MetLife Stadium
The Meadowlands
MetLife Stadium in September 2022
MetLife Stadium is located in New York City
MetLife Stadium
MetLife Stadium
Location near New York City
MetLife Stadium is located in New Jersey
MetLife Stadium
MetLife Stadium
Location within New Jersey
MetLife Stadium is located in the United States
MetLife Stadium
MetLife Stadium
Location near New York within the United States
Former namesNew Meadowlands Stadium (2010–2011)
Address1 MetLife Stadium Drive
East Rutherford, New Jersey 07073
United States
LocationEast Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.
Coordinates40°48′48.7″N 74°4′27.7″W / 40.813528°N 74.074361°W / 40.813528; -74.074361
Public transitMainline rail interchange NJ Transit Meadowlands

NJT Bus NJ Transit NJT Bus: 353

NJT Bus Coach USA: 351
OwnerMetLife Stadium Company, LLC [1][failed verification]
Capacity82,500[2]
Record attendanceAny event = 93,000 (12th Siyum HaShas, August 1, 2012)
Concert = 89,106 (Ed Sheeran +-=÷x Tour, June 11, 2023)
Professional football = 83,367(New York Jets @ New York Giants, October 29, 2023)
College football = 82,285 (122nd Army Navy Game, December 11, 2021)
Soccer = 82,262 (Manchester United vs. Arsenal, July 22, 2023)
SurfaceUBU Speed S5-M (2010–2022)[3] FieldTurf Core HD (2023–present)
ScreensFour 30 ft × 118 ft (9.1 m × 36.0 m) big-screen monitors
2,100 HD TVs throughout the stadium

One 360 degree ribbon board display

[4]
Construction
Broke groundSeptember 5, 2007; 16 years ago (2007-09-05)[5]
Built2007–2010
OpenedApril 10, 2010; 13 years ago (2010-04-10)[9]
Construction cost$1.6 billion
($2.15 billion in 2022 dollars[6])
Architect360 Architecture
EwingCole
Rockwell Group
Bruce Mau Design, Inc.
Project managerHammes Company Sports Development
Structural engineerThornton Tomasetti
General contractorSkanska[7]
Main contractorsStructal–Heavy Steel Construction, a division of Canam Group[8]
Tenants
New York Giants (NFL) (2010–present)
New York Jets (NFL) (2010–present)
New York Guardians (XFL) (2020)
Website
metlifestadium.com

MetLife Stadium is an open-air multi-purpose stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, 5 mi (8 km) west of New York City. Opened in 2010 to replace Giants Stadium, it serves as the home for the New York Giants and New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL), and is also scheduled to host the final of the 2026 FIFA World Cup. At an approximate cost of $1.6 billion, it was the most expensive stadium built in the United States at the time of its completion.[10]

MetLife Stadium is one of two NFL stadiums shared by two teams. The other, SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, is home to the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. Los Angeles' Crypto.com Arena, which is home to the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA), is only the third facility to currently house two teams from the same sports league in the United States (the Clippers are expected to move into the Intuit Dome in 2024). Additionally, MetLife Stadium is the fifth building in the New York metropolitan area to be home to multiple teams from the same sports league, after the Polo Grounds, which was home to the baseball Giants and Yankees from 1913 to 1922, the third Madison Square Garden which hosted the NHL's Rangers and Americans from 1926 to 1942, Shea Stadium, which housed both the Mets and Yankees during the 1974 and 1975 seasons and both the Jets and Giants in 1975, and Giants Stadium, which hosted both the Giants and Jets from 1984 to 2009. MetLife Stadium hosted Super Bowl XLVIII and will host multiple matches during the 2026 FIFA World Cup, including the final. It is the largest stadium in US state of New Jersey with over a capacity of 80,000.

History

As Giants Stadium approached 30 years of age, it was becoming one of the older stadiums in the NFL. The Jets, who had been the tenants to the Giants, were looking to have a proposed West Side Stadium built in Manhattan proper. Originally intended to be the 85,000-seat main stadium for New York's bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics, it was designed to be downsized to 75,000 seats for the Jets. However, it would have required significant public funding; progress on the project was halted in 2005 due to opposition from a number of sources, including Cablevision, who owned the nearby Madison Square Garden at the time.[11] The Jets then entered into a joint venture with the Giants to build a new stadium in which the two New York teams would be equal partners.

