Top Money Saving Tips For MetLife Stadium

How to save money at MetLife Stadium...

MetLife Stadium sure can be an expensive place to watch NFL football.

With the largest construction bill to date ($1.6 billion) and situated in the middle of 3 of the 10 priciest counties in the U.S., it’s what you’d expect.

Another thing you’d expect from a densely populated area like this is the overwhelming number of choices available to consumers. Now that doesn’t sound like a problem, but… (keep reading)

Having a lot of options is a good thing, right? But the NYC area is unique in its demographics - within verrry short distances - we’re talking feet, not miles - there can be a $2 difference in price for a slice of pizza, or 30¢ for a gallon of gas.

It’s this, combined with a fast-paced lifestyle and the usual tourist traps, that makes it so easy to make the wrong, or costly choice.

So how do you save money in these parts? The same way you do in most NFL cities - you take advantage of the best deals on food, drink, & parking. What you have to remember is that in this area, where you’re coming from and how you’re getting there can make a huge difference.

Here are some cheap MetLife Stadium options for…

Parking.   In an area where parking is at a premium, prices for MetLife Stadium parking passes are surprisingly reasonable ($30 for Giants, $25 for Jets), if you can get them at face value. Otherwise it may cost you an AT&T Stadium-like $75 or more. See the full list of parking options here.

  • From New Jersey: $0-$45 ($0-$35 for offsite parking + $0-$10 for highway tolls)
  • From Westchester: $5-$50 ($5-$15 for bridge tolls + parking)
  • From Manhattan & The Bronx: $15-$50 ($15 for bridge/tunnel tolls + parking)
  • From Staten Island: $15-$54 ($15 for bridge tolls + $0 - $4 for highway tolls + parking)
  • From Brooklyn, Queens, & Long Island: $15-$66 ($15-$31 for bridge/tunnel tolls + parking)

Park & Ride.

Park & Ride + Eat & Drink.

MetLife Stadium has a “walk score” of 15 (what is Walk Score?), which basically suggests you drive. That would, of course, defeat the purpose of Park & Ride.

But there are many great sports bars in New Jersey located near Park and Ride stations if you want to grab a bite and a cold one before or after the game.

In New Jersey:

  • Sidelines Bar & Grill, 198 Rte 46 Fairfield, NJ 07004 (4 miles from Willowbrook Park and Ride in Wayne) - $27.50-$37.50 ($15-$25 for food & drink + $12.50 bus fare)
  • Ringside Lounge, 475 Tonnele Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307 (3.4 miles from Edison ParkFast in Secaucus) - $39.50-$49.50 ($15-$25 + $20 parking + $4.50 Meadowlands Rail Service)

In Manhattan (very basic fare, but at these prices, you won’t complain):

  • Rudy’s Bar, 627 9 Ave, NYC 10036.   Free hot dogs! That’s right, with every drink order, you get a freebie. Beer prices are a bargain for NYC - $3 for Budweiser, $5 for Heineken. A pitcher of Blonde Ale is just 8 bucks, but that means only one free dog.
  • Papaya Dog.   Located right inside of Penn Station, this is super convenient if you’re taking the PATH train, and of course, cheap. A hot dog is $2.50, a cheeseburger $4.50, a cheese steak $5.50. If you’re thinking that this is the indoor equivalent of a dirty water dog cart, well, this place has a 3.6 rating on Yelp.

Tailgating.   Who doesn’t love a good tailgate party?

But there are a number of reasons why you might not be tailgating at your next Jets or Giants game:

  • A MetLife Stadium parking pass is too expensive.
  • The offsite parking lot you’re using doesn’t permit it.
  • Like many people that live in NYC, you don’t own a car.
  • You have a car, but the thought of spending hours in traffic makes you shudder.
  • You don’t have a grill/tailgating is costly

No car, no grill, no worries… not when you’ve got fan tailgate parties hosted by Big Blue BBQ (Giants) and Tailgate Joe (Jets). For $35 and $50, respectively, these are absolute bargains for the food alone, never mind what it would cost you in equipment and supplies if you were hosting your own tailgate party.

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