Giants Stadium Demolition: And The Walls Came Tumbling Down

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Yesterday was one hell of a day to go over to Giants Stadium. I get over there nice and early to see they are making significant progress. Now they are close to removing a second spiral close to the new Stadium side. Moving faster than expected according to some workers. It was weird getting close up and seeing right through the structure at certain points. Big thanks to one of the crew for giving me a lift in his truck to snap some better pictures. Sounds funny, I know.

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As you can see, the are removing certain sections at a time. From the inside out, it crumbles down little by little. Gutted out the way a piranha finishes off its prey. As a group they go inside the carcass. Take out small piece by small piece, leaving behind a cleaned out shell leaving behind the bones. The stadium that was gutted, now has only its metal and cement structure to support it as it comes down.

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I have been reading fans reactions and experiences to last nights New York Jets Draft day party at the new Stadium. I find it interesting so many love having so many choices on where to eat, sit, drink, relax, use the restroom, etc that the game is the reason you should be there. This is where football goes form sports to entertainment. All they are missing is Woody standing outside the big top and barking at the fans to step inside and enjoy the show.

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Do not get me wrong. Everyone knows how much I enjoyed Giants Stadium. But having a stadium that is “up to date” is also a huge plus to any sports fan. More decisions that your typical concession stand. Just an overwhelming experience for the senses. I know I will attend games there at some point and experience the place for myself. I will be amazed like everyone else, but thoughts of what stood next door will just be there to remember.

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Giants Stadium: Visiting VIPs & the Crater

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The new Meadowlands Stadium sure has been busy.  The New York Jets have been letting PSL and non PSL buyers visit their seats.  Everyone is getting their first inside the new stadium completed.  Some same it during college lacrosse but many mroe have had their first glances.  I heard a story one non PSL buyer made a hasty decision and moved from the upper desk and invested in three PSL’s totaling $18,000.  He second guessed the decision and made some deals with friends on the seats.  That is what the Jets wee hoping for.  The chance some, if not many, would want to upgrade to better seats.  They need this right now since all PSLs and non PSL seats are not sold.  One has to wonder if all the new additions, rest areas, lounges, bar’s, etc will take away from people watching the game.  You may be able to say you were there, but would you rather say you were in your seat to see the big play or on TV in the lounge?

Many people have been saying they did not like Giants Stadium.  Saying how it was not the true home of the Jets and they did not like going there.  Well, if you do not like a place then do not go.  But then the argument that comes next is Giants Stadium is where the Jets play.  Well, you can not have it both ways.  Yes, it may not have been “their” home but it was the home for many great Jets moments, far and few in between.  I did not have the hate for it it appears many have.  I am one of the few I guess sad to see it go.  I grew up watching Jets games there so I will have a reason to miss it.  The new stadium may be a colossal conquest of riches but it will just not share the same place in me.  Sometimes a sport is just best watched with no distractions, just the game and the spectator.

I guess at some point I should embrace the new stadium, but it is hard for me to.  As long as I can still see into the old stadium it is hard for me to focus on the new one.  And that time is soon.  Between that and Xanadu it looks like a different area completely.  In some of the pictures, you can still see rows of seats falling over each other.  Resembles a condemed stadium that should have been torn down years ago.  But I guess many will have their way soon, out with the old and up with the new.  So for now, enjoy some pictures of what is left.
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Giants Stadium: Now Without Walls

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Good morning again all.  Yesterday I set out to Giants Stadium once again.  Now, I did not know what to expect when I got there.  I started as I always do in Lot B.  The one that faces Route 3 and the Giants practice facility.  I snapped some pictures from that side and saw there was not much that had changed.  The minute I got to the side that faces 120, WOW!  There was not a small hole in it like last week, but a large gaping hole that is about 12% of the stadium’s facade.  You can see everything now.  Where the seats were, where you would walk along the inside, as well as right through the box seat windows.

I drove around on some roads I know I should not have been on, but did anyway.  All the press and media seem to cover is the new stadium and al its bells and whistles.  What about the old one so many memories still remain?  It is coming down right next to it and no one seems to care.  Texas Stadium had one last tailgate for their fans to show appreciation.  Did the New York Jets, Giants, or even the NJSEA offer that to the faithful Meadowlands Minions who came to the stadium every Sunday?  No, they didn’t.  Fact is all the attention is going to the new facility while the one just sits there waiting for its demise.  Pretty sad if you ask me.  I go back every week because I want everyone to remember what a great stadium it was.  It was the stadium for the fans.  The new one is more for friends of the teams, corporate groups, business partners, corporate sponsors, Woody’s friends, or anyone else with a disposable income.

