This upcoming Sunday is considered to be an unofficial holiday for American sports fanatics across the county, as the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos face off in Super Bowl 48. As this game has been played for almost half of a century, it has garnered certain reputations over the years: it has the best (and most expensive) commercials of the year, it’s the longest game of the year (due to all of those commercials), wacky prop bets, a Gatorade shower for the winning coach, and a sunny local to play the game.
However, for the first time in the game’s history, it will be played in New Jersey. Right across the Hudson River from downtown New York city, the anticipated coldest Super Bowl in history will be held. The reason for the NFL to buck the usual mild climates of Florida and California mostly has to do with the recent construction of Met Life Stadium.
Met Life Stadium has a lot technological features, along with having the second highest seating capacity in the league. Here’s a list of some of the more impressive features the stadium boasts:
- 2.1 million square feet in venue size
- 82,500 capacity for football games
- Four 30 foot by 118 foot HD video display boards in each end zone
- Over 2,100 HD monitors throughout the stadium, capable of receiving 70 different channels
- Free wi-fi through out the stadium
On top of all of these features, Met Life is also the only stadium that hosts two teams, which requires an impressive amount of re-configuring from week to week.
Home of the Giants and the Jets
One of the biggest design challenges for creating a stadium that will host two teams, is the ability to create a home feeling for both squads. There are a couple of cool features that Met Life has to accommodate this requirement.
The stadium is designed with mostly neutral colors. The seats are grey, and the outside is covered in aluminum louvers so that high powered lights with blue and green filters can be changed out, making the outside of the stadium team specific depending on who’s playing that night.
As for the field, the only section of the actual turf that requires replacing is the end zones. The fifty yard line is covered with the NFL logo, while the end zones will be changed with a specialized turf square moving machine, to read either, “Giants” or “Jets” depending on which team is playing that day.
Add in all of the signage and merchanise stores that need to be changed, the whole process only takes about two, eight-hour working days. A pretty impressive feat considering the size of the stadium. The Met Life Stadium Website has a cool video that breaks down the change over process.
So while you’re holding your breath, hoping that your bet that the National Anthem will go over the mark of 2 minutes 23 seconds (yes, there are casinos that are actually posting that), take a second to admire the ever-continuous construction project that is Met Life Stadium.