Design and planning

MetLife Stadium under construction in 2007 (top) and 2008 (bottom) near Giants Stadium

The architects were tasked with designing a neutral stadium that would still embody the distinct personalities of both franchises. The Giants favored a traditional look of exposed steel framework and rusticated stone while the Jets wanted a sleek and modern look highlighted by metal and glass. With those features in mind the designers used the column/tower dynamic seen in many of Manhattan's skyscrapers as inspiration for the stadium's design.[12]

The base of the stadium's facade is clad in limestone-like stonework while the rest of the stadium is distinguished by an outer skin of aluminum louvers and glass and by interior lighting capable of switching colors, depending on which team is currently playing–blue for the Giants and green for the Jets.[13] This idea originated at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany; which was previously shared between the city's two major soccer clubs, Bayern Munich and 1860 Munich. Unlike Giants Stadium, MetLife Stadium can easily be reconfigured for the Giants or Jets within a matter of hours.[14] The louvers' total linear length is exactly 50,000 meters (50 kilometers) or 163,681 feet (31.1 miles).

Front row 50 yard line seats are 46 feet (14 m) away from the sideline, which is the shortest distance of all NFL stadiums. To change the field decorations, two 4-person crews take approximately 18 hours using forklifts and other machinery to remove the 40 sections of Act Global UBU Speed Series which make up the teams' respective end zones.[15] Replaceable team logos at midfield were removed in August 2010, after Domenik Hixon tore his anterior cruciate ligament at a practice at the stadium during training camp. For the next decade, the NFL's logo was painted at midfield, instead of the logo of one of the teams, also shortening the transition time.[16] However, in 2023, the Giants announced they would paint their team logo at midfield during their home games, with the Jets likewise doing the same approach.[17] The paint is formulated to be easily dissolved by water to ensure it can be quickly removed, and as such it is not expected to be used when precipitation is expected. If the two teams are playing each other, the designated home team will have its configuration around the stadium. During their annual preseason matchup, both the Giants and the Jets will have an end zone with their team logo.

Unlike a number of other new NFL venues, MetLife Stadium does not have a roof, as proposals to include a roof failed, over a dispute for funding.[18] Thus, indoor events such as the Final Four cannot be held at the facility, which runs counter to the original aims for a new arena in northern New Jersey.[19]

Ten giant HD-ready light emitting diode (LED) pylons, located at the north, south, east, and west entrances, display videos of the team currently in-house. The pylons measure approximately 54 feet (16 m) high by 20 feet (6.1 m) wide. Inside, are four 30 feet (9.1 m) by 116 feet (35 m) HD video displays, and hang from each corner of the upper deck.[20]

The new stadium seating bowl is laid out similar to that of Giants Stadium[12] and has seating for 82,500[2] people, including 10,005 club seats and approximately 218 luxury suites, making it the largest NFL stadium in terms of total seating.[21] The seating bowl is also raked in a way that eliminates overhangs from the upper decks that would impede views and allows fans to see the full arc of a 90-foot (30 yd) punt.[12]

Lower bowl Mid-bowl Upper bowl
33,346 21,323 27,897

MetLife Stadium includes a total of four locker rooms: one each for the Giants and Jets, as well as two for visiting teams. The home teams have locker rooms on opposite ends of the stadium with a visitors' locker room adjacent to it. On most game days the visitors use the locker room at the end opposite that of the home team while the unused visitors' locker room is used for spillover by the home team.[21][22] For games in which neither the Giants or Jets are playing, each team uses one of the visitor's locker rooms. When the Giants and Jets play each other, each team uses its own locker room plus the adjacent visitor's room for spillover.

In 2012, DLR Group partnered with NRG Energy to design and install a "Solar Ring" on the upper rim of MetLife Stadium. The Solar Ring consists of 1,350 building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solar panels assembled into 47 individual frames. The BIPV panels are illuminated with LED lighting and programmed to display the signature blue and green colors of the Giants and the Jets along with other hues for events such as concerts, soccer matches, and college sports. The panels generate about 350 KW, nearly 25 times the amount of electricity that's actually needed to power the LED display system. The excess power generated can go into the general stadium use or back to the grid.[23][24]

Urban planning and access

The design of the stadium makes it mostly accessible via automobile. The car-centric design of the stadium and adjacent areas frequently leads to traffic jams.[25]

In addition, the design of the sports complex makes it nearly impossible for pedestrians to access the stadium without jeopardizing their safety. There are no sidewalks or pedestrian paths on the roads that access the stadium. Officials explicitly discourage pedestrians to walk to the stadium and in some cases forbid it due to safety concerns.[26]

Technical agreements

Lease terms

View of MetLife Stadium (under construction) and Giants Stadium (on right) in July 2009

The two teams formed the New Meadowlands Stadium Company, LLC (now MetLife Stadium Company), a 50/50 joint venture, to build and operate the stadium. The two teams leased the parcel of land on which the stadium stands from the NJSEA for a 25-year term, with options to extend it which could eventually reach 97 years. After the 15th year of the lease, and every five years, hence; one of the two teams may opt out of the lease after giving the state 12 months notice. The first such opportunity to opt out will occur in 2025 with a notice date of 2024. There will then be an opportunity to opt out in 2030, 2035, 2040, etc... However, if one team leaves for a new stadium, the other team would have to remain for the remainder of the lease. However, the high cost of building and relocating to a stadium makes it very unlikely. The teams also get parking revenue from the Meadowlands' western parking lots year round, even when there are no events at the stadium (this would occur when other parts of the Meadowlands host events).[27]