I am not bitter, far from it.  I just feel the true blue collar fans got the short end of the stick.  If my father was alive, I would be taking him on every trip I make to the stadium.  He would sit there, gaze over and bring up all the stories of us at the stadium.  As I would be driving around looking for the perfect shot he would sit there smiling and laughing at our adventure together.  I keep my father in the back of my mind to remind me why I do this.  Everyone should see and know what is happening to the old stadium.  I will have more pictures up tonight once I water mark them.  Finally figured out how to do that.  For now, enjoy and remember.

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Watched My Last Jets Game, Just Didn’t See It

Good morning everyone.  Wanted to take some time to thank everyone for their support and well wishes for the documentary.  Many Jets fans are glad someone is peaking up for them while some others who did speak up, now have put their tail between their legs and ran away.  Never will understand that.  I guess those who were outspoken against the PSL’s and the Jets organization changed their mind, purchased PSL’s, and do not want to seem like  a hypocrite.  The Jets seem to know the Jedi Mind Trick and the Jets fans will do what they say because they feel they have no choice.  Yes, you do, do not buy them.  I already know some that went for the PSL’s and are regretting their choice because it was an impulse reaction and went for it.  Now, some are having second thoughts.

Before I get more into updates as to what has been going on I want to let everyone know how hard it is for me to be behind the camera.  See, I have a central loss of vision in both of my eyes.  When I was 16 I was diagnosed with a vision disorder called subretinal neovascularization with pathological myopia.  The Ansler Gird shows you what I see in comparison to what someone with perfect vision sees.   It mainly happens to people in their 60′s-70′s.  The age I got this happens to 1 out of 3 million.  Winner in the unlucky lottery.  It is a form of wet macular degeneration that creates hemorrhaging and blood clotting on the blood vessels behind the eyes.  The blood leaks out which creates scarring behind the eyes when it dries.  So I am looking through scars on both of my eyes which really distorts my central vision.  Even typing this on my laptop is not an easy task.  Imagine going though life trying to look though a scar on each eye impeding your central vision.  Not an easy thing to do.  Plus, there is nothing they can do for me.  The problem is so close to the center of the eye if they go in with laser, they risk my entire vision.

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When I get behind the camera I always have to film from the gut and intuition.  I can not make out a clear picture or see if everything is in focus.  Thank god for auto focus and assistance.  If I did not have a great support team in my wife, Anthony Quintano, and recently Billy Tooma and Matt nackson, I do not know what I would be doing.   I know I can not do it all myself & sometimes you just need that extra hand.  I was too proud to want any help before.  Was not going to let a little vision loss make me rely on someone else.  But after coming to my other senses I knew the help was coming from a good place in everyone.  You don’t need eyesight to have vision.

When I would sit in our seats at Giants Stadium, I would need binoculars every game just to see what was going on on the field.  Our seats were in Section 226, Row 8, Seats 7 and 8.  Every pass and every run I wanted through my father’s old Sears binoculars.  They work great!  My wife got me a new trendy slimmer pair last season.  Got my chance to see Brett Favre up close every game.  Well, except the last game.  The last game of the 2008 season and my last ever game at Giants Stadium I left my binoculars in the car.  I didn’t go back to get them.  I watched the game all right, just didn’t have a great view.  My last game at Giants Stadium and I could barely see it.   It is in those times in life where even the slightest handicap makes you sink in your seat.  You then get up out of your seat and know you will not miss the next moment.  Having a handicap does not make one handicap from living their life.

I never let this get in the way of anything I did.  It forced me out of wrestling in high school and that was about it.  Will be out in the next few months filming and looking into football alternatives.  Some did not know there was such a thing.  I will have more on it soon.  Jets making a lot of off season moves.  I hope for the teams sake the good players they are getting can become a great team.  I am off to Giants Stadium today to take some more pictures so I will update everyone tonight.  Not going to let a little vision loss slow me down.  It motivates me to work harder and not settle on any project.  I never quit, I persevere.

Giants/Jets Stadium: Men At Work

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What a great day today.  Nice weather, sun shining, and being able to drive around the stadium and get some great pictures.  I was able to borrow a better camera with a telephoto lens to snap some great shots.  There are piles of debris  at the base of every spiral.  They are going to gut the whole stadium before tearing it down.  My first pictures had bigger piles than the current shots.  With less coming out the piles are smaller, obviously.  Plus they have more dumpsters around to throw the crap into.  They are also realigning all the parking areas at the same time.  Through the one hole you can see directly inside the stadium & catch a glimpse of the seats.

