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Giants Stadium
The Meadowlands
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Aerial view of Giants Stadium.
Location 50 Route 120, East Rutherford, New Jersey 07073
Coordinates 40°48′44″N 74°4′37″W / 40.81222°N 74.07694°W / 40.81222; -74.07694Coordinates: 40°48′44″N 74°4′37″W / 40.81222°N 74.07694°W / 40.81222; -74.07694
Owner New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority
Operator New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority
Capacity 80,242[1]
Surface Astroturf 1976 to 1999
Grass 2000 to 2002
FieldTurf 2003 to 2009
Construction
Broke ground November 30, 1972[1]
Opened October 10, 1976
Closed January 3, 2010 (final game)
Demolished February 4, 2010 - August 10, 2010
Construction cost $78 million
($323 million in 2014 dollars[2])
Architect Kivett and Myers[1]
Ewing Cole Erdman & Eubank[1]
Clauss & Nolan[1]
General contractor George A. Fuller Company[1]
Tenants
New York Giants (NFL) (1976-2009)
New York Cosmos (NASL) (1977-1984)
New York Jets (NFL) (1984-January 3, 2010)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (NCAA) (1993)
NY/NJ MetroStars / New York Red Bulls (MLS) (1996-2009)
New Jersey Generals (USFL) (1983-1985)
NY/NJ Knights (WLAF) (1991-1992)
NY/NJ Hitmen (XFL) (2001)
Garden State Bowl (NCAA) (1978-1981)
Big City Classic (2009)
New York Sentinels (UFL) (2009)

Giants Stadium was a stadium located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA, in the Meadowlands Sports Complex. Maximum seating capacity was 80,242.[3] The structure itself was 756 feet (230 m) long, 592 feet (180 m) wide and 144 feet (44 m) high from service level to the top of the seating bowl and 178 feet (54 m) high to the top of the south tower. The volume of the stadium was 64,500,000 cubic feet (1,830,000 m3). 13,500 tons of structural steel were used in the building process and 29,200 tons of concrete were poured.[4] It was owned and operated by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA).

In the early 1970s the New York Giants, who at the time were sharing Yankee Stadium with the New York Yankees baseball team, began looking for a home of their own. In 1973, the Giants signed an agreement to move to New Jersey and play at a new stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands. While the stadium was being built, the Giants played in Connecticut at the Yale Bowl and at Shea Stadium in Queens, sharing the latter with the New York Jets. The Giants moved into their new home in 1976, and in 1984 the Jets joined them after failing to secure a lease renewal with the city of New York to stay in Shea Stadium.

The sharing of the stadium by both the Giants and Jets enabled it to break a record that had long been held by Chicago's Wrigley Field. Entering the 2003 season, its twenty-eighth, Giants Stadium had played host to 364 NFL games, second only to the 365 played at Wrigley by the Chicago Bears in their fifty seasons there. The Giants' season opening game with the St. Louis Rams tied the record, and the following week the Jets' home opener against the Miami Dolphins broke it.

Giants Stadium was closed following the 2009 NFL season following the construction of what is now MetLife Stadium in the surrounding parking lot. The stadium's final event was the January 3, 2010 game featuring the Jets hosting the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday Night Football. A month after the game, demolition of the structure began and was completed on August 10, 2010.

History[edit]

Giants Stadium was the first major league sporting venue in New Jersey (though the Brooklyn Dodgers had played seven home games at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City in 1956 & 1957), and its success, along with that of the Giants in the 1980s was a major impetus behind increased pride and enthusiasm among New Jersey residents.

First year in business[edit]

Giants Stadium opened on October 10, 1976, as 76,042 fans witnessed a loss by the Giants to the Dallas Cowboys. The Giants had played their first four games on the road that season. College football made its debut at Giants Stadium on October 23, 1976, with Rutgers University defeating Columbia 47–0 and extending their winning streak to 14 games.[5]

The New York Giants played their season-opening home game in the stadium on September 18 of the 1977 season (a 20–17 win over the Washington Redskins).[6]

Other pro football teams that have used Giants Stadium[edit]

Other professional football teams that have called Giants Stadium home over the years include the New Jersey Generals of the USFL; the New York/New Jersey Knights of the World League of American Football; the New York/New Jersey Hitmen of the XFL and the New York Sentinels played one game at the stadium in the United Football League inaugural season. The 1985 USFL championship game which turned out to be the last USFL game played was held at Giants Stadium.

