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Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Stadium Journey: The Giants' home field

By Tom Uddo
Stadium Journey

MetLife Stadium
Editor's note: Playbook is tapping its friends at Stadium Journey to share their wealth of information about sports venues across the country and around the world. Today, we take a tour of the site of Wednesday night's NFL opener, MetLife Stadium.

When MetLife Stadium opened its doors in 2010, it was leaving behind countless moments in the old “Giants Stadium” located directly across street. The $1.6 billion venue, which is also home to the New York Jets (lighting changes and image swapping occurs during the changeover), is as glamorous as they come in comparison to other NFL arenas. While the surrounding area of the stadium may dampen the mood to the average fan and cost them an arm-and-a-leg, the home of the defending Super Bowl champions offers great food, a dynamic atmosphere inside and out, as well as showcasing the long history of the Giants storied franchise.

Food & Beverage ★★★★★

With the ample amount of food at MetLife Stadium, it would be hard for other stadiums around the league to compete with the feast that is offered. Traditional food stands which supply hot dogs, hamburgers, beer and pretzels are scattered across the stadium, while Papa John's pizza, cheesesteaks, craft beers and Mrs. Fields cookies may appeal to first-timers.

Even though the venue is located in New Jersey, MetLife Stadium does a great job of giving it that "New York" feeling through the foods available. "Brooklyn Burgers", the "Boardwalk Fryer" and the "New York Delicatessen" offer up an array of foods from pastrami sandwiches, corned beef, fried hot dogs, clams and freshly grilled gourmet burgers.

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