September 5, 2007 - The owners of the New York Giants and the New York Jets officially broke ground today on the first stadium in history designed to be the permanent home of two NFL franchises. The $1.3 billion stadium—privately financed by Jets Development LLC and Giant Stadium LLC in a 50-50 joint venture—is scheduled for completion for the 2010 football season. It will seat 82,500 fans per game and host 20 NFL games per season, more than any other NFL stadium in the nation. It will also host numerous other events ranging from college football to international soccer, concerts and more.

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, State Senate President Richard Codey, New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority Chairman Carl Goldberg and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell joined Jets Chairman and CEO Woody Johnson, Giants President and CEO John Mara and Giants Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch to unveil the design and sign a steel beam to kick off major construction. Dozens of additional public officials and special guests were also on hand for the ceremony, which was emceed by NFL Network anchor Rich Eisen.

The new facility will boast improved parking and transit options, enhanced tailgating opportunities, a new plaza radiating from the stadium filled with fan-centric activities, an intimate seating bowl, and cutting edge sound and signage. The 2.1 million square foot facility, which occupies 40 acres, is designed to be the most innovative and memorable spectator environment in professional sports.

The sleek profile of the technologically advanced new stadium will transform its look game-to-game to reflect the color, spirit and heritage of each home team. The outward appearance of the stadium’s eight-level aluminum louvered exterior will be illuminated by the colors and iconic imagery of the team playing that day. This imagery will be projected on the spectacular Great Wall, a huge (40x400-foot) frieze of panels visible through the louvers as well as on 2,500 high-definition displays throughout the stadium plus, 18,000 square feet of video display and league-high, four jumbo video boards in the bowl.

"Ensuring that the stadium would feel like home to both teams and both groups of fans was our goal and also one of the biggest challenges in the design of the stadium. With a unique combination of design elements, both teams will now be at home at the epicenter of football in a setting unmatched anywhere in the country," said Giants Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch. "Our ability to transform the building overnight also extends to meet the needs not only of each team on game day but can become a neutral building on non-game days."

Jets chairman and CEO Woody Johnson said, "Every aspect of a Sunday at the stadium will be radically different before fans even step foot inside. Improved highway access and redesigned parking lots will make the trip to the Meadowlands more efficient. A brand new rail facility will also provide fans a quick and convenient travel alternative. Once at the stadium, fans will enjoy enhanced tailgating opportunities and a new plaza filled with activities for fans of all ages."

Giants president and chief executive officer John Mara said, "The design of stadium and the seating bowl allows our fans the continued intimate feel of the current Giants Stadium, a characteristic that our players and fans love. Just like it is now for our fans, the open sightlines throughout will be enhanced by the four spectacular video screens in each corner. In addition, cutting edge sound systems, digital boards and electronic signage will work together to form an experience where everything has its place. The live experience will be unmatched anywhere in the NFL."

"We may dig up only a symbolic amount of dirt at today’s groundbreaking but this event actually represents a massive mobilization of resources, time, and energy," Governor Corzine said. "For me, this new stadium exemplifies the very best in public-private partnerships. The Jets, the Giants, and the State of New Jersey have developed a genuinely collaborative relationship to create the flagship stadium of the National Football League. This relationship is unique in the annals of the NFL and will create the best total fan experience in the league—bar none. Moreover, the combination of the new stadium and the extraordinary Xanadu entertainment and retail complex here will form the most distinctive, enjoyable, and exceptional family destination—right here in New Jersey."

"The stadium is a huge investment in the future of the Meadowlands and will anchor its overall revitalization," added State Senate President Richard Codey. "This world-class facility will be a beacon for the metropolitan region, attracting people for all types of events and providing fans with something to cheer about. New Jersey deserves nothing less."

"We are proud to call the Giants and Jets our home teams, today, and for years to come," said Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts. "But the Meadowlands won’t only be an attraction on game days; it will serve as a year round destination for the entire tri-state area because of a brand new rail facility right in the heart of the Meadowlands Complex."

"It has been a pleasure to observe both franchises work together as true partners," said NJSEA Chairman Carl Goldberg. "Today’s announcement against the backdrop of construction on the new stadium is a testament to the joint vision of both teams to create a venue that will showcase the very best of the NFL and will complement Xanadu and the entire Meadowlands Complex."