In the second week of the 2005 season, the New Orleans Saints used the stadium for a "home" game against the Giants because of extensive damage to the Louisiana Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. One end zone was painted in Saints colors, Saints banners were hung on the walls around the sidelines, and the Saints wore their home jerseys. The game was rescheduled to a Monday night with a special start time of 7:30 PM EDT, preceding the other scheduled game on Monday Night Football.[7] The Giants were normally not visitors at Giants Stadium unless they were playing the Jets.

College football games[edit]

The stadium hosted college football games, including the Garden State Bowl from 1978–1981; the Kickoff Classic from 1983 to 2002; the New York Urban League Classic since 1981; a number of Rutgers homes games (including all their home games during the 1993 season); several Notre DameNavy and Notre Dame–Army games; and the Army–Navy Game on three occasions, most recently in 2002. Syracuse also played two home games at Giants Stadium during the 1979 season, against West Virginia and Penn State, while the Carrier Dome was under construction. Columbia also played some home games at Giants Stadium in 1983, due to construction at its home stadium. Temple, needing a home field due to a schedule conflict with Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, used Giants Stadium as their home field versus Penn State in September 1996. Princeton also played one home game at Giants Stadium (against Yale) during the construction of Princeton's new stadium in 1997.

Soccer at Giants Stadium[edit]

A New York Red Bulls match at Giants Stadium in 2007

The New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League moved to Giants Stadium for the 1977 season and remained until the league folded in 1985. The NASL championship game Soccer Bowl '78 and Soccer Bowl '79 were held at Giants Stadium.

Seven games of the 1994 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament were held at Giants Stadium (including the Italy v Bulgaria semi-final), along with several games of the 1999 Women's World Cup. In 2003, the SuperCoppa Italiana, an annual match pitting the winners of Serie A (Italy's top division) and the Coppa Italia (Italian Cup), was held in Giants Stadium instead of in Italy because both clubs involved (Juventus and AC Milan) were touring the United States late in the summer, when the event is normally scheduled. In 2005, the stadium played host to several matches in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, including the final, which saw the USA defeat Panama, 3–1 in a penalty shootout after the sides played to a scoreless draw. It again held the final 4 years later for the CONCACAF Gold Cup which saw Mexico defeat the USA 5-0. It has seen many European soccer tours in recent years, hosting games involving such major soccer clubs as Manchester United, Celtic F.C, Chelsea, Liverpool, F.C Barcelona, and Rangers F.C..

It also hosted England's 3-2 victory over Colombia on May 31, 2005.[8] That match saw Peter Crouch and Robert Green make their England debut.

The New York Red Bulls (formerly the New York/New Jersey MetroStars) of Major League Soccer played at the stadium for their first fourteen seasons. They moved to the soccer-specific Red Bull Arena in nearby Harrison, New Jersey in 2010.

1988 Marlboro Cup (New York)[edit]

Date Team #1 Result Team #2 Round
August 19, 1988 Peru Sporting Cristal 1-1 (6–5 on pen.) Portugal Benfica Semi-finals
Ecuador Barcelona S.C. 0-0 (7–6 on pen.) Colombia Atlético Nacional
August 21, 1988 Portugal Benfica 3-2 Colombia Atlético Nacional Third Place Match
Peru Sporting Cristal 4-0 Ecuador Barcelona S.C. Final

1989 Marlboro Cup (New York)[edit]

Date Team #1 Result Team #2 Round
June 2, 1989  Peru 2-1 Colombia America de Cali Semi-finals
 United States 2-1 Portugal Benfica
June 4, 1989 Portugal Benfica 2-1 Colombia America de Cali Third Place Match
 Peru 0-3  United States Final

