Irish rock band U2 will appear at the New Meadowlands Stadium, future home of the New York Jets and New York Giants, on July 19, 2010.
"U2 has a history with the Meadowlands, having played two nights of sold-out shows there in September, drawing the venue's largest-ever crowd of 84,472 fans," said Mark Lamping, president and chief executive officer of the New Meadowlands Stadium Co. "We are thrilled to welcome the legendary band for yet another historic show."
"Our new stadium is not only going to be the place to see great NFL football games but where the top bands in the world will perform," said Woody Johnson, chairman and chief executive officer of the Jets. "Having U2 play in our new building will be yet another reason for our fans to come out and experience our new world-class entertainment venue."
"The booking of a U2 concert date, combined with the other shows and events that we have recently made, create significant momentum for the stadium and are a positive indication of what is to come for our fans," said John Mara, president and chief executive officer of the Giants.
Upon completion in 2010, the New Meadowlands Stadium will seat 82,500 fans and will be the third-largest stadium in the NFL, setting the standard for venue excellence with state-of-the-art technology, comfort and amenities.
Fittingly for the venue, U2 has created an intimate 360º experience for concert goers, with a cylindrical video system of interlocking LED panels and a steel structure rising 150 feet from the floor over a massive stage with rotating bridges.
"The U2 360° show is known for its electronically intricate yet intimate stage and sound design, and we believe our state-of-the-art facility is the perfect venue to showcase it," said Steve Tisch, chairman and executive vice president of the Giants. "By utilizing all of its innovative features, the New Meadowlands Stadium will allow the band to do what it does best."
Inside the stadium, four 40x130-foot HD video replay boards will hang from each corner of the upper deck. Outside the stadium, fans will be treated to a 350,000-square-foot outdoor plaza filled with fan-centric activities and pregame entertainment zones. A signature amenity of the stadium will be the brand new rail line that will drop off passengers less than 100 feet from the stadium —the total trip from New York's Penn Station will take less than 20 minutes.
Tickets for the July 19 performance will be available on Monday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m.