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Building NJ Sports Complex 1975-1976
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Meadowlands Sports Complex 3 Mets Life Secacus NJ
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Hidden in Plain View - Live @ Bamboozle Festival - Meadowlands Sports Complex 05-07-2006
Published: 2013/01/30
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Shots Fired At Meadowlands Fair In NJ
Published: 2017/06/23
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Meadowlands Sports Complex 2 Met Life Secacus NJ
Published: 2013/08/18
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Meadowlands Sports Complex 1 Secacus NJ Mets Life
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The American Dream Mall, Whose Dream Is It?
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Xanadu Snow Dome at Meadowlands, NJ
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Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Flood - Meadowlands Sports Complex, NJ 5/17/1988
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Clear Vision (S.Zeron/J.Lappe) The Meadowlands Preferred Pace
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American Dream Gets a Financial Shot in the Arm
American Dream Gets a Financial Shot in the Arm
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Meadowlands State Fair lion Show
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Monster Jam Hot Wheels Metlife New Jersey 2017
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A Tribute to the Meadowlands: The New Jersey Devils
A Tribute to the Meadowlands: The New Jersey Devils' First Home
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INSIDE LOOK at SUPER BOWL 2014- MetLife Stadium TOUR
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Sports Bar Near Meadowlands | Grappa 46 | Metlife Stadium | Grappa 46
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MetLife Video
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Ted Nugent - (Continental Airlines Arena) E. Rutherford,Nj 6.28.01 (Meadowlands)
Published: 2015/09/20
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State Fair Meadowlands 2014 (Music Video)
State Fair Meadowlands 2014 (Music Video)
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Autocross Meadowlands Oct 10 2015 Run 2
Published: 2015/10/11
Channel: Michael Pagan
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New Jersey Transit HD: Riding Meadowlands Shuttle Train 1975 On 7/13/13
Published: 2013/07/14
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IS: KONE MonoSpace MRL Traction Elevator @ Meadowlands Sports Complex Deck 23, E. Rutherford, NJ
Published: 2010/08/28
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NJ Transit Ride through the Meadowlands
NJ Transit Ride through the Meadowlands
Published: 2009/01/30
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Rolling Stones - Hang Fire LIVE HD East Rutherford, New Jersey '81
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Autocross Meadowlands Oct 10 2015 Run 3
Published: 2015/10/11
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Roger Waters Dress Rehearsal Meadowlands Arena East Rutherford, NJ 5/21/17 First Two Songs
Published: 2017/05/22
Channel: Jonathan Clarke
In spite of at IZOD CENTER, Meadowlands NJ
In spite of at IZOD CENTER, Meadowlands NJ
Published: 2008/11/06
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Autocross Meadowlands Oct 10 2015 Run 5
Published: 2015/10/11
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Meadowlands Concert
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1990 Marlboro Grand Prix
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The Meadowlands, Secaucus, NJ : 2014
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Channel: Nicholas Prior
American Dream receives $1.67B in financing
American Dream receives $1.67B in financing
Published: 2017/05/22
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KONE MonoSpace Elevator @ Parking Deck 23 at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, NJ
KONE MonoSpace Elevator @ Parking Deck 23 at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, NJ
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Published: 2013/09/30
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Xanadu Meadowlands at the New York Times Travel Show
Published: 2009/04/15
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Bon Jovi - Raise Your Hands - Meadowlands, NJ - 5-29-2010
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1983 Meadowlands WHY NOT Peter Haughton Memorial Mickey McNichol
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NJ Meadowlands State Fair 7/1/2015
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WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE

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A view of the complex from the air in 2008

The Meadowlands Sports Complex is a sports and entertainment complex located in East Rutherford, Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, owned and operated by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA).[1]

The complex currently consists of MetLife Stadium, which is home to the New York Giants and New York Jets of the National Football League; Meadowlands Racetrack, one of the more famous harness racing circuits in the sport and home of the annual Hambletonian Stakes; and the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, which is the Giants' practice facility.

The complex is also the home to the under-construction American Dream Meadowlands entertainment venue and the now-closed Izod Center, which served as a home for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League, Seton Hall University's men's basketball team, and the team the arena was built for, the now-Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association.

