Fields of Glory: Ten Amazing Facts About MetLife Stadium
The biggest sporting event in the world has finally arrived: The Super Bowl. The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks will face off in MetLife Stadium in New Jersey and one team will emerge as this year’s ultimate champion, earning the Vince Lombardi Trophy and eternal bragging rights. As someone who is passionate about landscaping, you may be almost as interested in the field the game will be played on as the game itself. In anticipation of the event, here are ten amazing facts about this year’s Super Bowl venue, MetLife Stadium:
- MetLife Stadium is home to two different NFL teams: the New York Giants and the New York Jets. It is the only NFL stadium to be shared by two teams.
- At night, the stadium lights up in different colors to delineate which team is playing– green for the Jets, and blue for the Giants.
- Unlike many new NFL facilities, MetLife Stadium does not have a roof. This means that this year’s Super Bowl could see snow, ice, and many other adverse weather conditions.
- Instead of grass and soil, MetLife’s field is covered in a material called FieldTurf that is manufactured by the FieldTurf Corporation. According to FieldTurf’s website, the primary difference between their product and other types of artificial turf is the infill they use. FieldTurf’s infill is composed of several layers of silica sand.
- When it originally opened, the stadium was named New Meadowlands Stadium. In 2011, MetLife acquired the naming rights.
- In addition to football games, the stadium has also served as a concert venue for acts like Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, and Kenny Chesney.
- This year’s Super Bowl will be the first ever played in the greater New York Area.
- MetLife Stadium includes the NFL’s first removable end zones that are changed out depending on which of the two home teams is playing at home in a given week.
- MetLife Stadium is part of the Meadowlands Sports Complex that also includes the Izod Center, the Meadowlands Racetrack, the American Dream Meadowlands, and Quest Diagnostic Training Center.
- MetLife Stadium has a dedicated sustainability program. Many of the materials used to construct the stadium were recycled, the concrete was environmentally friendly, and the water system was set up to help reduce overall consumption.