JETS 101

Home sweet home. There’s nothing quite like it. The New York Jets have called MetLife Stadium home since it was opened in 2010, and the New Jersey hub has now become synonymous not just with the Jets but with New York football.

One of only two stadiums in the NFL that is shared by two teams (SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, home of the Rams and Chargers being the other), the Jets and New York Giants embarked on the joint venture to create a permanent home in the mid-2000s, with ground first broken on the site in 2007.

Before MetLife, the Jets had shared a stadium with their cross-town rivals the Giants for several decades, often seeking a new permanent home to call their own. The eventual joint venture to create MetLife was the first of its kind in NFL history.

Able to hold 82,500 fans, it is the largest NFL stadium in terms of capacity, and was also the most expensive in league history at the time of its construction, at $1.6 billion.

MetLife has also frequently served as a venue for major concerts, from Bon Jovi in May 2010 to Elton John in May 2022. It has also been selected as a stadium for the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup in USA, Canada and Mexico, having hosted a number of football matches since it was opened.

The Jets and Giants play each other annually in the preseason, with this Sunday marking the 2022 edition of the series. In regular season match-ups, the Jets are 2-1 against the Giants at MetLife, with the most recent victory coming in 2019 by a score of 34-27.

Nearby Meadowlands station serves as the primary public transit link, with ‘Meadowlands Stadium’ serving as the name for the first season of the stadium’s existence until MetLife came on board as naming partner in 2011.

The Jets will host nine games at MetLife over the course of the 2022 season, beginning week one against the Baltimore Ravens on 11 September and ending with the week 18 matchup against division rivals the Miami Dolphins in January.

With any luck, there may be a playoff game or two to follow as well…