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MetLife Stadium

Our guide to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., includes information on events, tickets, parking, public transportation, nearby hotels and restaurants, seating and more. Read on to find out how to get the most out of your gameday experience.

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Even if you’ve never been there, if you’re so much as a casual football fan you probably know a little bit about MetLife Stadium, the home of the New York Giants and Jets.

After all, it is the only venue in the NFL to serve as home for two teams (a distinction it will only hold until 2020, but still). It’s well known that it houses teams that represent New York but is located in New Jersey (a fact that seems weird to some out-of-towners but is nothing special to locals).

And even if you don’t know the name MetLife Stadium, you probably have heard the oft-referenced moniker for the area surrounding it, the Meadowlands, which has carried a sports significance since the 1970s.

Whatever you know about MetLife Stadium, know that it’s an impressive facility worth visiting if you’re into football or any other event that it hosts. The NFL thought highly enough of it that it held Super Bowl XLVIII there, the first time the league chose an outdoor stadium in a cold-weather city to host the big game. And it’s expected that the final of the 2026 World Cup will be staged there.

So MetLife Stadium has enjoyed a lively past full of big-time events, and has a bright future ahead of it. But even for regular-season Giants or Jets games, the venue provides a spectacular atmosphere to watch football. 

For more on visiting East Rutherford, check out our New York City sports travel guide.


One memorable moment at MetLife Stadium

The Giants have enjoyed a little more success over the life of MetLife Stadium than the Jets, who have yet to host a playoff game there. For either team, however, the most memorable moment has nothing to do with the playoffs. Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s one-handed touchdown catch in a 2014 game against the Dallas Cowboys is still cited by some football analysts as the most spectacular reception of all-time.

The approach: Getting to MetLife Stadium

MetLife Stadium is just six miles from Manhattan — that familiar skyline is clearly visible on most days from the uppermost seating areas — but it can feel a world away. Especially when you’re trying to get there.

New York City traffic can be a slog on the best days, particularly when crossing the Hudson River that separates New York and New Jersey, but on game days the journey can be downright brutal by car.

But this is football and tailgating is a ritual, so of course many people do drive and park at MetLife Stadium. Most routes into the Meadowlands involve taking the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95), which runs alongside the stadium grounds, exiting at Route 3 and traveling west from there. Click here for more detailed driving directions. 

Rates begin at $40 for entry into MetLife Stadium’s expansive parking lot. For more information on parking, click here.

If you’re a visitor to New York that’s staying in a hotel in Manhattan, public transportation to MetLife Stadium is readily available, but it helps to know the network a little bit. To get the most common misconception out of the way: The New York subway does NOT run to the Meadowlands — or to anywhere in New Jersey, for that matter.

For train travel, you’ll have to rely on NJ Transit, which runs event service starting at New York’s Penn Station (underneath Madison Square Garden). Take it to Secaucus Junction, then transfer to a special platform for direct service to the Meadowlands. Know that this service is very popular, and stations and trains can experience extreme crowding on game days (NJ Transit, famously, was overwhelmed with football fans on the day of Super Bowl XLVIII).

You can also travel to MetLife Stadium by bus, as service is offered from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan. Fare starts at $7 each way, but buses take the same routes — and by and large encounter the same traffic — as most drivers to the game. Especially if you’re from out of town, though, you may find these inconveniences to be worth the tradeoff of not having to drive and find parking at MetLife Stadium.

Visitors whose trip revolves around an event at MetLife Stadium might find it easier — and cheaper — to stay in nearby Newark, which has a number of downtown hotels and easy access to nearby Newark Liberty International Airport. NJ Transit runs through downtown and leads to Secaucus, where fans can transfer to take the rail spur to the Meadowlands.

There are also a handful of hotels surrounding the MetLife Stadium grounds, but keep in mind that the venue is surrounded by heavily trafficked highways. If you’re headed to the stadium on foot, be sure to cross streets at controlled intersections and pathways.

