It’s been a while.
I know, I know, no fault of yours. But let’s just say… the Jersey topic train just hasn’t been rolling through the station too frequently. Plus, I’ve been caught up with a few other things in my life (namely my job, personal life, and exciting new fitness goals) – but let’s not dwell on the boring stuff. What I want to talk about is a little place you may have heard of: the New Meadowlands Stadium.
Ahh, the Meadowlands. Home of landfills, pollution, and sewage. Until 1972, the Meadowlands were simply dying ecosystems in Northern New Jersey. They were probably one of the major reasons why non-New Jerseyans despised our state so much (that, and the stretch of the Turnpike near Newark Airport). Once the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority got started, we had Brendan Byrne Arena, then the Continental Airlines Arena, and now the Izod Center. But that’s not my point.
The point of this blog post is to highlight one of the newest stadiums home to a National Football League team. Now, the New Meadowlands Stadium only opened a few months ago, but it’s already seen its fair share of play. I was lucky enough to snag $18 seats (thank you, U.S. Army!) through my significant other, and I thought I’d use the viewing opportunity to pass judgment on the most expensive sports stadium ever built.
Let’s just characterize my relationship with NMS as love/hate.
1. The food. Surprised? I bet you are. NMS provided me with a tasty bucket of chicken fingers AND french fries for a relatively affordable price. Actual cost? To be determined. I didn’t actually make this purchase myself, but I enjoyed the fries and their finger-lickin’ after effects.
2. The Meadowlands Rail Line. Maybe this doesn’t really count as a positive for NMS, given that it opened a year prior to the stadium. However, the transportation from nearly anywhere in central/northern New Jersey to the stadium, minus the cost of parking, is AMAZING. I give the rail line and NJ Transit two thumbs up for this magical train of efficiency.
3. My Ladanian Tomlinson Fathead poster. I was looking all over for a way to showcase my love for the Jets. Thanks NMS, for handing out free Fathead posters at the end of the game. Too bad I still have to collect the remaining five players.
1. The drinks. I know, I know. I just told you how much I liked the food at NMS (and the affordable pricing, at least for the chicken fingers basket). However, the Diet Coke was just plain disgusting. Maybe there was a problem with the soda fountain that day, but I say, no excuses.
2. Sharing. I HATE sharing. Boo on having to share your favorite team’s stadium with another team. The worst thing about NMS is that it’s only one stadium. The good thing is… it’s no longer named after said other team.
3. The quiet. NMS is already notorious for being a relatively quiet stadium. SO not a good thing, unless you’re Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers yukked it up after the game, explaing that “it wasn’t as loud as I expected. All of us were very surprised, a 5-1 team, as well as they were playing, it wasn’t a louder stadium.” Maybe it’s the fans, or maybe it’s the design of the stadium. No one wants to be known as surprisingly quiet.
All in all, NMS? You’re not too bad. I’ll come back with a different review after my trip to the 2014 Superbowl.