Naming rights

Allianz, a financial services and insurance company based in Munich, Germany, expressed interest in purchasing naming rights to the stadium. The proposal was for a period of up to 30 years,[28] and was estimated to be valued at between $20 million and US$30 million. However, it sparked protests from New York's Jewish community (the largest outside of Israel) and the Anti-Defamation League, which opposed the move due to close ties in the past between Allianz and the government of Nazi Germany during World War II. Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum, however, secretary general of the North American Board of Rabbis, agreed that although survivors' sensibilities are understandable, a naming deal is legitimate. "I have found Allianz to be receptive, to be sensitive and a friend of the Jewish people today," he said.[29] Allianz sponsors the venue that inspired the color-change technology for MetLife Stadium: Allianz Arena in Munich. No agreement was reached and talks between Allianz and the teams ended on September 12, 2008.[30]

On June 27, 2011, it was reported that New York City-based insurance company MetLife entered discussions to purchase naming rights to the stadium.[31] The new name, MetLife Stadium,[32] became official when all parties signed a 25-year deal on August 23.[33][34][35]

EPA agreement

The exterior of MetLife Stadium, configured for Jets game during Sunday Night Football

In June 2009, the New Meadowlands Stadium Corporation and the EPA signed a memorandum of understanding that outlines plans to incorporate environmentally-friendly materials and practices into the construction and operation of MetLife Stadium. The agreement includes strategies to reduce air pollution, conserve water, and energy, improve waste management, and reduce the environmental impact of construction. The goal of the agreement is to save the emission of nearly 1.68 million metric tons of carbon dioxide during the stadium's construction and its first year of operation. Under this agreement, the stadium construction must use around 40,000 tons of recycled steel, recycle 20,000 tons of steel from Giants Stadium, install seating made from recycled plastic and scrap iron, and reduce air pollution from construction vehicles by using cleaner diesel fuel, diesel engine filters, and minimizing engine idle times. Other goals of this agreement include providing mass transit options for fans and replacing traditional concession plates, cups and carries with compostable alternatives. The New Meadowlands Stadium Corporation is to report the progress on its goals to EPA every six months. Based on the reports, the EPA has stated it will quantify the benefits of the venue's environmental efforts.[36][37]

Accessibility and transportation

Meadowlands station provides New Jersey Transit rail service to MetLife Stadium on game days

MetLife Stadium is accessible by car via Exit 16W on the western spur of the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95) and is also located adjacent to NJ Route 3 and NJ Route 120.[38]

Coach USA provides the 351 Meadowlands Express Bus service between MetLife Stadium and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.[39] New Jersey Transit provides the 353 Bus service for select events between MetLife Stadium and Secaucus Junction.[40]

The Meadowlands Rail Line operates on event days between Meadowlands station and Hoboken Terminal via Secaucus Junction, where there is connecting service to Pennsylvania Station (New York City), Pennsylvania Station (Newark), and other New Jersey Transit rail operations. The line opened to the public on July 26, 2009.[41]

MetLife Stadium enforces a clear bag policy, allowing only transparent bags no larger than 12”x6”x12” and small clutches of 4.5”x6.5”, with exceptions for medically necessary items after inspection.[42]

Awards and recognition

In 2009, MetLife Stadium was named the "Greenest Stadium" in the NFL by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).[43]

In July 2017, MetLife Stadium was named "Venue of the Year" by the Stadium Business Summit. The award is awarded to the world's best stadium, arena or sports venue, that deserves recognition for an outstanding performance over a 12-month period.[44]

Notable events

Firsts and notable moments

Pre-game ceremony prior to the Jets-Cowboys game on September 11, 2011

Super Bowl XLVIII

Further information: Super Bowl XLVIII and Mass Transit Super Bowl

On May 25, 2010, it was announced that Super Bowl XLVIII was awarded to the stadium, the first time a Super Bowl would be played in the New York metropolitan area, and the first time that a non-domed stadium in a cold-weather city would host it.[58] Normally, Super Bowls must be held in indoor climate-controlled stadiums if they are held in a city with an average temperature lower than 50 °F (10 °C). However, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell waived this requirement and allowed MetLife Stadium on the ballot because of a "unique, once-only circumstance based on the opportunity to celebrate the new stadium and the great heritage and history of the NFL in the New York region."[59][60] The game was played on February 2, 2014. The temperature at kickoff was 49 °F (9 °C), making it only the third-coldest Super Bowl on record.[61] The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43–8 for their first Super Bowl victory.[62]

WrestleMania

MetLife Stadium during WrestleMania 29.
MetLife Stadium during WrestleMania 35.

