MetLife Stadium to feature neutral end zones this weekend

AP

As the home of two NFL teams, MetLife Stadium is used to having different looks at different times whether the Jets or Giants are in residence.

That includes changing lighting and signage around the facility to reflect the current home team and it usually involves painting the end zones in the appropriate colors as well. That won’t be the case this weekend, however.

The Jets host the Dolphins on Saturday night and the Giants host the Lions on Sunday, which won’t leave enough time for workers to get the end zones in order. As a result, they’ll go with nine slash marks in both end zones in a neutral configuration that works for all involved.

“We are always prepared to host two consecutive football games, whether college or NFL,” MetLife Stadium president and CEO Ron VanDeVeen said, via the Associated Press. “However, due to the timing of Saturday’s 8:25 p.m. New York Jets game followed by Sunday’s 1 p.m. New York Giants game, coupled with the current weather forecast, the decision was made to use neutral end zones for this weekend’s contests. This decision will allow for appropriate maintenance of the playing surface throughout the weekend.”

The change in appearance shouldn’t have any impact on the results, but may cause a viewer or two to double-check where the games are being played.

36 responses to “MetLife Stadium to feature neutral end zones this weekend

  1. The Nine Stripes in the End Zone represents the total number of NFL Championships for both teams.

    For those keeping score at home, that would be 8 for the Giants. And 1 for the Jets.

  2. Just paint the end zones “Giants”. Waste of time and paint to bother with that other team.
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    Yes, because the Giants have been sooooo impressive this year. (Minus last weekend, where they maybe looked like they wanted to play football).

  3. cboys4life2014 says:
    Dec 15, 2016 9:39 AM
    At first I thought why is this news? Then I realized if it’s not made news the Giants offense wouldn’t know how the end zone is painted
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    That made me curious so I checked, the cowgirls currently have the longest stretch without a TD. They barely edged out the Niners. Neither one scored after the first quarter of last week but SF scored later

  4. To all of you JETS haters, please remember that Joe Namath has more Super Bowl rings than the “great” Jim Kelly of Buffalo!

  5. Surprised the NFL didn’t decide to try to squeeze out a few more shekels from advertisers to buy the end zone space. Maybe Viagra in one end and Cialis in the other

  6. The Jets host the Dolphins on Saturday night and the Giants host the Lions on Sunday, which won’t leave enough time for workers to get the end zones in order.

    Really. Really? Hell, I could paint an end zone or tw in that time. To quote Larry David/George Constanza, “it wasn’t really that difficult.”

    Reality, NY/NJ, it must be a no union guys up all night or something.

  7. Have they ever discussed what would happen if both teams host a Coference Championship game? Statistically, it’s only a one in 256 chance. But I assume they still have to be ready.

  8. rjc32586 says:
    Dec 15, 2016 11:01 AM

    Have they ever discussed what would happen if both teams host a Coference Championship game? Statistically, it’s only a one in 256 chance. But I assume they still have to be ready.

    Already been discussed by the teams and the league. If the Jets and Giants find themselves in the situation where they’d both host conference championships, the team that played the division game the previous Saturday would also play the CG on Saturday.

  9. kablaam360 says:
    Dec 15, 2016 10:29 AM

    Yes, because the Giants have been sooooo impressive this year. (Minus last weekend, where they maybe looked like they wanted to play football).
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    At the end of the year it’s not how but how many that matters. It may not show up as much when you play Madden but football fans know there are 3 phases to the game and more often than not the better D wins

  10. cboys4life2014 says:
    Dec 15, 2016 9:39 AM

    At first I thought why is this news? Then I realized if it’s not made news the Giants offense wouldn’t know how the end zone is painted
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    and yet they found it enough to defeat Dullas twice…

  11. @ jgedgar70 says:
    Dec 15, 2016 10:56 AM

    Yet another exhibit that either a drunk hobo or a 7-year-old kid makes the NFL schedule.
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    As both a 7 year-old and a Hobo from Hoboken, I am offended!!! LMAO!

  12. How about they do the announcer-free game with only field mics…so we can hear the smack talk and judge for ourselves if it’s too sensitive.

  13. Okay can someone again explain to me why they are called the New York Jets and New York Giants when their stadium is located in New Jersey? I’m sorry but that is bizarre. They should be called the New Jersey Giants and New Jersey Jets…..end of story. I feel better now.

  14. Dec 15, 2016 12:12 PM
    Okay can someone again explain to me why they are called the New York Jets and New York Giants

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    Probably for the same reason we don’t have the Hyattsville or MD Redskins, Arlington Cowgirls, Orchard Park Bills, Miami Gardens Dolphins or Santa Clara 49ers

  15. “New York in New Jersey. Quaint.”

    Wow. I think you’re the first person to notice that, you sad, unfunny person.

  16. “Given the focus the league has on stadium revenue, it baffles me that in one of the largest markets they let two teams cram into one stadium.”

    That’s why you are not put in charge of maximizing profit for a billion dollar organization.

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