New Stadium Unveiled

Even though construction has been going on for months, the New York Giants and New York Jets officially broke ground Sept. 5 on the first stadium to be jointly owned by two NFL teams. The ceremony also unveiled how architects plan to make two competing teams feel at home in a $1.3 billion stadium.

"Ensuring that the stadium would feel like home to both teams and both groups of fans was our goal and also one of the biggest challenges in the design of the stadium," Giants chairman and executive vice president Steve Tisch said.

AP Photo/Mike Derer

Tisch, Giants President/CEO John Mara and Jets Chairman/CEO Woody Johnson unveiled the design at a ceremony also attended by New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The yet unnamed building, for which owners are still working on a naming-rights deal, will host 20 NFL games each season – more than any football stadium in the country.

Stadium Notes and Quotes

The stadium will feature an eight-story mega display, called the "Great Wall," with 400-foot-long by 40-foot-high panels featuring either team's logo or neutral colors for non-football events. There will also be four jumbo video screens in each corner of the seating bowl.

AP Photo/Mike Derer: Early Construction Phase

Constructed next to the existing Giants Stadium, the new field is expected to open for the 2010 season and seat 82,500 in a bowl-design, where seats in the front row are 46 feet from the sidelines. Fans also will find a 300,000-square-foot outdoor plaza for tailgating. Along with the design of the building, planners have been working to make access to the facility easier. Lanes into the Meadowlands will increase to more than 40 from the existing 16 and a new rail facility will connect the stadium to New York's Penn Station through Secaucus beginning in February 2009.

"I'm not exactly sure how my father (Wellington Mara) or Bob (Tisch) would have reacted to the price tag of this building. Actually I know exactly how they would have reacted." – John Mara

"There will be a designated skybox. In that skybox Wellington Mara and Bob Tisch will be watching every game." – Steve Tisch

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