The New York Jets and the New York Giants announced today that fans can begin to take a seat from the historic Giants Stadium, set to close after the 2009 season. Authentic seat pairs from the Meadowlands, which have supported spectators during Sunday and Monday Night Football, countless Bruce Springsteen concerts and even a Papal visit, are now available for purchase exclusively online at newyorkjets.com.
With the final season of the stadium approaching, fans can obtain both original and recently installed seats to keep in their own homes and offices.
Original seats, which date to the stadium's initial construction, are available for purchase in pairs only. More recently installed seats are also available for purchase in pairs only. All seats are priced at $499 per pair and subject to availability. Seat orders will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis until they are sold out.
"As any Jets or Giants fan can attest, if seats could talk, they would speak of fierce rivalries and diehard loyalties, fourth-quarter comebacks and secular Hail Marys, and they would very likely recite a verse or two from 'Born in the U.S.A.'," said Mark Lamping, CEO of the New Meadowlands Stadium Company. "We are thrilled to give fans the opportunity to bring a special piece of history into their homes."
Giants Stadium officially opened in 1976 and the Jets became co-tenants in 1984, playing their first home game on Sept. 6, 1984.
The Meadowlands has hosted more NFL games than any other venue in league history. On Sept. 14, 2003, when the Jets met the Miami Dolphins, the stadium hosted its 366th regular-season game, breaking the record set by Wrigley Field, which served as home of the Chicago Bears for 50 seasons.
An assortment of prestigious events have been held at the Meadowlands, including a trio of Army-Navy football matchups, men's and women's World Cup soccer tournaments, rock concerts, and a holy visit from Pope John Paul II, which drew a crowd of 82,948, the largest ever at the stadium.
Seats can be purchased from now until the end of the 2009 regular season by visiting Jets Shop. Seats will be shipped 6-8 weeks following the end of the 2009 season.