Jets and Giants Fans Help Put Finishing Touches on the Field at The New Meadowlands Stadium
One hundred lucky Jets and Giants season ticket holders participated in a once in a lifetime experience that involved assisting with the completion of the field turf installation at New Meadowlands Stadium.
On Tuesday morning, December 8 the happy Jets and Giants fans joined New Meadowlands Stadium Company President and CEO, Mark Lamping, Jets owner Woody Johnson and Jets player Nick Mangold , New York Giants Co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, Giants wide receiver Kevin Boss and corner back Corey Webster to spread the field infill and put their own personal finishing touches on the new playing field.
Following welcoming remarks by team owners the season ticket holders were treated to personal conversations and an autograph and photo session with the players and owners. Representatives from Field Turf, the official surface supplier for New Meadowlands Stadium, were also on hand to answer questions about the new playing surface.
The press was treated to a tour of the new stadium including suites and the planned press box. We were required to wear hard hats and safety glasses throughout our time at the new facility, which is still very much under construction.
The tour leader for my group was Mark Lamping, President and CEO of the New Meadowlands Stadium Company. He pointed out that upon completion the new stadium, yet to be officially named, will have seating for 82,500 spectators and will be the third largest stadium in the National Football League. Some of the highlights of the new stadium will include four massive 30x118 foot HD video display screens in each of the stadium corners; a 48” by 2200’ ribbon board that will circle the interior bowl of the stadium. We were told that there will also be 2100 plus HD monitors placed throughout the stadium and 20HD video pylons from 20’ x 40’ to 20’ x 60’.
On the outside of the new stadium a 350,000-square foot outdoor plaza filled with fancentric activities and pregame entertainment zones. A brand new rail line that will drop off passengers directly in front of the stadium is something that will make stadium visitors very happy. The total trip from Penn Station will take less than 20 minutes.
There will probably be further tours of the new stadium after it is completed. At this stage the interior of the stadium looks like a construction site. The only part of the stadium that looks like a football stadium is the beautiful green playing surface with all its yard makers and stripes.