I am sure in the next two weeks there will be a lot more to see.  Since they are not demolishing it it will be interesting to see.  I will have more pictures up in the next few days.  Still trying to get used to handling this website and its upgrades.  Every time I go back I expect to see more and more of it laying in the parking lot or in a dumpster.  Everyone has a stadium that they hold dear to them.  Yankees Stadium for some, Wrigley Field, Shea Stadium, Ebbets Field, or even the many incarnations of Madison Square Garden.  To me, Giants Stadium is the place my father taught me football and made me a Gang Green fan.  Never thought i would see the inside of the stadium from the parking lot.

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Continued fall of Giants/Jets Stadium

I know I said I would have an update this past week and a little late.  Between Passover and computer issues this was the earliest I could get on here.  Not too much has happened over one week.  One of the construction crew said the stadium will be down completely in the next month.  Finishing gutting it before they work on the outer structure.  Majority of all signs and flags are down.  Just a shell of its former self.  You can see some debris piles stacked by each gate.  Not easy to get up close and find out.  They have to do all that and still keep pace with finishing the new stadium plans on time.

Driving around it now I just keep looking at the areas I visited during tailgating.  Whole new set-up will make everyone “usual” places all new ones.  Occupying new facilities and locations will take some getting used to.  Everyone wants to find prime tailgating space in the right spot for whatever their reason.  You find your spot and it will take some getting used to.  A game or two in and everyone will have it feeling like home again.  By mid season everyone should be settled in and getting to know their new neighbors.  By the end of the season you will wonder where this one went and how fast the next one will get here.  Just to do it all over again.I hope they

There are a lot of Jets and Giants fans who will not see the stadium coming down.  Many pass by it on the way to work and do not even give it a second thought.  By the time it is down it will never look he same over there.  Xanadu also screwed things up.  A big hulking structure that is more of an eyesore than an eyesight.  When I go over to take picture, I find myself wanting to open my trunk, pull out a grill, and pop a beer.  It was the stadium I grew up in.  I sat next to my father there for many years.  Many thought of it as a second home for only 10-12 days throughout the year.  An old home torn down for a new remodeled one.

I know a lot of people who would love to be able to walk around the inside of the old stadium before they tear it down.  Such a long shot in the next month for security and safety reasons.  But then again, the Jets and Giants organizations would never do something the fans truly wanted.  The only way fans would be able to go tour the old stadium now is if they paid a hefty fee to the teams.  The teams care more about what is coming into their pockets rather than what could be taken out of it.  With PSL’s not really selling, I am sure they need to raise those funds any way they can.  If they really listened to their base of ticket holders, neither organization would be in this predicament.

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Jets host Giants in Preseason Opener at New Stadium

Looks like the Jets will get to host the stadium's first game   afterall - in the preaseason. But Gang Green still has to share the   stage with Big Blue.

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Looks like the Jets will get to host the stadium’s first game after all – in the preaseason. But Gang Green still has to share the stage with Big Blue.

The Giants and Jets have been preseason opponents for the last 41 years.  When they meet this August it will be an extra-special preseason game.  It’s the first football game being played at the new stadium in the Meadowlands the teams have built together.

Big Blue and Gang Green will kick off the NFL’s exhibition season on Monday, Aug. 16 with a nationally televised game on ESPN. It’s the Jets turn to be the home team this summer.

The series, which the Jets lead 22-18-1, has been played the next to last week of the preseason all but once since it began in 1969. The Jets have won the last three games, including a 27-25 victory last summer.

The NFL preseason schedule released yesterday matches the Giants against four AFC opponents — Baltimore, Pittsburgh, New England and the Jets. Only the date of the Jets game is set.  Games against the Steelers and Pats will be played in the still unnamed stadium built next to the old Giants Stadium.  That means the Giants make only one preseason road trip — to Baltimore the weekend of Aug. 26-29.  The Steelers game will be the weekend of Aug. 19-23, and the preseason finale with the Patriots Sept. 2-3.

The Jets will play at Carolina in the second week of the preseason, be at home against the Redskins the third week and finish at Philadelphia on Sept. 2. The dates and times for the games against the Panthers and Redskins and the time of the Eagles game will be announced at a later date.  It will be the first time the Jets have played Carolina.

It will be the 42nd consecutive year the Jets have played the Giants in the preseason.

The first sporting event in the new stadium will be a lacrosse tripleheader — The Big City Classic — on Sat., April 10, with one of the games pitting Princeton against Syracuse.  An international soccer match is scheduled their in June.

The Giants will play the first regular season game in the new Meadowlands Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 12. The Jets will open their regular season with the first Monday night game at the new stadium.

That decision caused some controversy, as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell flipped a coin to determine which would play first at home. The Giants won the toss, but Jets owner Woody Johnson was upset that a representative of the team was not present when the coin was flipped.