Today marks a solemn day for Giants fans, Jets fans and concert lovers of New Jersey. Giants Stadium meets its maker this morning.
The cranes are coming, the charges are set. Giants Stadium is coming down. Demolition of the most beloved venue in New Jersey began today at 10 A.M.
Giants Stadium opened in 1976 as the permanent home of the New York Giants and their three Super Bowl titles. Later, the New York Jets, NY/NJ Generals of the USFL, MetroStars/Red Bulls of MLS, World Cup games, high school football championships, plus thousands of concerts play there.
It was Bruce Springsteen's home for his epic 10-night runs. Bon Jovi blasted away on its field for two-plus decades. U2, The Police, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, the Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews Band, Billy Joel and Pink Floyd all called the place home for many nights of Giants Stadium's existence.
Over the last five years, Giants Stadium began to show its wear and tear (I was in the bowels of the building when a massive grease trap exploded, dumping hundreds of pounds of discarded grease outside the Giants locker room). Giants Stadium was built for $78 million dollars and provided little more than just a place to come and watch football. There were no frills to Giants Stadium.
Basic amenities, a weird sticky coating that never came off no matter how much they cleaned the place, and the best tailgating in the NFL made the place great no matter how shoddy it appeared.
Now it is all coming down to make way for the new Meadowlands Stadium in 2010. The Giants and Jets are giving their fans a new home, but no one will ever forget the historic, yet somehow charmingly dank, Giants Stadium.