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Giants, Jets working together to stop nearby mega-mall

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The Giants and Jets might share a building, but they remain rivals on most fronts.

But the teams are working together on a joint venture, filing a lawsuit to stop construction of a giant mall and entertainment complex next door to MetLife Stadium.

American Dream (formerly called Xanadu) is a $3.7 billion project funded by Triple Five, the company that owns the Mall of America in Minnesota. Construction was halted in 2009, and the Giants and Jets hope it stays that way.

Developers “apparently believe that the project, which they hope will attract 55 million people annually, is not going to have any impact on traffic on game days,” Giants co-owner, John Mara, said Friday, via NorthJersey.com. “We don’t see how that is possible.”

Though Bergen County, N.J. blue laws prohibit most retail shopping on Sundays (the days the two football teams care most about), there’s an argument over how much of a traffic nightmare it would become while they’re trying to do business.

Bergen County’s blue laws prohibit most retail shopping on Sundays, but Mara said that “it’s never been clear about what percentage of the project would be open” on game days.

In addition to a giant mall, the project is scheduled to include a water park, and indoor amusement park, a giant Ferris wheel and an indoor ski slope.

“We hoped to sit down and work out a reasonable compromise, but they’ve so far taken the position that they can simply be open on Sundays,” Mara said. “If you look at the other malls in Bergen County, they’re quite successful while being closed on Sundays for 52 weeks a year. We’re obviously asking for a lot less from them.”

State and local officials have supported the plan, and hope that a portion of it might be open by Feb. 2, 2014, when the Super Bowl will be played at MetLife.

They also contend that rail and highway upgrades mitigate the traffic problems the football teams envision.

Having seen part of the construction site up close while navigating in and out of the Meadowlands, it’a almost impossible to imagine how it wouldn’t be a nightmare. And the thought of navigating such a space on a Super Bowl Sunday boggles the mind.

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26 Responses to “Giants, Jets working together to stop nearby mega-mall”
  1. tenotnamedmiller says: Jun 23, 2012 8:21 AM

    Story right out of A-Team episode.

  2. taintedlombardis says: Jun 23, 2012 8:30 AM

    Sorry Giants and Jets…that’s Capitalism…you just got big-boyed…

    Oh, that’s right, the 32 owners are only fans of Capitalism when it suits them. From demanding public funds to revenue sharing, I’d say the NFL is full of it…

  3. kd75 says: Jun 23, 2012 8:37 AM

    I grew up in Hackensack NJ. The Bergen County blue laws are odd to say the least.

    You can buy toothpaste but not a toothbrush on Sunday.

    But if you know NJTP Exit 16W, the traffic cant get any worse than it already is. Lincoln Tunnel to 495 to Rt 3 is no picnic either. Rt 17 is jammed.

    Locals know that Rt 46 to Moonachie Rd to Patterson Plank Rd is the way to go.

  4. kd75 says: Jun 23, 2012 8:40 AM

    Basically, if you live in NJ and can’t circumvent traffic…”Welcome new neighbor. Where’d you move from?”

  5. Jon DiPietro says: Jun 23, 2012 8:47 AM

    This has less to do with traffic and more to do with competition. The NFL owners are looking at what the Krafts did with Patriot Place and saying, “I want me some of that.” Triple Five beat them to the punch and they’re not happy.

  6. billythebuffalo says: Jun 23, 2012 8:54 AM

    Wouldn’t it be good for their economy though?

    (More businesses, more jobs, more spending by consumers, etc.)

  7. nfl fan says: Jun 23, 2012 9:10 AM

    Fortunately, it won’t interfere with the real fans who are tailgating, not too many shoppers out at 7am on a Sunday.

  8. rabbi187 says: Jun 23, 2012 9:29 AM

    Just make a clause that makes the mall closed 20 times throughout the year…

  9. illbillgiantz4lif says: Jun 23, 2012 9:42 AM

    With the new mass transit train, and the New York City subway stop at the new Meadowlands, I would have thought that the traffic would be better around the stadium. I guess not.

  10. east96st says: Jun 23, 2012 9:57 AM

    If there’s one thing Northern NJ desperately needs, it’s another mall. The one every five miles ratio is clearly too low.

  11. kevdog1020 says: Jun 23, 2012 10:00 AM

    taintedlombardis says:
    Jun 23, 2012 8:30 AM
    Sorry Giants and Jets…that’s Capitalism…you just got big-boyed…

    Oh, that’s right, the 32 owners are only fans of Capitalism when it suits them. From demanding public funds to revenue sharing, I’d say the NFL is full of it…

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    MetLife Stadium was 100% privately funded you dope. Giants and Jets did not demand a single dime from the public.

  12. wardrivekeith says: Jun 23, 2012 10:02 AM

    Could this be more about losing parking, merchandise, and food revenue to a mall and it’s parking lot nearby? Ya know … two sports teams putting a stop to a $3.7 B construction project and all the jobs that it will create? Not to mention sales taxes from 55M annual visitors? All for Football dates? If I were an NJ taxpayer … I’d be SUPER PISSED!

