Demolition of the Giants Stadium got under way yesterday to make way for the new Meadowlands Stadium which is scheduled to be completed by April 2010.

The Giants Stadium, which was the home of NFL teams, the Giants and the Jets from 1976 and 1984 respectively, will be be replaced by a state-of-the-art 82,500 all-seater stadium.

At a capacity of 80,200 the Giants Stadium opened in 1976 and for over 30 years provided the setting for some very memorable NFL matches and College Football games.

The stadium was only used for American football though, and during the FIFA World Cup in 1994 it was used as a venue for seven games during the tournament including the Semi-Final between Italy and Bulgaria.

European soccer has played its part in using the stadium in the past with the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Glasgow Rangers, Celtic, Barcelona, Juventus and AC Milan all staging games during pre-season tours.

The record attendance at the Giants Stadium was set at 84,472 fans when rock legends U2 performed at the stadium in 2009.

Other music concerts to have been put on at the stadium include Bon Jovi, Elton John, Metallica, Guns N 'Roses, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones and the Jackson 5.

Demolition of the Giants Stadium is expected to be completed in March 2010.

Posted on 05/02/2010