MetLife Stadium has twice hosted WrestleMania—the flagship pay-per-view event of the professional wrestling promotion WWE. WrestleMania 29 was held at MetLife Stadium on April 7, 2013. With 80,676 spectators, it was the third most-attended event in WWE history, and the highest-grossing event in WWE history at $12.3 million. Six years later, MetLife Stadium hosted WrestleMania 35 on April 7, 2019, overtaking WrestleMania 29 with an attendance of 82,265, and $16.9 million in revenue.[63]

Soccer

MetLife Stadium is also designed for soccer. To prepare for a match, the stadium uses retractable seating in the field level corners to fit a FIFA-sanctioned soccer field.[64] Along with being noted for providing exceptional sight-lines,[65] this has allowed the stadium to host several major international matches.

The first international exhibition match was between Mexico and Ecuador on May 7, 2010, in front of 77,507 fans. The stadium hosted another international exhibition soccer match between the United States and Brazil on August 10, 2010. Brazil won 2–0 in front of a near-sellout crowd of 77,223; the game was played on a temporary grass field.[66][67]

On March 26, 2011, the stadium hosted an international friendly, between the United States and Argentina, which ended in a 1–1 draw and was played in front of a sellout crowd of 78,926.[68]

On June 9, 2012, Argentina and Brazil played a friendly match, with Argentina winning in a thrilling 4–3 match featuring a Lionel Messi hat-trick.[69] Another exhibition match in preparation for 2014 FIFA World Cup was played on November 14, 2012, between Colombia and Brazil, with Brazil acting as the local team despite a higher affluence of Colombian fans.

On November 15, 2013, Argentina and Ecuador played an international friendly to a 0–0 draw.[70]

On June 10, 2014, the stadium hosted an international friendly before the 2014 FIFA World Cup between the Republic of Ireland and Portugal with Portugal beating Ireland 5–1.[71]

On September 9, 2014, the stadium hosted an international friendly between Brazil and Ecuador with Brazil victorious 1–0.[72]

On March 31, 2015, the stadium hosted an international friendly rematch of Argentina and Ecuador with Argentina prevailing 2–1 in front of 48,000 fans.[73][74]

On June 26, 2016, the stadium hosted the final of the Copa América Centenario—a special U.S.-hosted edition of the Copa América tournament co-organized by CONCACAF, marking the centennial of South America's soccer federation CONMEBOL. After a 0–0 draw after extra time, Chile beat Argentina 4–2 on penalties to win the tournament.[75]

On August 3, 2016, MetLife Stadium hosted a 2016 International Champions Cup match between Real Madrid and F.C. Bayern Munich. Real Madrid won the match 1–0.[76]

On July 22, 2017, a match of the 2017 International Champions Cup was played between FC Barcelona and Juventus. Barcelona won the match 2–1 in front of 82,104 fans.[77]

MetLife Stadium hosted two matches as part of the 2018 International Champions Cup. The first match on July 25, 2018, between Manchester City F.C. and Liverpool F.C., with it ending 2–1 in favor of Liverpool, and the second match on August 7, 2018, between Real Madrid C.F. and A.S. Roma, also ending in a 2–1 victory for Real Madrid.[78][79]

On September 7, 2018, the stadium hosted the United States and Brazil in an international friendly match as part of U.S. Soccer's "Kickoff Series",[80] which Brazil won by a score of 2–0 with goals from Roberto Firmino and Neymar.

On September 11, 2018, the stadium hosted an international friendly between Colombia and Argentina.[81]

On July 29, 2019, during the 2019 International Champions Cup, the stadium hosted the first Madrid Derby held outside of Europe between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid, which Atlético won 7–3.[82]

On September 6, 2019, MetLife Stadium hosted the 70th all time meeting of the United States and Mexico with Mexico winning 3–0 in front of a crowd of 47,960.[83]

