The New York Giants and New York Jets were adversaries on the football field last season. However, this offseason, the two New York football franchises have united against the construction of a mega-mall right across from the Meadowlands Sports Complex.
The mall developer, Triple Five, is the same company that owns the Mall of America in Minneapolis. Triple Five plans to build a three million square foot complex, complete with restaurants, nightclubs, a movie theater, and an amusement/ water park. Needless to say, the mall would become a relatively significant attraction, and it is estimated that it would bring in many as 55 million customers each year.
Although both the Giants and the Jets initially signed off on the proposal, the lawsuit claims that the scope of the project is far greater than originally advertised. Although the two sides have been negotiating a solution for quite some time now, no agreement has been reached. In a statement released to the press, New York Giants President and CEO John Mara stated the following:
"We are disappointed that this issue could not be resolved prior to filing suit. Yet, we cannot allow any actions to negatively impact our fans' commute, tailgating and game day experience."
Any fan who has gone to a football game at MetLife Stadium knows that the commute to the Meadowlands Sports Complex can be extremely time consuming (obviously, it depends where you are coming from) and at times, even aggravating. Having what may become the biggest mall in the United States built right next door would make for an extremely crowded gameday experience for New York football fans. It is fairly obvious why neither team would want such a big attraction right across the street from their $1.6 billion stadium.
However, there are two sides to every story. Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan recently gave her opinion on the situation.
“I think it’s two billionaires who want their own way and to stop the development in Bergen County,” Donovan said. “How dare they tell us how we’re going to help the people of this area and region. We’ve got 9,000 construction jobs and 12,000 permanent jobs dependent on the finishing of American Dream at Meadowlands.”
This is an interesting situation that has the ability to further complicate the already frustrating commute to MetLife Stadium. It's now up to the courts to decide whether there will be another major attraction at the Meadowlands Sports Complex for many years to come.
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