Fan's Guide to the New York Giants' MetLife Stadium

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You have to head to New Jersey to watch the New York Giants play football, but the stadium is one of the finest ever built. With an open roof, all weather is welcome as Eli Manning and the Giants play there during the regular season. If you've never been to MetLife Stadium, follow this guide so you are prepared for all the rules and regulations.

Stadium Name: For its first year, the MetLife Stadium was known as the New Meadowlands stadium.

Location: MetLife Stadium is located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, just outside of New York. It is next to the IZOD Center and just off of I-95.

History: The New York Giants formerly played at the Giants Stadium from 1976 until 2009. The construction of the MetLife Stadium was completed in time for the start of the 2010 season. In 1984, the New York Jets began sharing the stadium with the Giants and they still do to this day.

Maximum Capacity: The stadium holds 82,500 people. This is slightly increased for concert events where fans can stand on the area where the field normally is.

Features: Seats are noticeably larger than the former Giants Stadium. You have a little more legroom and it is a lot more comfortable to eat, drink and cheer while enjoying the game.

Parking: Parking lots are located all around the stadium and a permit is needed or you have to park at an off-site location. If you do not have a permit, there are plenty of parking garages around the area with prices around $25 - $30 to park. Free shuttles transport you to the stadium.

In the stadium, Lots G, F & E are reserved for season ticket holders, so the best lots for single games are L & J. Your best bet is to find a train station and take the NJ line directly to the stadium.The drop-off location occurs at the entrance to Lot G.

Tailgating: Tailgating is permitted in the stadium parking lots with a strict "One Car for One Space" rule. Charcoal grills are also permitted and the tailgating starts five hours prior to a game.

Drinks: You cannot bring any type of alcohol into the stadium and guests can only purchase two beverages at a time. After half-time alcohol is no longer served.

Food: There are some great concession stands in MetLife Stadium. One of the best is the Food Network stand. The buffalo mac & cheese may seem weird for a football game, but it's one of the best meals in the place. Other good choices include Brooklyn's Burgers.

Best Seats: The best seats are in the 100 Concourse. It puts you on a nice level view with the field and there are great views from a variety of the sections including the end zone.

HD Video Boards: The video board are so clear and crisp that you may find yourself watching them more than the actual field. There are perfect for replays, but oddly, you cannot request any messages for the boards like wedding proposals.

Alan Donahue s a lifelong New York Giants fan that has attended multiple games. He has written hundreds of sports articles.

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