Date Winning Team Goals Losing Team Goals Spectators
May 7, 2010 Mexico  0  Ecuador 0 77,507
August 10, 2010 Brazil  2  United States 0 77,223
March 26, 2011 United States  1  Argentina 1 78,926
June 18, 2011 Honduras  1 (4)  Costa Rica 1 (2) 78,807
Mexico  2  Guatemala 1
May 27, 2012 Mexico  2  Wales 0 35,518
June 9, 2012 Argentina  4  Brazil 3 81,994
November 14, 2012 Colombia  1  Brazil 1 38,624
August 14, 2013 Mexico  4  Ivory Coast 1 35,671
November 15, 2013 Argentina  0  Ecuador 0 38,000
June 10, 2014 Portugal  5  Republic of Ireland 1 40,000
September 9, 2014 Brazil  2  Ecuador 0 35,975
March 31, 2015 Argentina  2  Ecuador 1 48,000
July 19, 2015 Panama  1 (6)  Trinidad and Tobago 1 (5) 74,187
Mexico  1  Costa Rica 0
June 26, 2016 Chile  0 (4)  Argentina 0 (2) 82,026
August 3, 2016 Real Madrid Spain 1 Germany Bayern Munich 0 82,012
June 1, 2017 Mexico  3  Republic of Ireland 1 42,017
July 22, 2017 Barcelona Spain 1 Italy Juventus 0 82,104
July 25, 2018 Liverpool England 2 England Manchester City 1 52,635
August 7, 2018 Real Madrid Spain 2 Italy Roma 1 51,528
September 7, 2018 Brazil  2  United States 0 32,489
September 11, 2018 Colombia  0  Argentina 0 35,624
July 29, 2019 Atlético Madrid Spain 7 Spain Real Madrid 3 57,714
September 6, 2019 Mexico  3  United States 0 47,960
July 23, 2023 Manchester United England 2 England Arsenal 0 82,262
June 25, 2024 Chile   Argentina
June 27, 2024 Uruguay   Bolivia
July 9, 2024

2026 FIFA World Cup

Metlife Stadium is one of 16 venues, as well as one of the eleven American venues which will host matches during the 2026 FIFA World Cup.[84] As per FIFA requirements, the stadium will have a grass field installed for the World Cup matches. During the event, the stadium will be temporarily renamed to "New York New Jersey Stadium" in accordance with FIFA's policy on corporate sponsored names.[85][86] In February 2024, the stadium was announced as the host of the 2026 FIFA World Cup final.[87] In addition, the stadium will host five group stage matches, one Round of 32 match, and one Round of 16 match.[88]

College football

On October 16, 2010, Rutgers hosted Army in the first college football game to be played in the new stadium, with the Scarlet Knights defeating the Black Knights in overtime, 23–20. During the game's second half, Rutgers player Eric LeGrand was injured on a special teams play, defending a Rutgers kickoff, and paralyzed from the neck down.

Syracuse University has hosted selected home games at MetLife Stadium in lieu of the Carrier Dome. The first of these games, branded as New York's College Classic, was played in 2012 against the visiting USC Trojans, who won 42–29. In 2013, the team opened its season against its rival Penn State at the stadium, losing 23–17.[89] In 2014, the team hosted the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at MetLife Stadium, losing 31–15. A rematch was held in 2016, once again losing to the Fighting Irish 50–33.

On November 16, 2019, MetLife Stadium hosted the 61st Cortaca Jug rivalry game between the NCAA Division III Cortland Red Dragons and Ithaca Bombers. With an attendance of 45,161, it set a record for the most-attended football game in Division III history. The game was held at MetLife Stadium as part of season-long commemorations of the 150th anniversary of college football.[90]

On December 11, 2021, MetLife Stadium hosted the 122nd Army-Navy Game. This was the first time the historic matchup was held at MetLife and the fifth time it was held in East Rutherford. Previous matchups were held at Giants Stadium in 1989, 1993, 1997, and 2002. Navy defeated Army 17–13.

Outdoor ice hockey

On June 3, 2023, the National Hockey League announced that MetLife Stadium would host two outdoor games as part of the 2024 NHL Stadium Series. The New Jersey Devils hosted the Philadelphia Flyers on February 17, 2024. Devils captain Nico Hischier scored the first NHL goal in MetLife Stadium history on a breakaway 32 seconds into the first period of the game, ultimately scoring two goals on the night enroute to the Devils victory over the Flyers by a final score of 6-3 before a crowd of 70,328 fans[91]. The following day, the New York Rangers defeated the New York Islanders 6-5 in overtime following a 3 goal comeback from a 3-5 deficit in front of 79,690 fans in attendance, which was the third largest attendance in NHL history. Rangers forward Artemi Panarin was awarded the game winning goal 10 seconds into overtime as the net came off it's moorings by Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson. After video review, it was confirmed that the puck would've crossed the goal line had the net stayed in place. [92][93] This was the first time MetLife Stadium had ever hosted NHL hockey, the first time outdoor NHL hockey had ever been played in the state of New Jersey, and the fourth and fifth time outdoor NHL hockey would be played in the New York City/New Jersey area.

Yankee Stadium hosted two games as part of the 2014 NHL Stadium Series, in which the New York Rangers won both games, defeating the New Jersey Devils 7-3 and defeating the New York Islanders 2–1. Citi Field previously hosted the 2018 NHL Winter Classic as well, with the Rangers defeating the Buffalo Sabres 3–2 in overtime.

