Jets, Giants will flip coin for new stadium opener
It’s a toss up whether the Jets or Giants will open the new
The Jets announced on their Web site Saturday night that they
will flip a coin with the Giants to determine which team will host
the first regular-season game at their new 82,500-seat, $1.6
billion stadium this season.
Both teams have expressed to the NFL their desire to play the
opening game there. The Jets said the league will make heads or
tails of it by tossing a coin in the near future.
“We look forward to the coin toss,” Jets spokesman Bruce
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello would not confirm a flip would occur,
saying simply that commissioner Roger Goodell determines the
“We have no announcements to make about the schedule at this
point,” Aiello added.
This year’s regular-season schedule will be announced next
month. The teams do not play each other in the regular season this
year, eliminating the possibility of both opening the stadium in
The Jets have shared a stadium with the Giants since they moved
from Shea Stadium for the 1984 season. The new Meadowlands Stadium
is the first constructed to serve as the home of two NFL teams, and
holds the distinction of being the largest privately financed
stadium in U.S. history.
The teams are also teaming up to try to bring the 2014 Super
Bowl to the Meadowlands. Miami and Tampa also plan to present bids
for the game. League owners will award the game at their annual
meeting in May.
If the new stadium wins out, it would set the stage for the
first cold weather Super Bowl. The NFL gave the Giants and Jets the
right to bid on the Super Bowl game in December despite the
traditional requirement that host regions have a minimum
temperature of 50 degrees or stadiums with domes or retractable
The new stadium does not have a retractable roof.
AP Sports Writer Tom Canavan in East Rutherford, N.J.,
contributed to this report.