The one thing missing from new Meadowlands Stadium is perhaps the most important part of the new facility. There is no sign anywhere calling the place Giants Stadium. And for the Jets, that is addition by subtraction.
“It is beautiful, I am excited, there are no more red seats,” linebacker Bart Scott said. “It feels like home.”
The Jets christened their new home stadium yesterday morning when they took to the field for an open practice. The Jets, who will share the 80,000 seat facility with the Giants, have spent much of the past three decades playing their home games at Giants Stadium. It never truly felt like home. In fact, the Jets officially referred to Giants Stadium as “The Meadowlands” in all official releases.
“At least when we’re here, we don’t feel like we’re in someone else’s stadium,” Kris Jenkins said.
The place will take some getting used to, especially the new synthetic turf, which is shorter than those in Dallas and New Orleans. A real positive for new kicker Nick Folk.