Concerts

BTS, May 2019
One Direction, August 2014
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, September 2023
Date Main act(s) Opening act(s) / Guest(s) Tour / Concert name Tickets sold / available for Gross revenue Notes
May 26, 2010 Bon Jovi Train The Circle Tour 206,099 / 206,099 (100%)
(with July 9 show)
$21,386,437[94]
(with July 9 show)
[95]
May 27, 2010 Gavin DeGraw
May 29, 2010 OneRepublic
June 6, 2010 2010 Summer Jam 49,048 / 49,048 (100%) $4,308,316[96]
June 10, 2010 Eagles Dixie Chicks
Keith Urban
Long Road Out of Eden Tour 31,482 / 33,564 (94%) $3,390,308[94]
July 9, 2010 Bon Jovi Kid Rock The Circle Tour (see above) (see above)
June 5, 2011 2011 Summer Jam 45,633 / 45,633 (100%) $4,791,268[97]
July 20, 2011 U2 Interpol U2 360° Tour 88,491 / 88,491 (100%) $8,927,150[98]
August 13, 2011 Kenny Chesney
Zac Brown Band
Billy Currington
Uncle Kracker
Goin' Coastal Tour 55,239 / 55,239 (100%) $5,058,534[99]
May 18, 2012 2012 Electric Daisy Carnival New York 100,000 / 110,000 (91%) $7,294,307[100] [101][102]
May 19, 2012
May 20, 2012
Performers
June 3, 2012 2012 Summer Jam 42,696 / 42,696 (100%) $4,597,632[103]
August 11, 2012 Kenny Chesney
Tim McGraw
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Jake Owen
Brothers of the Sun Tour 56,285 / 56,285 (100%) $5,523,669[104]
September 19, 2012 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Wrecking Ball World Tour 152,290 / 159,000 (95%) $14,409,760[105] Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez was the special guest at the first show and Gary U.S. Bonds was the special guest at the second and third shows. The third (and final) show was delayed for two hours due to a strong thunderstorm. The show finally got underway around 10:30 pm, prompting fans to sing "Happy Birthday" to Springsteen at midnight to celebrate his 63rd birthday. At the end of the show, Springsteen was presented with a guitar-shaped birthday cake onstage. The concert was released as a live album in June 2019[106][107]
September 21, 2012
September 22, 2012
June 2, 2013 2013 Summer Jam 41,598 / 41,598 (100%) $3,793,412[108] [109][110]
July 13, 2013 Taylor Swift Ed Sheeran
Austin Mahone
Joel Crouse
The Red Tour 52,399 / 52,399 (100%) $4,670,011[111] Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy was the special guest.[112]
July 25, 2013 Bon Jovi The J. Geils Band Because We Can 95,991 / 95,991 (100%) $9,594,635[113]
July 27, 2013
August 10, 2013 Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Eli Young Band
Kacey Musgraves
No Shoes Nation Tour 53,416 / 53,416 (100%) $4,849,247[114]
July 11, 2014 Beyoncé
Jay-Z
On the Run Tour 89,165 / 89,165 (100%) $11,544,187[115] [116][117][118]
July 12, 2014
August 4, 2014 One Direction 5 Seconds of Summer Where We Are Tour 139,247 / 139,247 (100%) $12,345,803
August 5, 2014
August 16, 2014 Eminem
Rihanna
The Monster Tour 100,420 / 100,420 (100%) $12,358,850 Both shows were the 6th highest-grossing box office of the year.[119]
August 17, 2014
July 10, 2015 Taylor Swift Vance Joy
Shawn Mendes
HAIM
The 1989 World Tour 110,105 / 110,105 (100%) $13,423,858 The Weeknd; Heidi Klum and United States women's national soccer team; Lily Aldridge, Lena Dunham, Gigi Hadid and Hailee Steinfeld were special guests at the first show.[120] Nick Jonas; Gigi Hadid, Martha Hunt, Lily Aldridge, Candice Swanepoel, Behati Prinsloo, Karlie Kloss, and Uzo Aduba were special guests at the second show.[121]
July 11, 2015
August 5, 2015 One Direction Icona Pop On The Road Again Tour 56,159 / 56,159 (100%) $5,156,858
August 15, 2015 Kenny Chesney
Jason Aldean
Brantley Gilbert
Cole Swindell
Old Dominion
The Big Revival Tour (Chesney)
Burn It Down Tour (Aldean)
58,642 / 58,642 (100%) $6,067,017