1990 Marlboro Cup (New York)[edit]

Date Team #1 Result Team #2 Round
August 10, 1990 Peru Alianza Lima 1-0 Portugal Sporting Semi-finals
Brazil Flamengo 1-0  United States
August 12, 1990  United States 2-1 Portugal Sporting Third Place Match
Brazil Flamengo 1-0 Peru Alianza Lima Final

1994 FIFA World Cup matches[edit]

Date Time (EDT) Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Spectators
June 18, 1994 16.00  Italy 0–1  Republic of Ireland Group E 75,338
June 23, 1994 16.00  Italy 1–0  Norway 74,624
June 25, 1994 12.30  Morocco 1–2  Saudi Arabia Group F 76,322
June 28, 1994 12.30  Republic of Ireland 0–0  Norway Group E 72,404
July 5, 1994 16.30  Mexico 1–1 (1–3 on pen.)  Bulgaria Round of 16 71,030
July 10, 1994 12.00  Bulgaria 2–1  Germany Quarterfinals 72,000
July 13, 1994 16.00  Bulgaria 1–2  Italy Semifinals 74,110

1996 United States Cup matches[edit]

Main article: 1996 U.S. Cup
Date Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Spectators
June 12, 1996  Mexico 0–1  Republic of Ireland Game 3 of 6 21,322
June 15, 1996  Republic of Ireland 1–0  Bolivia Game 5 of 6 14,624

1996 & 1997 Major League Soccer All-Star Games[edit]

Giants Stadium hosted the first two Major League Soccer All-Star Game's ever played. The games were played in East vs. West format. The 1996 game was the first game of a doubleheader. That second game was between Brazilian soccer team and a team of FIFA All-Stars

1996:

Date Game Team #1 Result Team #2 Spectators
July 14, 1996 Game 1 of 2 East 3-2 West 78,416
Game 2 of 2  Brazil 2-1 FIFA All-Stars

1997:

Date Team #1 Result Team #2 Spectators
July 14, 1996 East 5-4 West 24,816

1999 FIFA Women's World Cup matches[edit]

Date Time (EDT) Team #1 Result Team #2 Group Spectators
June 19, 1999 15.00  United States 3–0  Denmark Group A 78,972
17.30  Brazil 7–1  Mexico Group B
June 26, 1999 12.00  Canada 1–4  Russia Group C 29,401
14.30  China PR 3–1  Australia Group D

2000 Nike United States Cup matches[edit]

Main article: 2000 U.S. Cup
Date Time (EDT) Team #1 Result Team #2 Spectators
June 11, 1996 13.00  United States 3–0  Mexico 45,008
15.30  Republic of Ireland 2–1  South Africa

United States won the 2000 Nike U.S. Cup in Game 1 of the doubleheader

2003 Supercoppa Italiana[edit]

Date Time (EDT) Team #1 Result Team #2 Spectators
August 3, 2003 21.00 Italy Juventus
2002-03 Serie A Winners
1-1 (5-3 on pen.) Italy A.C. Milan
2002-03 Coppa Italia Winners
54,128

2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup matches[edit]

Date Time (EDT) Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Spectators
July 21, 2005 18.00  Honduras 1–2  United States Semifinal 41,721
21.00  Colombia 2–3  Panama
July 24, 2005 15.00  United States 0-0 (3-1 on pen.)  Panama Final 31,018

Colombia, a CONMEBOL member, were invited to compete in the CONCACAF tournament, along with South Africa.

2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup matches[edit]

Only four games in Group C were played at Giants Stadium.

Date Time (EDT) Team #1 Result Team #2 Spectators
June 8, 2007 19.00  Panama 3–2  Honduras 20,230
21.00  Mexico 2–1  Cuba
June 10, 2007 16.00  Honduras 2–1  Mexico 68,123
18.00  Panama 2–2  Cuba

2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final[edit]

Date Time (EDT) Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Spectators
July 26, 2009 15.00  United States 0-5  Mexico Final 79,156

Pope John Paul II at Giants Stadium[edit]

The second largest crowd to ever attend an event at Giants Stadium was 82,948, as Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass during a rainstorm on October 5, 1995. The record was broken on September 24, 2009 with an attendance of 84,472 at the U2 concert.

