The New York Giants didn’t have a permanent home during their first 50 years as an NFL franchise. Instead they shared stadiums with other sports teams. The Giants played at the New York Baseball Giants’ Polo Grounds for the first thirty years, Yankee Stadium from 1956 to 1973, the Yale Bowl from 1973-1974, and the New York Mets’ Shea Stadium in 1975. In 1976, the Giants finally got their own home located outside New York City in the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It was called Giants Stadium and served as the home of the Giants through 2009.
In 2007, the construction for a new stadium had started directly adjacent to Giants Stadium. With a construction cost of $1.6 billion (financed privately), the New Meadowlands Stadium was the most expensive in the NFL and is also the largest with a capacity of 82,500 thanks to its four levels of seating. Fans from every seat can watch replays as there are four video screens at every corner of the stadium. The Giants share the stadium 50/50 with the New York Jets, so the stadium’s exterior and interior features are always constantly changing to represent the current home team. The stadium’s signature feature is the Great Wall, a 400’ x 40’ rectangular wall located on the stadium’s exterior that displays pictures of the team’s players and historic moments. The two teams have played at the New Meadowlands Stadium since 2010, and are expected to continue doing so for many years to come as the lease can reach up to 97 years. In 2011, the insurance company MetLife purchased the stadium’s naming rights, so the stadium is now known as MetLife Stadium.
Besides NFL football games, MetLife Stadium hosts international soccer games, popular music concerts, and college football games. Major upcoming events include the World Wrestling Entertainment’s Wrestle Mania XXIX in 2013 and Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014.