History[edit]

In the mid-1960s, civic leaders in New Jersey began calling for a sports complex in the New Jersey Meadowlands that would be able to lure a National Football League team from New York City. The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority Law was passed by the New Jersey Legislature in 1971 and signed by then–Governor of New Jersey William T. Cahill. The first chairman of the NJSEA was David A. "Sonny" Werblin, former president of the NFL's New York Jets. By year's end, Werblin had secured a deal for the New York Giants, who were then playing in Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, to move to the Meadowlands. Ground was broken on Giants Stadium and the Meadowlands Racetrack on November 19, 1972.

To accommodate the new facility, access roads were improved. The New Jersey Turnpike, which had been suffering the burden of increased traffic volumes near its northern terminus in Ridgefield Park, built a new alignment, the "western spur", with an exit, interchange 16W, leading directly to the sports complex as well as to Route 3. Routes 3 and 20 (now 120) also received improvements.

On September 1, 1976, the Meadowlands Racetrack became the first complex venue to open, featuring harness racing. The track drew a capacity crowd of 42,133 for its initial date. Giants Stadium opened on October 10, 1976, as 76,042 fans watched the New York Giants lose to the Dallas Cowboys, 24–14.

By 1977, plans were in the works to expand the complex. A new arena was to be built on the opposite side of Route 20 from the stadium and racetrack, connected by vehicle ramps and a pedestrian bridge. Brendan Byrne Arena, named for the sitting governor, opened July 2, 1981, with the first of six sold-out shows by musician Bruce Springsteen. The arena was renamed for its corporate sponsor, Continental Airlines (now United Airlines), in early 1996, and again in 2007 for Izod.

In 2007, construction began on a mega-mall, named Meadowlands Xanadu. Work came to a halt in 2009, and Triple Five, owners of the Mall of America, took over the project in 2011.

The New Jersey Devils left the complex when the Prudential Center was finished in 2008, followed by the New Jersey Nets, who moved there in 2010, leaving the Izod Center devoid of a main tenant but free to host more concerts and events. Giants Stadium closed in at the end of the 2009 NFL season and demolition started immediately. In September 2010, MetLife Stadium, then known as New Meadowlands Stadium, opened for its first game. It was privately built and funded by the Jets and Giants. A commuter train line and a training center for the Giants also opened at the same time.

MetLife bought the naming rights for the stadium and the entire complex in August 2011.

From Secaucus

In addition to the three venues, the complex also hosts events in the MetLife Stadium parking lot. State Fair Meadowlands (formerly called the Meadowlands Fair, and not affiliated with the New Jersey State Fair held annually in Sussex County) began in 1986 and has been operated by State Fair of Belleville since 2003. The parking lot is also the home of a twice-weekly flea market, which is canceled when the parking spaces are needed for stadium events.

The NJSEA hires in-house security and emergency medical services staff to serve the venues at the Sports Complex, including MetLife Stadium. Law enforcement is primarily provided by the New Jersey State Police Sports Complex Unit.

Venues[edit]

MetLife Stadium[edit]

MetLife Stadium is the home stadium for the New York Giants and New York Jets of the National Football League and is the only facility home to two NFL franchises. The stadium opened in 2010, following the closing and demolition of the Giants' and the Jets' previous home, Giants Stadium. MetLife Stadium hosted Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014.

Meadowlands Arena[edit]

The Meadowlands Arena was a multi-purpose indoor arena. Opened in 1981, it was home to the New Jersey Nets NBA team until 2010, the Seton Hall University men's basketball team until 2007 and to the New Jersey Devils NHL team until 2007. The Devils and the Seton Hall men's basketball team moved to the Prudential Center in Newark. The renamed Brooklyn Nets currently play in the Barclays Center. It closed early in April 2015. It will be left dormant through 2017 and will more than likely be demolished.

Meadowlands Racetrack[edit]

The Meadowlands Racetrack is a horse racing track that hosts both thoroughbred racing and harness racing. It is known popularly in the region as "The Big M".