Concerts[edit]

Giants Stadium in 2006

The stadium played host to Amnesty International's final A Conspiracy of Hope Benefit Concert on June 15, 1986. The show was a sold-out, all-day event, running from noon until 11 p.m. and broadcast on MTV. The show was headlined by U2 and Sting and also featured Bryan Adams, Peter Gabriel, Joan Baez, The Neville Brothers and The Police. Additional artists that performed include John Eddie, with Max Weinberg, Third World, The Hooters, Peter, Paul and Mary, Steven van Zandt, with Bob Geldof, Stanley Jordan, Joan Armatrading, Jackson Browne, Rubén Blades, with Fela Kuti and Carlos Santana, Yoko Ono, Howard Jones, Miles Davis and Joni Mitchell. Spoken introductions were made by Billy Graham, Bill Bradley, Daryl Hannah, Robert De Niro, Christopher Reeve, Michael J. Fox and Muhammed Ali. Pete Townshend was scheduled to perform, but cancelled at the last minute, when his father, Cliff Townshend, became gravely ill, which would have been his first US solo appearance. This also marked The Police's final full-live performance together, until their 2007 Reunion Tour, 21 years later.

The stadium played host to The Tattoo the Earth Tour on July 20, 2000. The show featured performances by Slipknot, Slayer, Sevendust, Sepultura, Hed PE, Mudvayne, downset., Hatebreed, Full Devil Jacket, Famous, Amen, U.P.O., Nothingface, PPM, Cold, Relative Ash, Systematic, Six Feet Under, Candiria, Lamb of God, God Forbid, Darkest Hour, Unearth, All That Remains, Dropkick Murphys, Sick of It All, Tiger Army, Converge, The Unseen, Reach the Sky, Stretch Arm Strong, Kill Your Idols and Nashville Pussy, including the only appearance by Metallica during the tour and also featured 42 tattoo artists from Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Malaysia, Manitoba, Spain, Switzerland and the US.

The stadium has also played host to music festivals, including The Monsters of Rock Festival, Music at the Meadowlands, Ozzfest and The Bamboozle (in the parking lot, annually, since 2003).

Dave Matthews Band played the stadium 9 times from 1998-2001, including three nights each in 2000 and 2001. On June 11, 2001 (the first of three nights), the band played the song "Two Step", where Dave Matthews sung the improvisational lyrics "let it rain", where then a thunderstorm broke out. This has been called "Two Step In The Rain" by fans, and can be heard on The Best of What's Around Vol. 1. When Matthews learned of the closing of Giants Stadium, he said "I can't imagine I'll ever fall in love with a stadium like I did with Giants Stadium."

Many locals say it is the home turf of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, due to the fact that they came from Freehold, New Jersey. Several songs on his 1986 live album Live/1975-85 were recorded at shows at the stadium in August 1985.

Springsteen wrote the song "Wrecking Ball" in response to the closing of the stadium and in 2009 performed it for the first time at the final five concerts at Giants Stadium.[9] It would go on to be the title track of his next studio album, released over two years later.

Seating Capacity[edit]

The seating capacity over the years went as the following:

  • 76,891 (1976–1993)[10]
  • 77,121 (1994)[11]
  • 78,148 (1995–1998)[12]
  • 79,469 (1999–2001)[13]
  • 80,242 (2002–2010)[14]

Demolition[edit]

Demolition work on Giants Stadium began at approximately 10:00 AM EST on February 4, 2010 at the Gate B spirals, the closest point to the new stadium. The demolition work was expected to cost more than $10 million and took approximately four months to complete.[15][16] As of May 10, 2010 approximately 50% of the Stadium had been demolished. On May 19, 2010 at 8:30pm, demolition crews pulled down the press box, the highest part of the stadium. In the early afternoon of June 28, 2010, the last section of stadium grandstand came down, leaving just two later demolished upper level escalators standing. Much of the stadium's memorabilia was sold to a sports memorabilia company, such as the framed pictures from the suites, all of the building's signage and a good portion of the saved bowl seats. Other property was liquidated to other NJSEA facilities such as the IZOD Center and Monmouth Park Racetrack.

