Compared to the Jets, the New York Giants enjoy the more dominant fanbase in New York. If you ask us, it’s absolutely worth it to go watch a game of either team just to feel the incredible atmosphere and energy in the stadium. American football is probably the most popular sport here in the US. Here’s everything you need to know before heading to a Giants game, including schedule, best seats, and getting yourself NY Giants tickets.
NY Giants Schedule
Football season runs from September through February. Teams will first play their counterparts within the same division and conference. The most successful teams of the NFC and the AFC then have playoff games to determine the best team in each conference. Football seasons ends with the infamous Superbowl, where the conference champions compete for the NFL champion title.
Coronavirus 2020 and the NFL
With the coronavirus spreading throughout the world, most, if not all professional sports have been postponed or canceled. Fortunately for the NFL, it’s their off-season. However, the off-season is when players train and prepare for the upcoming season. But without access to field, gyms and very important team meetings it will take players a while to get back into playing shape. Also, the NFL draft will still be held on April 23-25th. The draft is usually a big deal and draws a crowd, but because of restrictions, this year’s draft will be held remotely and virtually. As of right now, it seems like the NFL regular season is still on schedule, but obviously this situation is dynamic. Hopefully, everything will be close to normal come September so you can experience the NY Giants atmosphere.
NY Giants Tickets & Best Seats
MetLife Stadium is actually in New Jersey and can hold 82,500 football fans. That’s a good indicator of the noise and energy level at these games. We think that the best seats are the ones in the 100s and 200s. These will give you the best view of the playing field. If you can’t get tickets in these sections – don’t worry. The stadium is extremely well designed so that seats off to the side or higher up still give you good views of the action below. The individual levels of the stadium are relatively steep (as you can see in the photos) and even if you are sitting higher up, you are really not that far away from the field. Also, there are big jumbotrons in the arena where you can see instant replays.
About MetLife Stadium
Every home game of the NY Giants is played at MetLife Stadium (formerly New Meadowlands Stadium). If the New York Giants do not have a home game during your visit, check out the schedule for the New York Jets which is another New York NFL team. They actually play in the same stadium as the Giants under a special agreement. MetLife Stadium is massive! It is the largest NFL stadium in the country.
How to get to MetLife Stadium
Even though MetLife Stadium is located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and therefore not in New York City, it is well connected to the public transportation network. You can easily travel between Manhattan to the Giants stadium within just about 30 minutes! Your best options to get to MetLife stadium are by bus or by train.
1. Getting there by train
From Penn Station, take the NJ Transit Train and get off at the first station Secaucus (Frank R. Lautenberg Rail Station). The ride only takes 10 minutes and a one-way ticket costs $4.25. You can easily purchase them at the machines at Penn Station or through the NJ Transit App. From Secaucus, you get on the next train to Meadowlands Rail Station which is another 10-minute ride! Trains run regularly to get the crowd into the stadium. So even if you miss a train, the next one will only be a few minutes away. Once you arrive at Meadowlands Rail Station, you are already at the gate of the stadium! Beginning at approx. 3 1/2 hours before the start of the game, trains run every 10 to 20 minutes. During the game – when most people are already in their seats – only once an hour, and when the game is over, the schedule goes back to every 10 minutes. A one-way ticket will cost you approx. $10.
2. Getting there by bus
The “351 Meadowlands Express” will take you from Manhattan Port Authority to MetLife Stadium within 1 hour for just $10. Buses start running approx. 2 1/2 hours before the start of the game with the last ones even 30 minutes after official game start.
I recommend taking the train!
It’s easy, fast, cheap, and you have no chance of getting lost. And don’t forget to get there early so you can enjoy other aspects of the game like tailgating. Tailgating is a football tradition and can be extremely fun. Basically, in the parking lots, right before the game there is almost a street fair kind of atmosphere. People bring portable grills to cook burgers, hot dogs and BBQ. There’s a lot of eating, drinking, and everyone is in high spirits. Tailgating definitely sets the tone for the upcoming game. It’s probably why NFL fans are so crazy, in a good way.
More about the New York Giants
The NY Giants are considered better than their hometown rival. Football is one of the biggest and most popular sports in the US, and if you want to get caught up in the excitement of one of these games, going to a New York Giants game is the way to go.
The New York Giants have been through a lot in their history. Established in 1925, the team has been in existence for almost 100 years, but it had to wait 50 years to get its own stadium. Until then, the team always played in “foreign” stadiums such as the well-known Yankee Stadium (home of the baseball team, the NY Yankees), Shea Stadium (home games for where the baseball team, NY Mets were played), the Yale Bowl, and finally Giants Stadium which became theirs in 1976. All home games were played there until 2009 season. Since 2010, the New York Giants play at the MetLife Stadium, which they share with their rival, the New York Jets.
The Superbowl is THE biggest sporting event of the year in the US. It is the title game between the two conference champions of the National Football League (NFL). Whoever wins the Superbowl is the new champion of the NFL. The New York Giants have been Superbowl champs 4 times already, most recently in 2007 and 2011 both wins were against the Patriots (who are considered the best franchise in the NFL for the past 20 years). The NFL is divided into two football conferences, the NFC (National Football Conference) and the AFC (American Football Conference). The Giants are part of the NFC and have been conference champions numerous times. The team has made it to the Superbowl a total of 8 times but lost 4 times.
NY Giants Rival
Every team has its archrivals and rivalry games bring the intensity level of the game up a notch. Just like FC Bayern is the sworn enemy of BVB in Germany, the New York Giants have an archrival. They are the Philadelphia Eagles who are also in the Eastern Division of the National Football Conference (NFC). Only a 1-hour drive separates the two cities – that’s why the rivalry is so strong. However, in the recent past, the NY Giants have had the upper hand. There’s also your New York rivalry between the Giants and the Jets, but it’s not as strong as the Philly rivalry.
Fans & Atmosphere
The level of intensity and energy at a football game is incredible. A typical Giants fan gets to the stadium hours before a game. Tickets to games are not exactly cheap, so fans have to make the most of them. In front of the stadium, everyone is in Giants gear and don the team’s colors. There are lots of BBQing, eating, and drinking going on and most fans are wearing the jersey of their favorite player. The atmosphere is loud and boisterous and for many fans of the game, football is a religion. So don’t miss mingling with the fans, experiencing this one-of-a-kind atmosphere, and then cheering the New York Giants on to an exciting win with 80,000 other screaming fans!
NY Giants FAQ
When do the NY Giants play?
Football season starts in September and ends in February with the Super Bowl. You can find all Giants games listed in the Giants schedule for this season.
Where do the NY Giants play?
The NY Giants play their home games at MetLife Stadium, New Jersey. It’s very easy to get to from New York City.
How much are NY Giants tickets?
Giants tickets can be as cheap as $5, however, they won’t offer you the best views. MetLife Stadium is one of the largest stadiums in the country and a relatively good seat will cost you about $50.
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