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, "This partnership between the Jets and Giants is unique not only for the NFL but in all of sports. A 100% privately financed stadium by two teams is unprecedented. Given the attention to detail that the ownership and their front office teams are putting into this stadium, it promises to be a first-class facility for Giants and Jets fans and a showcase for the NFL."

360 Architects, led by George Heinlein, is the design architect for the project and EwingCole is the architect of record. The world-renowned design team also includes wayfinding and fan experience designer Bruce Mau of Bruce Mau Design as well as interior designer David Rockwell of The Rockwell Group. Construction of the project is led by Skanska AB. The owners’ representative is Tishman Lehrer.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NEW STADIUM

Approaching the Stadium

Newly configured parking lots and easier access to parking through improved traffic patterns will make for smoother and shorter rides to and from the stadium. Access lanes into the Meadowlands will nearly triple from 16 to more than 40.

For maximum efficiency the parking lots will provide more than 27,500 spaces and will radiate from the stadium with more direct, easier access through road circulation improvements, the introduction of inner and middle loop road systems and dedicated areas for permit and non-permit parking.

But driving won’t be the only way to get to the stadium. A brand new rail facility will drop fans right at the front door giving thousands of patrons a quick, convenient travel alternative. Fans can travel to the new stadium via the rail link from New York’s Penn Station or Newark’s Penn Station in under 20 minutes. Plus, Metro North and other regional rail carriers are working on a one-seat ride to the new stadium.

Tailgating and the Plaza

Before and after the game there will be a whole new set of reasons to arrive early and stay late.

A 300,000 square-foot outdoor plaza will surround the entire stadium--filled with fan-centric activities and concessions including merchandise, new food and beverage options, restroom facilities and pre-game entertainment. From the biggest and best barbecue you’ll ever see to interactive games that pit you against your favorite NFL players - there will be something fun for fans of all ages.

Also planned for the future are new tailgating zones that will be linked to the stadium through pedestrian connections and offering fans ever-more ways to enjoy the hours before kick-off.

Inside the Stadium

A 400-foot-long and 40-foot-high Great Wall featuring brightly colored branding images of each team will serve as the grand entrance for game-day patrons.

Once inside the stadium, fans will encounter a dozen 16x9-foot, high-definition video displays spread throughout the seven concourses and the outside Plaza. Team stores will house 15,000 square feet of merchandise. Sponsor areas will occupy another 20,000 square feet of themed activities. Restaurants and bars will be spread around the building’s interior. The two main concourses will expand in to sizes ranging from 35-feet-wide to 70-feet-wide to accommodate fans as they enter, leave or congregate. Concession stands and restrooms will be located throughout the stadium.

When fans reach their seats, they will find a bowl design that strives to maintain the intimate feel of the current Giants Stadium, with front row seating only 46 feet from the field’s sidelines, uncompromised sightlines and unrestricted views for punts and to the scoreboards. A special field-level club between the 40-yard lines will provide fans even closer views of the gridiron and play host to post-game press conferences. Cutting edge sound systems, digital boards and electronic signage as well as massive 40x130 foot LED video screens in each of the four stadium corners will keep fans inspired by the best action and information.

















Courtesy: Giants.com
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Looks even more in the wilderness than it really is, but at least there'll be rail access.
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Kaleidoscope of Colors Coming to New Stadium



The Jets’ and Giants’ new stadium will have 82,500 seats and an array of modern amenities.


By RICHARD SANDOMIR
September 5, 2007

The new stadium the Jets and the Giants are scheduled to occupy in 2010 will be distinguished by an outer skin of aluminum louvers and by interior lighting that will switch colors depending on which team is playing at home.

The changing colors — green for the Jets, blue for the Giants — reflect each team’s desire to individualize the look of the 82,500-seat stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The teams’ current home, Giants Stadium, opened in 1976, but the Jets have long felt like a second-class tenant there since arriving in 1984. The louvers in the new stadium, which are arranged in various densities, may also reflect the teams’ colors.

Although construction has been going on at the site north and east of Giants Stadium since April, groundbreaking on the $1.3 billion stadium will take place today, with officials from both teams; the N.F.L., including Commissioner Roger Goodell; and the state expected to attend.

It is the newest local sports project after decades without construction: the Devils’ Newark arena will open next month; the Mets and the Yankees are building ballparks that are expected to open in 2009; construction of the Red Bulls’ stadium is underway in Harrison, N.J.; and the Nets still anticipate building an arena near downtown Brooklyn.