Changes and co-tenants[edit]

Giants Stadium during a December 17, 2005 game between the Giants and Kansas City Chiefs

To accommodate these varied events, Giants Stadium sported various playing surfaces in its history. From its opening until the end of the 1999 NFL season, Giants Stadium sported an AstroTurf playing surface. This surface was covered by Bermuda grass sod for the World Cup in 1994, identical to that at the Rose Bowl where the other semifinal and the finals were held (so that both teams in the finals would have played on identical surfaces). The grass was removed after the World Cup, as it would have died in the New Jersey winter. The MetroStars installed a grass field with interchangeable trays each spring that was removed prior to football season, forcing the team to play the remainder of its season on the AstroTurf field used by the football teams. (It should be noted that when the New York Cosmos called Giants Stadium home, they played on the stadium's artificial surface and never used a grass field.)

The AstroTurf was replaced in 2000 by a system of interchangeable grass trays similar to those put in place for soccer, but was kept in place under the trays to aid in draining the field when it got wet. Over the next three years, the conditions would worsen as the season went on and the field quality was typically rated just as low as the old, hard AstroTurf had been. Giants Stadium finally scrapped the grass in favor of FieldTurf for the 2003 season, a surface which remained in place until the stadium closed.

The New York Jets left Shea Stadium and moved to Giants Stadium in 1984 after years of suffering under onerous lease terms imposed at the insistence of baseball's New York Mets. When they moved across the Hudson, many predicted the stadium would be renamed. While the Jets were attracted by the stadium's larger capacity (it held 15,000 more seats than Shea did in its football configuration), they were understandably displeased at the prospect of playing in a facility named after another team. However, under the terms of the stadium lease, changing the name of the stadium required the approval of the Giants, and they were unwilling to do so. As such, for years afterward the Jets referred to Giants Stadium as "The Meadowlands" whenever they played there. Eventually the Jets began referring to the stadium by its name.

Thanks largely to the dual occupancy of Giants Stadium by two NFL teams since 1984, it surpassed Wrigley Field (home of the Chicago Bears for fifty seasons) as the venue to have hosted more NFL games than any other in league history. The game played between the Jets and Miami Dolphins on September 14, 2003 was the 366th regular season NFL game at Giants Stadium breaking Wrigley's regular season record.[17]

Since the stadium was originally built for the Giants, the stadium's lower walls were blue and the seats and the stadium's four gates were red and blue to reflect that. When the Jets moved in, green banners were hung over the walls and eventually over the outer gates of the stadium anytime the team hosted a game.[18]

In mid-December, traditionally the stadium hosted a Saturday-Sunday NFL doubleheader, with the Giants playing a home game one day and the Jets playing the other. The night between the games was a challenge for the stadium grounds crew, as they only had hours to convert the stadium from one team's colors to the other. As per the NFL schedule, the Giants and the Jets play each other once every four years. In that case, there was a predetermined home team, and a predetermined away team. In those games, the away team gets a rare away game in their own home stadium. The Giants and Jets typically play each other every year in the third week of the NFL Preseason, and the teams annually rotated the home and away teams.

The Jimmy Hoffa urban legend[edit]

For some years, a popular urban legend purported that the remains of Jimmy Hoffa, whose disappearance coincided with construction of the stadium, had been buried under one of the end zones at the field.[19] This led Sports Illustrated to suggest that this "takes on special meaning when a punter goes for the 'coffin corner.'"[20] In a similar vein, sportscaster Marv Albert once said that a team was "kicking towards the Hoffa end of the field." This was tested by the Discovery Channel show Mythbusters, and they were unable to find any sign of a body.

Notable moments[edit]

