EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants are moving their postgame news conferences out of the glass-enclosed interview area that is accessible to Coaches Club ticketholders at the New Meadowlands Stadium.
So far this season, when coaches and players arrive for their interviews, fans have cheered their arrival and, at times, their answers. But the Giants had an awkward moment after their loss to the Tennessee Titans, when booing could distinctly be heard during one of Giants coach Tom Coughlin's answers.
Giants spokesperson Pat Hanlon said the change was made because it made sense, and that the My9 Giants postgame show would be the spot for Duke Castiglione to do his postgame interviews after Sunday's game. Starting with the Dallas Cowboys game on Nov. 14, the entire show with Russ Salzberg and Amani Toomer will be hosted from the Coaches Club.
After Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions, in a smaller interior space with white cinderblocks and mismatched chairs, Coughlin joked that he liked the coziness better than the expansive Coaches Club.
"I like close-quarters," Coughlin said. "It's family-like."
For any other team, this wouldn't be business as usual, but part of the advertising for the Coaches Club seats in the new stadium was that fans would have access to the postgame interviews for both teams. It was on promotional materials as the Giants and Jets tried to find additional amenities to offer fans who were considering buying Personal Seat Licenses.
The Jets are not planning to move the postgame interviews out of the glass-enclosed interview room, but spokesperson Bruce Speight said they do ask fans to remain quiet while they are taking place.
The difference in picking a postgame spot reflects the two teams' coaches. Jets coach Rex Ryan is very extroverted and engages fans on his way in and out, while Coughlin is more businesslike about the postgame.
The room is enclosed in glass but sits in the middle of a food court with direct access to the sideline. Fans can come into the club after the game, watch reporters ask questions, and listen to answers that are piped into the public area. Both the home team coaches and quarterbacks are always brought in, as well as any standouts in the game. Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka were recent interviews.
"Coaches Club members have exclusive access to unmatched field level views and the post game player and coach's interview room," it says on the New Meadowlands Stadium website.