Since Giants Stadium opened, 22 stadiums have opened in the N.F.L., including the new Soldier Field, which involved building a new stadium inside the exterior of the old one.

Eight facilities are older than Giants Stadium. One of them, the Dallas Cowboys’ Texas Stadium, is to be replaced by a $1 billion facility in 2009. Another, Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., had a $295 million modernization that was completed without compromising its essence in 2003.

According to renderings of the Jets-Giants stadium obtained by The New York Times, giant red pylons at the north and east entrances will display videos of each team, depending on which one is playing.

A signature feature of the stadium — which will be built in the shape of a rounded rectangle — will be the massive Great Wall that will be partly visible through the louvers at the main entrance.

The wall will be 400 feet long and 40 feet high, showing panels of images that will rotate between photographic murals of the Giants and Jets on game days and different pictures for concerts and other events.


Inside, four 40-by-130-foot scoreboards will hang from each corner of the upper deck.

The sight lines will be similar to those at Giants Stadium, which seats a little over 80,000, but in some cases seats will be farther away because the new facility will have more than double the square footage. The stadium complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and it will have four restaurants, nearly double the current 117 luxury suites, and 9,200 club seats, two club lounges, wider concourses and at least one hall of fame.

Just outside the stadium is the location for a railway station — which connects the Meadowlands to the Pascack Valley Line of New Jersey Transit — that is expected to be completed in 2009. The addition of the rail station is similar to the plan to bring a Metro-North stop to the new Yankee Stadium.

There will be numerous tailgating zones, and myriad options to buy food and merchandise in the plaza that will ring the stadium.

The Giants and the Jets are the only N.F.L. teams to share a stadium, but there was never a guarantee that they would build the new one together. For a time, the teams were on parallel tracks to the future.

The Giants planned to renovate Giants Stadium at a cost of $750 million. Meanwhile, the Jets stood fast to a $2.2 billion proposal to construct a stadium on the West Side of Manhattan that would have been an extension of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and the main Olympic stadium if New York City had won the bid to play host to the 2012 Summer Games.

The Jets’ politically sensitive plan was attacked by Cablevision, owner of nearby Madison Square Garden, and was eventually spurned by the Public Authorities Control Board.

In September 2005, the teams signed an agreement to jointly develop the stadium in New Jersey, which was then estimated to cost $800 million.


The $1.3 billion cost to finance construction of the new stadium has the teams considering whether to require season-ticket holders to buy one-time personal seat licenses. The teams have already obtained a loan of $300 million from the league’s G-3 stadium financing program that must be repaid over 15 years from club seat revenues.
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hahaha, that video said it would be the first stadium with 4 video boards, are the not counting the 2 60 yard long video boards and the 2 40x120 video boards that will be suspended above the field of the cowboys new stadium?

Jeez, you new yorkers are funny.
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Atleast we arent little girls that have to play in a dome! OH no its to cold outside, .........Never fear, close the roof. Bunch of women!
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The new cowboys stadium can turn into an open air stadium. Also its a dome because we are looking at the big picture, just not NFL football. We will be a regular stop for the Super Bowl (revenue New York WISHES it could get) Final Four, The NCAA National BCS championship and NBA All Star Games. And if playing in the open air makes you so good then why do the 2 new york teams..um whats the word..suck right now?
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They dont WISH to have it dumbass because they declined to build the roof!! And you know why?? Because they have to much integrity and listened to the fans. The fans dont want a roof because the sanctity of the game is thrown off course when you put a roof on top of a football stadium. You can have your super bowls and NCAA tournament once every 7years. You still Live in Dallas.

Enjoy sitting in a stadium thats closed 85% of the time because NFL rules strictly stipulate, if theres any threat of rain, snow, sleet or any sort of weather that will impede the play of the game, the roof MUST be closed the whole game.
There goes your look towards the sky.

Awww seems Mr. Jones has sold his soul once again just for a quick buck and you all will be paying out of the wazoo for a stadium in the middle of no where. Enjoy!
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Yea i never understood the reasoning behind building a dome. If you practice outside play outside, take advantage of the weather. Its hot in Dallas, take advantage of that, condition your players.