August 26, 2015 AC/DC Vintage Trouble Rock or Bust World Tour 48,881 / 50,000 (98%) $4,492,251
July 16, 2016 Coldplay Alessia Cara
Foxes
A Head Full of Dreams Tour 100,763 / 100,763 (100%) $10,749,394[122] [123]
July 17, 2016
July 23, 2016 Guns N' Roses Lenny Kravitz Not in This Lifetime... Tour 100,177 / 100,177 (100%) $11,687,391[124]
July 24, 2016
August 7, 2016 Paul McCartney One on One 52,465 / 52,465 (100%) $7,808,072
August 20, 2016 Kenny Chesney Miranda Lambert
Sam Hunt
Old Dominion
Spread the Love Tour 56,292 / 56,292 (100%) $5,736,232
August 23, 2016 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band The River Tour 2016 153,930 / 153,930 (100%) $18,239,039 The first show lasted 3 hours and 52 minutes, at the time his longest show ever in the United States and the third longest show of his career.[125] The second show lasted 3 hours and 59 minutes surpassing the previous show in which Tom Morello was the special guest.[126] The third and final show lasted 4 hours and 1 minute in which Rickie Lee Jones was the special guest.[127]
August 25, 2016
August 30, 2016
October 7, 2016 Beyoncé DJ Khaled The Formation World Tour 50,703 / 50,703 (100%) $6,064,625[128] This concert was originally scheduled to take place on September 7, 2016, but was rescheduled due to doctor's orders for vocal rest.[129] Serena Williams, Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar were special guests. Beyoncé also added "6 Inch" to the setlist.[130]
May 14, 2017 Metallica Avenged Sevenfold
Volbeat
WorldWired Tour 46,941 / 49,155 (95%) $5,955,038[131]
June 28, 2017 U2 The Lumineers The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 110,642 / 110,642 (100%) $14,568,805[131]
June 29, 2017
August 1, 2017 Coldplay AlunaGeorge
Izzy Bizu
A Head Full of Dreams Tour 54,501 / 54,501 (100%) $7,861,460[132]
June 2, 2018 Luke Bryan Sam Hunt
John Pardi
Morgan Wallen
What Makes You Country Tour 46,057 $3,900,000[133]
July 20, 2018 Taylor Swift Camila Cabello
Charli XCX
Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour[134] 165,564 / 165,564 (100%) $22,031,386 Swift became the first female artist in history to headline and sell out three consecutive shows at the stadium. During the second show, Swift performed "Clean" before the "Long Live" / "New Year's Day" medley. During the third show, Swift performed "So It Goes..." in place of "Dancing with Our Hands Tied".[135]
July 21, 2018
July 22, 2018
August 2, 2018 Beyoncé
Jay-Z
Chloe x Halle
DJ Khaled
On the Run II Tour 99,755 / 99,755 (100%) $13,886,416 At the beginning of the first show, the entire stadium was evacuated due to a nearby thunderstorm. The show start time was postponed until 11:30pm with the show ending at 1:30am. During the second show, "Nice" was added to the setlist.
August 3, 2018
August 18, 2018 Kenny Chesney Thomas Rhett
Old Dominion
Brandon Lay
Trip Around The Sun Tour[136]
September 21, 2018 Ed Sheeran Snow Patrol
Anne-Marie
÷ Tour[137] 107,500 / 107,500 (100%) $11,220,207
September 22, 2018
May 18, 2019 BTS Love Yourself World Tour 98,574 / 98,574 (100%) $14,050,410[138] BTS became the first Korean act to perform at the stadium.
May 19, 2019
August 1, 2019 The Rolling Stones The Wombats No Filter Tour 104,964 / 104,964 (100%) $25,510,438 These concerts were originally scheduled to take place on June 13 and 17, 2019 but were postponed due to Mick Jagger recovering from a heart procedure.[139]
August 5, 2019 Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
September 21, 2019 Romeo Santos Utopía Concert $9,003,680 The first Latin artist ever to perform in this stadium as a headliner[140][141]
August 5, 2021 Guns N' Roses Mammoth WVH We're F'N' Back! Tour TBA TBA Originally planned for July 18, 2020 as a stop on the Guns N' Roses 2020 Tour;

