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.