In syracuse we have the Carrier dome which is insane IMO. The weather sucks in Central New York, The players practice outside, so why not play outside? Fans may enjoy a dome but i gaurentee you they will enjoy a winning team more.
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Jealousy becomes you. I do live in Dallas, u should see the woman down here in the summer, hot! Ncaa tournaments and Super bowls dont have to be 7 years apart idiot, and even though we can only host the Super bowl every 7 years, thats a $60 Million cash boost we get in those 2 weeks that new york will never see.

Sanctity of the game? This coming from New Yorkers, listen pall, until your state produces some of the greatest football players in the country, then keep your mouth shut about the sanctity o the game.
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Im sorry, my mom told me not to criticize the lesser NFL franchises.
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HAHAHA
BRILLIANT
our state dish is chili to
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man, i love it. is that a real ad or is this something someone made up?
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THE HIGH-END ZONE
INSIDE NEW JET-GIANT SKYBOXES



SNEAK PEEK: The Commissioner's Club lounge at the planned stadium (above) will be available only to suite owners and feature a massive window overlooking the field, plasma TVs and a fireplace.


By ANGELA MONTEFINISE
October 7, 2007

Talk about a sweet spot. How's this for a perch to watch the Jets and Giants today?

Keep dreaming - it'll be two more seasons before this swanky clubhouse for luxury-suite loungers is slated to open in the teams' new $1.3 billion stadium. With a massive floor-to-ceiling window facing the field, plush couches, hardwood floors, a fireplace and snacks prepared by celebrity chefs, it's tough to beat.

The Commissioner's Club - complete with massive plasma TVs showing the game and individual plasma screens hooked up to the Internet - will be accessible to owners of 20 select luxury suites and their visitors.

The stadium will sport 175 suites in total, and 50 have already been sold. They are being offered first to the current 117 suite owners at Giants Stadium.

The best suites will go for more than $1 million. They start at $270,000.

"The response has really been overwhelming," said Mark Bingham, the stadium's vice president of premium partnerships.

The suites were designed by famed architect David Rockwell and will feature modern furnishings, indoor and outdoor seating, huge windows facing the field, Wi-Fi capability, wet bars and five plasma TV screens, all with DirecTV access.

"Fans can watch, not only the Jets or Giants game, but all other relevant games on at that time," Bingham said.

The suites will come with full waitress service and parking spots adjacent to the stadium. Some include cooking facilities so the food can be prepared in the room. Celebrity chefs will be available for personal appearances.

Buyers get their suites for all Jets and Giants home games - 16 games every year.

While the new stadium sells off its suites, it's still looking for a name.

"They are still speaking to potential naming-rights partners," a spokeswoman said.

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Looks like one of those old Rockies Cigar lounges. To conservative for a NFL stadium.
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Looks like one of those old Rockies Cigar lounges. To conservative for a NFL stadium.
Nah its really not. Its to conservative cause its giants stadium. If Billy Bob Jones bult it, it'd be the most spectacular design in the world. It's the commissioners box dummy. It's supposed to be luxurious. Oh right but by Texas standards to luxurious = not football standard. Stupid.
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Nah its really not. Its to conservative cause its giants stadium. If Billy Bob Jones bult it, it'd be the most spectacular design in the world. It's the commissioners box dummy. It's supposed to be luxurious. Oh right but by Texas standards to luxurious = not football standard. Stupid.
Luxurious is field level box suites with the players field entrance going threw one of the most expensive suites. but thats just how we do things in Texas.
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thats just how we do things in Texas.
In Texas.
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yep, In Texas
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you see, i know what your saying about why does this Texas boy care about this stadium.. well maybe its because if your going to claim to be the best City in the world then i think u should try and build the Greatest stadium in the world for your 2 football teams.

Just a thought though.
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Yes your right. I was wondering why a texas boy cares about the meadowlands so much. But in all seriousness, as a Giants fan that I am, I dont want that spaceship that your boy Jones wants. It looks great dont get me wrong, but its way to big for a football stadium. I like my stadiums to be smaller and compact and the fans right on top of the action. Giants Stadium was built with this in mind and the new one will be as well and i'm happy with that fact.

"yall" can have all the greatest amenities in the world, and it might be the most glamorous in the USA, but i'll take my compact Giants Stadium any day. We all know Cowboys fans are extremely quiet inside the stadium anyways, so it doesnt really matter where you play.

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