Capacity: 78,741 seats
Playing Surface: FieldTurf
Draft Beer: $8.00 (bottled)
Hot Dog: $4.75
Stadium Parking: $40.00
Giants Stadium Address
50 State Highway 120
East Rutherford, NJ 07073
at Giants Stadium was incredible. It was an uncharacteristically warm
New York November day. With gameday temperatures in the mid-sixties,
fans were out in full force showcasing why this is one of the better
tailgating venues in the league. Just like the Jets fans we visited
earlier in the year, New York Giants fans are exceptional tailgaters.
Once situated in their parking areas of choice, tailgaters throughout
the lot setup the temporary tent communities that have become
commonplace throughout the league and get to the business of putting
meat to flame as soon as possible. To guide me in my own immersive study
of New York Football Giants Tailgating, I selected two of their finest
representatives to show me the ropes. Big
Blue Tailgaters and Big
Blue BBQ came
highly recommended and as perennial asphalt all pros. I knew they would
be welcome additions to my Tailgating Hall of Fame.
began by stopping in on Big
Blue Tailgaters which
traditionally sets up in lot 13B. Situated a bit further away from the
hustle and bustle of the main lot, you'll find their 1981 SportCoach RV
parked adjacent to the Giants practice field in the southwest corner of
the lot. John Bakalarczyk and his crew have rescued this classic road
warrior from living out its final days rotting away in relative
obscurity, as it now makes the trip to Giants Stadium for every home
game. A $1500 craigslist purchase, the SportCoach was meticulously
restored with earth tone window treatments and some awesome,
bronze-colored shag carpeting, making the plush interior of their
tailgating cruiser an optimal tailgating base of operations. As BigBlueTailgaters.com,
John and a bunch of buddies from high school continue to gather for Giants
home games, cooking up some great barbecue and sharing in their ice cold
liquid beverage of choice. Great group of folks, great food, a good time
was definitely had by all.
For the latter part of
the day, we retired to the other side of the lot to hang out with Big
Blue BBQ and
Greg Scharfstein, our host for the day. A amalgamation of once separate
tailgates, Greg, Joe, Jimmy, and John have an incredible following over
in 18F. A custom trailer painted with Giants Logos hosts a full bar,
flatscreen TV, and onboard bathroom facilities to provide a suitable
central command for Big
Two ten by ten steel-framed tents flank the trailer, offering guests a
respite from the elements with plenty of comfortable seating. Tailgaters
spend the day
NFL games in HD and eating some of the best BBQ available in the lot.
There was plenty of great food and snacks and lots of beer (these guys
had Sam Adams on tap!), as my family and I sampled everything. A live
DJ was spinning tunes throughout the pregame party and there were plenty
of tailgate games to keep the fans entertained (I need to introduce
these guys tofowling).
If you're looking for prime time tailgating, this is the spot. Very
impressive tailgate, lots of friendly, knowledgeable fans, I was honored
to be invited.
gametime approached, we made our way over to Giants Stadium. I purchased
some exceptional lower bowl seats from TicketCity that gave us a great
view of the field. Wearing my Osi Umenyiora jersey, I was interested in
keying in on the Giants Defense who appeared
be a big reason for their quick start at the beginning of the season.
The first half ended in a 7-7 tie as the New
York Giants Defense held LaDanian Tomlinson in check, continuing their
dominant play. In the second half the Giants offense came to life
building a solid lead, but settling for field goals when they should
have punched it in the endzone. In the end, the Giants allowed San
Diego to hang around way too long and they paid dearly as Philip Rivers
led the go ahead touchdown drive to notch a big win for the Chargers.
With a touchdown strike to Vincent Jackson leaving 21 seconds left on
the clock, the San Diego Super Chargers stole a win.
By: Hans Steiniger
Stadium Review - "All Hail the New York Giants!"
A ten hour
road trip to New Jersey separated me from East Rutherford, New Jersey to
watch the New York Football Giants take on the San Diego Super Chargers
in a Week Nine Sunday afternoon matchup at Giants Stadium. So we packed
up the Quest Machine and were on the road Friday
evening right after work. Arriving in New Jersey early Saturday morning,
I was amazed at how difficult it was to decode the cryptic New Jersey
highway system. Even the GPS seemed to have trouble navigating the
mishmash of bridges, tunnels, and elevated highways. We were constantly
rerouting for no apparent reason, exiting via seemingly misplaced
off-ramps, or crossing one of the many dilapidated-looking bridges in
the area. I'm sure there are parts of New Jersey that are very
picturesque, but judging by what I saw over the weekend, apparently I
didn't happen to make it to those parts.
Early on Saturday morning we linked up with Mad Mike in Jersey City.
Mike sold me his parking pass for the game which allowed us to park the
Quest Machine right in the stadium lot. This was incredibly fortunate as
it allowed us to avoid the mass of humanity trying to locate offsite
parking on gameday, which would have really ruined the pregame
libations. Right now with construction of the new stadium underway, the
parking situation at Giants Stadium is a mess. Most people take public
transit, such as the buses or trains that regularly service the area or
they're parking off-site and then taking a shuttle bus to the game.
options have their advantages, but I think they're outweighed by some
severe drawbacks. The new rail system that was recently built to service
the Meadowlands just opened this season, but it doesn't start running
until two and a half hours before gametime (so there's no tailgating for
these fans). Off-site parking is doable, but you spend the entire
morning trying to get on a shuttle bus to the stadium when you should be
guzzling that ice cold gameday beverage of choice. In my experience, if
you're interested in doing some pregame tailgating, the best option is
buy a parking pass. If you can't get your hands on a parking pass, take
a New Jersey Transit bus. They begin running around 7:00AM, so they'll
get you to the lot in plenty of time, and they're much easier than
trying to park near the Meadowlands in a satellite lot. The return trip
is a great time to grab that new rail back to New York, but be careful
because it will quit running a couple hours after gametime as well.