Postponed due to pandemic [142]

October 9, 2021 Aventura
Guests
• Tonio Skits

•Radel Ortiz

•Isabel Ortiz

Inmortal Stadium Tour 48,327 / 48,327 (100%) $7,339,642 The first Latin band ever to perform in this stadium as a headliners. This was also the end of the Inmortal Tour in the United States.[143] This was also their second time at MetLife. Their first was when they were the closing act for the lead singer Romeo Santos's Utopía Concert back in 2019.[144]
June 4, 2022 Coldplay H.E.R.
Bea Miller
Music of the Spheres World Tour 117,240 / 117,240 (100%) $13,153,892 Kylie Minogue was the special guest at the first show, performing "Can't Get You Out of My Head" with the band. Bruce Springsteen was the special guest at the second show, performing "Working on a Dream" and "Dancing in the Dark" with the band.[145][146]
June 5, 2022
June 16, 2022 Paul McCartney Got Back 51,872 / 51,872 (100%) $13,012,034 Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi were the special guests.[147][148]
June 18, 2022 Grupo Firme Enfiestados y Amanecidos Tour [149]
July 16, 2022 The Weeknd Kaytranada
Mike Dean
After Hours til Dawn Tour The Weeknd premiered a trailer for his upcoming HBO series, The Idol, at this show right before he went on stage.[150][151]
July 23, 2022 Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road
July 24, 2022
July 30, 2022 Los Bukis Una Historia Cantada [152]
August 11, 2022 Lady Gaga The Chromatica Ball 53,155 / 53,155 (100%) $8,412,348 Originally planned for August 19, 2020, before initially being delayed to August 19, 2021; Postponed due to pandemic[153]
August 13, 2022 Kenny Chesney Dan + Shay
Old Dominion
Carly Pearce
Here and Now Tour Originally known as the Chillaxification Tour; Originally planned for August 22, 2020, before initially being delayed to August 13, 2021; Postponed due to pandemic[154]
August 17, 2022 Red Hot Chili Peppers The Strokes
Thundercat
2022 Global Stadium Tour 50,944 / 50,944 (100%) $9,475,596 [155]
September 6, 2022 Rammstein Rammstein Stadium Tour Originally planned for September 10, 2020, before initially being delayed to September 10, 2021; Postponed due to pandemic[156]
May 26, 2023 Taylor Swift Phoebe Bridgers
Gayle
The Eras Tour Swift became the first artist in history to headline and sell out three consecutive shows at the stadium twice. Highest three-day attendance in stadium history.
May 27, 2023 Phoebe Bridgers
Gracie Abrams
May 28, 2023 Phoebe Bridgers
Owenn
June 10, 2023 Ed Sheeran Dylan
Khalid
Mathematics Tour 173,390 / 173,390 (100%) $18,007,052 Sheeran broke the attendance record for a concert in this venue with 89,000 fans attending his show on June 11.[157]
June 11, 2023
July 6, 2023 TWICE Ready to Be World Tour 47,907

(100%)

$7,557,127 Became the first Korean female act to headline and sell out at MetLife Stadium
July 29, 2023 Beyoncé Renaissance World Tour 106,056 / 106,056 (100%) $33,082,997 Highest-grossing boxscore report in the stadium's history.
July 30, 2023
August 4, 2023 Metallica Pantera
Mammoth WVH
M72 World Tour
August 6, 2023 Five Finger Death Punch
Ice Nine Kills
August 11, 2023 Blackpink Born Pink World Tour
August 12, 2023
August 15, 2023 Guns N' Roses 2023 Tour
August 30, 2023 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 2023 Tour
September 1, 2023
September 3, 2023
September 7, 2023 Karol G Agudelo Mañana Será Bonito Tour
September 8, 2023 Agudelo
Young Miko
May 17, 2024 Morgan Wallen One Night At A Time World Tour Rescheduled from May 19 and 20, 2023 due to health reasons.
May 18, 2024
May 23, 2024 The Rolling Stones Hackney Diamonds Tour
May 26, 2024
July 19, 2024 Luke Combs Growin’ Up And Gettin’ Old Tour
July 20, 2024
August 17, 2024 Kenny Chesney
Zac Brown Band
Megan Moroney
Uncle Kracker
Sun Goes Down 2024 Tour
October 3, 2024 Pink Sheryl Crow
KidCutUp
The Script
P!NK: Summer Carnival

Other events

The stadium hosted the 12th Siyum HaShas, a celebration of the completion of the Talmud through the 7+12-year Daf Yomi study program, on August 1, 2012. At 93,000 seats, it was the highest capacity crowd in the stadium's history, due to on-field seating and a ticket sell-out. The siyum was a Department of Homeland Security level two security event, the most critical short of a presidential visit.[158][159] On January 1, 2020, it hosted the 13th Siyum HaShas.[160]

The stadium hosts the annual Summer Jam festival sponsored by WQHT FM ("Hot 97").

Since 2012, the stadium has been the main site of the two-day electronic music festival Electric Daisy Carnival's stop in the New York Metropolitan Area bringing electronic acts including Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell, Porter Robinson and Tiësto.

In 2014, two of the "Keep Seeking First God's Kingdom!" International Conventions of Jehovah's Witnesses were held at the stadium.[161]

On July 14 and 15, 2017, the stadium hosted the 18th International Indian Film Academy Awards, the Oscars of Bollywood, for the first time.[162]

On January 16, 2018, the stadium hosted the inaugural ball for newly elected New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.[163]

MetLife Stadium is also the host of various high school Marching Band and Drum Corps International competitions.

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