Now, no one is happy. The Giants, along with the Jets, replaced the utilitarian Giants Stadium with MetLife Stadium, a $1.6 million food court and mall with a football field in the middle of it. The fan experience is a wonderful one. Everyone raves about it. Just one problem, though.....it's still in the swamp.
Travel to and from the game is lengthier than ever, even with the addition of a NJ Transit rail spur that shuttles fans in and out of places like Secaucus and Hoboken. The parking is also still a horror. Mike Philbrick, of the esteemed sports blog Grantland.com summed it all up this week after he attended the Giants-Cowboys game the other night:
"You would think that for $1.6 billion … "
• The roads leading to the stadium could be better than the ones that caused the same traffic nightmares for people going to games in the '70s. At this point I'm fairly confident that HDTV manufacturers spend their lobbying money ensuring that roads surrounding all sporting arenas are never maintained or improved, thus making their product more attractive with every car that tries to sneak into your lane after you've been inching along for 45 minutes...."
• They could figure out how people could park. Do you have season tickets? Great! You get a pass (along with the esteemed right to pay for a PSL). Actually, you get the right to buy a parking pass for the season, or you can buy one on the NFL Ticket Exchange — something most people find out after they get to the game. If you don't have a pass, you need to go to "satellite parking," which, according to this always-handy PDF, means you need to leave where the stadium is, get back on the highway, take a different exit, yadda yadda yadda … and "staff will direct you to satellite parking." That sounds great, except that it doesn't happen. What happens is there are a couple signs, but then there aren't — and then you need to hope that you find it by accident. For those of you who paid several hundred collective dollars for your tickets, it's not really an adventure to look forward to. Oh, and that right to park behind some dark warehouse in an office complex will cost you $35.
• Once you do park on the satellite lots, that they could find a better way of getting you to the stadium than an old-school yellow school bus meant for people no taller than 5-foot-2.