Opened in the mid 1970s, the Meadowlands Racetrack held its first harness race on September 1, 1976 while thoroughbred racing commenced on September 6, 1977.[2][3] The Racetrack is the site of the Hambletonian, the most prestigious event in standardbred racing. The track is equipped to race at night, when most of its races are.

In the middle of the track is a lake, intended to resemble the state of New Jersey. The Meadowlands Racetrack is also one of the leading simulcast facilities in the world in terms of total handle.

Quest Diagnostics Training Center[edit]

The Quest Diagnostics Training Center is the main headquarters and practice facility of the New York Giants. It was known as the Timex Performance Center, renamed in July 2013 when the Giants and Quest Diagnostics announced[4] a new partnership after the four-year partnership between the Giants and Timex ended. The facility, on the westernmost portion of the Meadowlands Sports Complex grounds, opened in 2010 and replaced the old Giants' practice fields and headquarters, adjacent to Giants Stadium.

Meadowlands Station[edit]

New Jersey Transit operates the Meadowlands Station at the complex, the terminus of the Meadowlands Rail Line.[5] in preparation of the opening of the Xanadu Project. The station opened for service on July 26, 2009.[6] Studies are underway regarding the extension of the Hudson–Bergen Light Rail line to the MetLife Sports Complex as well.

American Dream Meadowlands[edit]

The American Dream Meadowlands is a large mall and entertainment complex that is currently under construction. Formerly known as Xanadu, the project resides within the Meadowlands Sports Complex adjacent to the Izod Center. It is slated to open in 2018.[7]

Auto racing[edit]

In 1983, a Formula One auto race was planned for the New York City area. A temporary street circuit at the Meadowlands Sports Complex was one of the finalists for the location. A course at Flushing Meadows Park, in the New York City borough of Queens, was chosen, but the event was canceled before the first running.[8]

In July 1984, the CART IndyCar series held the first Meadowlands Grand Prix on a temporary circuit built in the Giants Stadium parking lot. The race was only moderately successful, and crowds were mediocre at best. In 1988, the course layout was moved to the streets surrounding Brendan Byrne Arena and redesigned to a 1.2-mile (1.9 km), six-turn layout in an effort to improve competition. The race continued until 1991, and crowds continued to stay away.

From 1988 to 1991 the race was part of the Marlboro Million, a cash prize to be awarded to any driver who won the Marlboro Grand Prix, the Marlboro 500, and the Marlboro Challenge All-Star event in the same year.[9] The prize was never won. In 1992, race officials announced plans to move the race to Manhattan, using a street course at the World Trade Center.[10] Within a few months, however, the race was canceled because of cost concerns.

In the early 2000s, conceptual plans were drafted to build a NASCAR-style speedway at the Meadowlands Sports Complex as part of a revitalizing project. However, the plan was rejected and abandoned.

Tenants[edit]

MetLife Stadium[edit]

Former Giants Stadium tenants[edit]

Former Izod Center tenants[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Brennan, John (August 23, 2011). "It's official: MetLife Stadium". The Record. Bergen County. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  2. ^ Cady, Steve (August 29, 1976). "Jersey Complex Opens Trot Track Wednesday". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  3. ^ Cady, Steve (September 4, 1977). "Meadowlands Starts Flat Racing Tuesday Night". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  4. ^ http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Giants-Quest-team-up-for-player-safety/8a07e970-97e5-4fc2-9f7d-bda63e322fca
  5. ^ Record Newspaper Accessed July 9, 2009. Archived February 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Clunn, Nick (July 26, 2009). "Thousands hop on board new Meadowlands rail service". The Record. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  7. ^ Matthau, David (July 11, 2016). "Will ‘American Dream’ at Meadowlands ever become a reality?". Townsquare Entertainment News (as New Jersey 101.5 radio). 
  8. ^ http://www.wilsonmotorsport.com/public_html/Resume-Website-2004.pdf
  9. ^ "Extra Indy-Car Incentive". The New York Times. July 20, 1988. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  10. ^ Tadema-Wielandt, Michael (March 23, 2002). "Remember when?". www.grandprix.com. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 

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