$1.6 BILLION MEADOWLANDS HOSTS FIRST NFL MATCH

New York Jets and New York Giants will meet for their opening pre-season match at their new stadium tomorrow.

It will be the first NFL game at the $1.6 billion Meadowlands Stadium which has taken three years to build.

The 82,500-seat stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey has already sold out in anticipation of the enthralling match between the two rivals.

Jets Quarter-back Mark Sanchez said:  “I’m excited to see how the fans react, to see how the locker room is on a game day, to get out on the field and see that stadium.

“It looks great with nobody in it. I think it will look even better with people. It will be a big time rivalry game -- us against the Giants. That will be fun.”

It is the first time since 1983 that the Jets and Giants have met for their opening preseason game.

Giants quarterback, Eli Manning, said: “I’m definitely excited about being in the new stadium. We haven’t even been in our own locker room yet.”

Both teams have identical locker rooms in size and signage can be remotely changed to suit either the Jets and Giants.

The stadium has hosted other events from college lacrosse tournaments and soccer exhibitions to concerts but this will be the first NFL game.

Posted on 15/08/2010