Inside Metlife Stadium – Arty 84 NFL Stadium Reviews
Stadium Name: MetLife Stadium
Team: New York Giants
League: NFL – NFC East
Years Visited: 2016
Opposing Team: New Orleans Saints
Date Opened: 2010
Date Closed: NA
Overall Rating: (1-10) 8
Beer Price Rank (2015): 28th highest in the NFL
Ticket Price Rank (2015): 7th highest in the NFL
Notable Award: Was home to Super Bowl XLVIII which was the first modern outdoor super bowl in a northern climate.
Review & Journey:
After seeing all the MLB Stadiums out there, the next task was to see all the others sports stadiums and arenas. This was my second time at MetLife stadium, firs time was to see the Jets, but this was a lot better of an experience. First off, Giants fans are a lot nicer than Jets fans. Second, I had gone in September where it was a beautiful day, rather then ice cold like the Jets game. Third of course is because this time i took the first lady along with me on the trip, wink wink.
We left early morning from our DC apartment and heading up to East Rutherford. The ride is about 4 hours so we planned on getting into the parking lot around 9/9:30. Getting into the stadium parking was very easy. They have their own exit right off the highway. Once we got into the parking lot, that was a different story. Apparently you need to buy a packing pass ahead of time to park in the lots, which no one told us about. Luckily this is an issue that happens all the time (5 other cars behind us had the same issue) so there was an easily solution. The lady told us to go on Stubhub and buy a pass from there and show it to here, once we did that we were ready to party.
The Blue lot is where we ended up and it was a quick 10 minute walk to the stadium gate. Tailgaters where a good time and we were able to setup camp with the white van and no one bother us, even after we raised the saints flag high above us. I cooked up some treats, made some drinks and other than the wind taking the tent away and scratching the guy next to us Audi, everything went pretty good.
The stadium was easy to get into. Last time I was here I went in via train and it seemed like more of a cluster bang, but walking in this time was a lot easier. Even though there was a terrorist attack in the day before in NYC, the security was pretty simple to get in. Once in, it is very easy to navigate around the stadium. Wide concourses and lots of signs makes it easy to get to the seats. There are plenty of restrooms to get to and plenty of options of food and drinks, and the lines we not to bad, evening on a sold out opening stadium day.
The game ended up with a home team Giants win over the Saints 13-16 and lots of happy Giants lovers. “Why did the guy bring the ladder to the game? the giants where playing” We did a post game tailgate to wait for the traffic to die down and then hit the road about an hour after game time. At that point the flow was lighter than after game time and we moved consistently until we got to the turnpike then we were home free.
The overall experience was great. NFL stadiums seem to have it down with getting people in and out and getting around. This was one of the easiest in and out and very convenient when you needed stuff. This is diffidently a stadium to go to if your team in playing NY. Either drive to the game or take the bus or train from Manhattan. When your there, where your team colors proud to, Giants fans are real football fans and respect what the NFL, not like the animals in Philly, sorry Philly.
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