East Rutherford/Carlstadt hotels near MetLife Stadium
Hilton Meadowlands – 0.5 miles away
Extended Stay America – Meadowlands – East Rutherford – 0.5 miles away
Hampton Inn Carlstadt at the Meadowlands – 0.6 miles away
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The build-up: Things to do around MetLife Stadium

MetLife Stadium is part of the Meadowlands Sports Complex, which includes the Meadowlands Race Track (horse racing, that is) and the Meadowlands Arena, which used to be the home of the New Jersey Devils and Nets but now sits mostly unused.

Also nearby is a shopping and entertainment complex called American Dream, which sat partially constructed for years but finally opened in 2019. Touted as the third-largest shopping center in North America, it promises to offer the same amenities seen in entertainment districts outside many major sports venues, such as those in Foxborough, Mass., Los Angeles or Philadelphia. But that hasn’t quite manifested itself yet.

Besides American Dream, there aren’t that many options for pregame entertainment outside the stadium. For their games, though, the Giants and Jets each hold parties on the west side of the stadium (opposite where the NJ Transit train station is located), which includes live music and family activities. 

Other than checking out the tailgating taking place in the surrounding parking lots, if it’s your first time attending an event at MetLife Stadium you might want to head in. The good news is, there’s quit a bit to see.

East Rutherford/Carlstadt restaurants near MetLife Stadium
Redds Restaurant – pub, 0.5 miles away
Bergen Social – American, 0.6 miles away
Segovia Meson – steakhouse, 1.6 miles away
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The ambiance: Watching a game at MetLife Stadium

Not that you’d have any reason to be confused upon arriving, but in the unlikely event you didn’t know whether the Giants or Jets were the home team on a football gameday, the stadium has a way of letting you know.

Spotlights, in-stadium signage — including the lighted MetLife logos that overlook the lower seating bowl — and even the rings of honor that line the facade of the upper deck are interchangeable and flip green or blue depending on the home team.

That’s just one of the subtle but cool features of the facility. Be sure to wander MetLife Stadium’s concourse just beyond the entry gates a little bit, even if you’re headed to 300-level seating, as you’ll be able to spot features such as a mini football field for kids. 

Befitting such a large stadium, the various concession stands exhibit quite a bit of variety. This is the New York area, so deli sandwiches and pizza are prominent, but you can find some unique (for a stadium, anyway) fare such as fried clams, Asian noodles and dumplings, meat pies, gyros, cauliflower tots and cookies and brownies from Mrs. Fields. You can get a glimpse of the full selection here.

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Taps are plentiful, too. Look out for the Beers of the World and Craft Beer Zone stands on both the 100 and 300 levels for a wide beer selection, and there are two full-service pubs, the Blue Point Pub and Bow Street Irish Whiskey Bar, on the 100 level.

You would expect a stadium that holds more than 80,000 to feel huge, and you’d be right — especially if you’re sitting way up top in the highest rows. But don’t let that deter you from sitting in the cheap seats for a MetLife Stadium event. Yeah, you’re pretty high up, but what you can’t see you can at least catch replays of on one of the four large videoboards set up in each corner of the stadium.

If you’re attending a game late in the NFL season, be sure to bundle up. The Meadowlands has always had a reputation for getting windy late in the year, as fans who remember the old Giants Stadium can attest, and gusts can wreak havoc on game play as well as fan comfort in the seating areas at MetLife Stadium.

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    The Particulars

    Home Teams
    New York Giants
    New York Jets

    Address
    1 MetLife Stadium Drive
    East Rutherford, NJ 07073

    Year Opened
    2010

    Capacity
    82,566

    Upcoming Events
    All times local
    Preseason: New York Giants at New York Jets
    Thursday, August 13, 2020
    7:30 pm
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    Preseason: Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Jets
    Friday, August 28, 2020
    7:30 pm
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    Preseason: Green Bay Packers at New York Giants
    Saturday, August 29, 2020
    8:00 pm
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    Preseason: New England Patriots at New York Giants
    Thursday, September 3, 2020
    7:00 pm
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    Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants
    Monday, September 14, 2020
    7:15 pm
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