MetLife Stadium, the home of the Giants and Jets that opened in 2010 is still working out the kinks. That is to be expected. Local fans are still trying to feel the place out and to many, it does not feel like home.
We have our own theories of why home games don't have the feel of a home game and why fans are subject to an inexplicable malaise upon entering the place. The crowds for both teams are not as enthusiastic as they were in the previous venues. Opinions on the subject vary.
That aside, StadiumJourney.com's Samantha Bunten reviewed the new 1.? billion venue and here are some of her observations....
On access and travel to the stadium: "Taking the train to MetLife Stadium couldn't get any easier or any more convenient....Access to the stadium via car, by contrast, is a nightmare. The parking situation is absolutely the worst I've ever seen for a pro sports venue, no contest. It's extremely unclear where to park, and most of the lots are REALLY far from the stadium. Count on 30-40 minutes just to find a spot, then a slow, uncomfortable ride on an old school bus to the stadium entrance from whatever distant lot you wind up having to park in. A few fans I talked to said they even had to take two buses to get there from where they parked.
On the location: "Unfortunately for those who enjoy exploring a stadium's surrounding area pre or post game, that really isn't possible at MetLife Stadium. This is because there is no neighborhood surrounding the stadium....The area surrounding the stadium isn't unpleasant, it's just merely utilitarian. There's simply nothing there to explore beyond stadium facilities."
On the atmosphere: "..he experience of being there feels very impersonal. It doesn't feel much like "home" (though this is at least in part just the byproduct of teams sharing a stadium)..While the seats are small and uncomfortable even by stadium standards, there isn't a bad one in the house. The old Meadowlands Stadium had a lot of obstructed views, even from what you might call "good" seats. Not so here - you feel as though you can see the game and are part of the action even in the upper reaches of the stadium."
On food and beverage: "Prepare yourself for sticker shock. Stadium food, as a rule, is generally neither good nor reasonably priced, but this venue takes that to a whole new level. The food isn't any worse than in any other stadium (the french fries and the steak salad were surprisingly good), but the prices are worse than almost any other pro sports venue I've been to..."
On the fans: "It's been two years since the Giants won the Super Bowl, and they're coming off a disappointing 2009 season, but you would never know it from the fan support the team gets in-house. These folks expect to win, root hard for their team, and know the game inside and out..."