  13. winninitall says: Jun 23, 2012 10:05 AM

    The training system is going to do much for shopping traffic. People aren’t going to go shopping and lug all there new items on a train to there house. I go to new port mall and if I am planning on getting anything big, I drive there. If not I take the light rail/ path.

  14. illiniftw says: Jun 23, 2012 10:13 AM

    @billythebuffalo Didn’t you know that new stadiums are the only new buildings that are good for the economy??

  15. cuffhimbanano says: Jun 23, 2012 10:16 AM

    I would care what the Giants and Jets thought on this issue if they hadn’t built a stadium with public funds.

  16. njsteelersfan says: Jun 23, 2012 10:50 AM

    Someone should ask the Jets/Giants are they going to pay back the millionsssss from tax payers pockets that Governor Corzine spent when he was in office ? Its going to be all retail stores so they will be closed on Sundays since you can only buy food or is it that the Jets/Giants are afraid the mall will have more fans then they do .

  17. nonbandwagonjetsfan says: Jun 23, 2012 11:05 AM

    I think the teams should be making a bigger deal about how heinous-looking that glorified container station is! Even Christie said it’s the ugliest structure in America, not to mention the fact that it’s basically been sitting there rotting without any further developments made in over 2 years!

  18. rdrs68 says: Jun 23, 2012 11:33 AM

    They would no doubt sell food at reasonable prices at the mall and we wouldn’t want folks buying a burger next door when the team is selling them for five times more money.

  19. tmkelley1 says: Jun 23, 2012 11:42 AM

    Blue laws? Blue laws? I thought those disappeared 30 years ago. The only time that stores are closed here in California is Thanksgiving and Christmas, and that is mostly to get ready for Christmas and to recover from Christmas.

  20. romoscollarbone says: Jun 23, 2012 12:10 PM

    Yep Bergen Co. NJ blue laws still exist. Anyway, the traffic around the Meadowlands on a non-gameday at peak hours is terrible. I can’t see how theyd be able to do this without reconfiguring route 3 and the TP interchanges. I live 30mins away without traffic and I know, it wouldnt be overly appealing to schlep up there. We have Paramus Mall, Jersey Gardens, Menlo, Woodbridge, Short Hills, that I can think of off the top of my head in a 30 mi radius. Plus all the retail stores on the local highways.

  21. kodakinvegas says: Jun 23, 2012 5:42 PM

    As a outside of New Jersey/New Yourk NFL fan I would say along with many others I’m sure. WHO cares. However, I do understand your concerns about getting to a game in Sunday. Who needs a mall and 55mil spenders in the county when it’s football season what the heck is wrong with those people? Malls n jibs over football? Have they lost their mind?

  22. bigbluefan1 says: Jun 23, 2012 7:08 PM

    cuffhimbanano says:Jun 23, 2012 10:16 AM

    I would care what the Giants and Jets thought on this issue if they hadn’t built a stadium with public funds.

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    Great post not based on facts what do write for the NY Times
    The FANS paid for Metlife to be built with PSL sales and what was not covered by that they teams went to the bank and borrowed.

    The State gave the swamp land and fixed a few roads Note it is the same land where the old place was.

    As I said great post pure lies.

  23. bigbluefan1 says: Jun 23, 2012 7:16 PM

    njsteelersfan says:Jun 23, 2012 10:50 AM

    Someone should ask the Jets/Giants are they going to pay back the millionsssss from tax payers pockets that Governor Corzine spent when he was in office ? Its going to be all retail stores so they will be closed on Sundays since you can only buy food or is it that the Jets/Giants are afraid the mall will have more fans then they do .

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    Can not speak for the jets but the giants sell out ever week 85,000 fans how many seats are in that litte stadium by the river in pitt oh wait I know 20,000 less so I guess it is easy to see that the Giants have 20,000 more fans in seats then the steelers.
    Facts are such a sorry thing for you haters

  24. backindasaddle says: Jun 23, 2012 7:22 PM

    tmkelley1 says:
    Jun 23, 2012 11:42 AM
    Blue laws? Blue laws? I thought those disappeared 30 years ago. The only time that stores are closed here in California is Thanksgiving and Christmas, and that is mostly to get ready for Christmas and to recover from Christmas.
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    It surprises me that there’s even anybody left that would want to celebrate Thanksgiving in Mexifornia anymore. Maybe there’s still a few American citizens left in Northern CA that care.

  25. cidman2001 says: Jun 23, 2012 8:35 PM

    “Blue laws? Blue laws? I thought those disappeared 30 years ago. ”

    Me too! WTF? Maybe the Jets/Giants ought to just be glad they reside in a county still stuck in the stone age where religious BS still overrides common sense and convenience for all. I love all the false outrage about other dumb crap as if the wants of the NFL should supersede the rights of other business owners to make a living. That’s the thing everyone should be pissed about. Tell Woody and Mara to suck it up and stop whining…….

  26. roadtrip3500 says: Jun 24, 2012 3:01 PM

    Those of you saying MetLife was privately funded and/or the state only paid for some minor road and parking improvements are forgetting one thing. The state also agreed to eat all the remaining debt on Giants Stadium. That was long-term state-issued bonds that the state still has to cover with no building to generate revenue… all they get now is the land lease from the stadium LLC, since the state has no financial interest in the building itself.

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