New York Jets playing at Giants Stadium, November 2001
  • January 14, 2001: On a field of painted mud, the New York Giants defeated the Minnesota Vikings 41–0 in the NFC Championship Game in front of 79,310 in attendance to send the Giants to Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa.[41]
  • July–August 2003: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band broke their own record with 10 sold-out shows on the Rising Tour.[42]
  • December 20, 2003: The New England Patriots defeated the New York Jets 21-16 in ESPN's 200th NFL regular season game.[43][44]
  • October 10, 2004: The Television show "Queer Eye For The Straight Guy" filmed "A Pigskin Proposal" prior to and during a New York Jets home game. It featured a pregame tailgating party and a halftime proposal where Brian Mortensen proposed to Rachel Groeneveld. |url=http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0932193/.html
  • September 1, 2005: The punk rock band Green Day sold out Giants Stadium with Against Me! and Jimmy Eat World. It was their biggest concert played in North America.[45]
  • December 26, 2005: The New York Jets & The New England Patriots played each other in a classic battle on the last Monday Night Football game on ABC. The Patriots defeated the Jets 31–21.[46]
  • January 8, 2006: The largest crowd to witness a Giant game, 79,378, watched a Giants 23–0 playoff loss to the Carolina Panthers.[47]
  • July 29, 2006: Bon Jovi played their eighth consecutive sell-out of Giants Stadium. This was also the last concert of their Have a Nice Day Tour.
  • July 7, 2007: The "New York" portion of Live Earth, a worldwide series of concerts of pop and rock music featuring various bands and musical artists planned to inspire global warming activism, was held at Giants Stadium.[48] Kenna, KT Tunstall, Taking Back Sunday, Keith Urban, Ludacris, AFI, Fall Out Boy, Akon, John Mayer, Melissa Etheridge, Alicia Keys, Dave Matthews Band, Kelly Clarkson, Kanye West, The Smashing Pumpkins, Roger Waters, Bon Jovi and The Police all performed.[citation needed]
  • August 18, 2007: 66,237 attended as the largest crowd ever for a regular-season MLS match at Giants Stadium (or any match between two MLS teams here).[49] The MetroStars/Red Bulls previously had several matches with 50,000–65,000, and this day's match was also their highest attendance home or away for a regular-season match. This LA Galaxy versus Red Bulls match also set a new high for an MLS match that was not a part of a double-header, even beating the highest MLS Cup Final attendance (in 2002: 61,316).
  • September 9, 2007: New England Patriots CB Ellis Hobbs set an NFL record by taking the second-half kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown against the New York Jets in a 38–14 opening day victory. The play also tied the record for the longest play in NFL history at the time, matching the 108-yard missed field goal returns by the Chicago Bears' Devin Hester against the Giants in 2006, and the Bears' Nathan Vasher the previous season against San Francisco.[50] That record was broken 8 weeks later when San Diego Chargers CB Antonio Cromartie returned a missed field-goal 109 yards for a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings.
  • December 29, 2007: The New England Patriots closed out their undefeated 16–0 regular season at Giants Stadium with a 38–35 win over the New York Giants in front of a record regular season crowd on 79,110. In the fourth quarter, Patriots QB Tom Brady broke Peyton Manning's NFL record of 49 TD passes set in 2004, with his NFL record 50th TD pass, a 65-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Randy Moss, who on the same play set the record for most touchdown receptions in a single season with 23, breaking the record held previously by Jerry Rice with 22 touchdown receptions set in 1987.[51]
  • June 8, 2008: The USA played then world #1 Argentina to a scoreless draw in front of a crowd of 78,682.[52]
  • July 26, 2009: In the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final 79,156 fans witnessed Mexico beat the USA 5–0, Mexico's first win against the USA on American soil in a decade.[53]
  • September 23–24, 2009: U2 played two consecutive sold out shows at Giants Stadium, their last two shows of the famous venue, as part of their U2 360 tour. On the second night of the performance, Bono announced that the attendance record has been broken. He also joked that "not even the pope had as many people there." The final attendance was 84,467.[54]
  • October 9, 2009: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played in the final concert at Giants Stadium. The concert capped a five-night stand of performances in September and October, highlighting Springsteen's classic albums, Born To Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town, and Born In The USA as well as debuting a new song in honor of New Jersey and Giants Stadium entitled, "Wrecking Ball." [55]
  • October 24, 2009: The final soccer game at Giants Stadium was played between the New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC, with New York winning 5–0.[56]
  • December 27, 2009: The Giants played their final home game in the stadium against the Carolina Panthers, losing by a score of 41–9.[57]
  • January 3, 2010: The Jets defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 37–0 in the final game at Giants Stadium. The victory would also earn the Jets a playoff berth.[58]

In popular culture[edit]

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