Meadowlands Stadium Opens

The new stadium in the Meadowlands hosted its first event yesterday, a lacrosse tripleheader.

The public address announcer asked the sparse crowd to rise. It was a brilliant morning. The sky was blue, sun was out ... and then nothing. There was no Whitney Houston, no Jennifer Hudson, not even an off-key Carl Lewis to belt out "The Star-Spangled Banner." Just silence and awkward glances.

"We didn't really know what was going on so we just kind of looked at each other," said Rose Clay, whose son, Christian, plays for Lawrenceville. "Then one of the women from the Highland Park side started singing and we all joined in."

"It was pretty sad," Rose's husband, Tim, chimed in.

That's kind of a lame way to kick things off. A stadium this hyped should have had some kind of grand opening. It didn't have to necessarily be football. How about a Springsteen or a Bon Jovi concert?

Some nice news though:

"It has less of a Giants feel to it," he said. "It's way too neutral for me. Before it was Giants Stadium, it was about the Giants. This is now called the Meadowlands. It's not the same. It's hard to adjust. I don't think they were thinking of the person who was a Giants fan the last 20 years when they made this place."

It seems like Giants fans are going to have a tough time understanding their team isn't the top dog in this stadium. The Jets and Giants are equal partners.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Gang Green Nation

You must be a member of Gang Green Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Gang Green Nation. You should read them.

Join Gang Green Nation

You must be a member of Gang Green Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Gang Green Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker