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MetLife Stadium bargain spots


MetLife Stadium, by virtue of its location, is a paradox.

To wit:

  • It is not in the state that its tenants - the New York Giants & New York Jets - supposedly represent

  • Said state, while only 7 miles away, can take an hour or more to get to or from

  • It sits in a relatively isolated area of swampland, despite being in the most populous county in the state of New Jersey

  • Its teams draw fans from four states

NTT, or Non-Traditional Tailgating, if you’re not familiar, is simply fans gathering before or after the game to eat, drink, & play at a nearby sports bar or restaurant instead of the stadium parking lot.
Why should you even give a crap?? Because while the stadium’s location provides an abundance of pre- and post-game options, those options become less clear if you’re one of the NTT crowd.

You see, unlike Gillette Stadium, where the best sports bars are located 30 miles away in Boston, or the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, which is just a short walk from popular eateries and attractions, the choices for MetLife Stadium are less clear cut - and that means more opportunities to overspend.

So…


If you’re going to MetLife Stadium and want to save money on…


Parking.   If you’re planning on driving to the New York Giants stadium, here’s how much you could spend, including parking and tolls:

  • From New Jersey:  $56 ($35 for parking + $10 for highway tolls)
  • From Westchester:  $61 ($15 for bridge tolls + parking)
  • From Manhattan & The Bronx:  $61 ($15 for bridge/tunnel tolls + parking)
  • From Staten Island:  $65 ($15 for bridge tolls + $4 for highway tolls + parking)
  • From Brooklyn, Queens, & Long Island:  $77 ($31 for bridge/tunnel tolls + parking)

It stands to reason that, while the cost of a Jets or Giants parking pass in 2017 was among the lowest on the secondary market, if there’s an opportunity to spend even less, you take it. Go here for a full list of MetLife Stadium parking options that will save you money.

If you’re thinking about Park & Ride, here’s what it will cost you…


Tickets.   Here is a sample of secondary market cheap seat prices for some 2017 Giants home games:

Date Stub
Hub
Razor
Gator
Vivid
Seats
Ticket
Liquidator
Coast To
Coast
Ticket
City
Gold
Coast
Ticket
Monster
Tick
Pick
Ticket
IQ
Seat
Geek
10/8 $155 $154 $148 $166 $170 $156 $177 $163 $147 $155 $152
10/22 $141 $149 $141 $150 $167 $143 $172 $159 $132 $149 $143
11/5 $86 $93 $85 $101 $111 $97 $116 $93 $85 $83 $84
11/19 $95 $104 $90 $106 $117 $100 $119 $100 $116 $106 $95
12/10 $108 $111 $108 $111 $123 $116 $134 $119 $105 $105 $109
12/17 $102 $106 $100 $109 $119 $105 $128 $108 $98 $113 $95
12/30 $39 $43 $40 $60 $49 $42 $67 $44 $38 $40 $39

As you can see, there was no single ticket broker that offered the best prices a large majority of the time. This however, wasn’t the case when it came to New York Jets tickets, as there was one site that had the cheapest listing for every Jets home game.


Date Stub
Hub
Razor
Gator
Vivid
Seats
Ticket
Liquidator
Coast To
Coast
Ticket
City
Gold
Coast
Ticket
Monster
Tick
Pick
Ticket
IQ
Seat
Geek
9/24 $52 $58 $48 $53 $58 $51 $77 $51 $46 $48 $48
10/1 $34 $35 $33 $36 $39 $34 $61 $33 $30 $31 $32
10/15 $87 $88 $78 $86 $95 $82 $109 $84 $74 $79 $80
10/29 $54 $53 $44 $51 $56 $50 $79 $48 $43 $46 $46
11/2 $36 $41 $34 $36 $39 $35 $62 $34 $31 $33 $33
11/26 $50 $51 $45 $53 $57 $49 $75 $49 $43 $46 $47
12/3 $42 $46 $39 $44 $49 $41 $69 $41 $36 $38 $40
12/24 $38 $40 $34 $40 $44 $37 $64 $38 $33 $35 $36

  Prices as of 7/2/17 are for cheapest available seats (min.2) & include all fees


Food & beer.

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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Hotels.   The average nightly hotel rate for New York City last year was $389. The sane choice then, would be to get a room in New Jersey for a whole lot less. While you’d be farther away from the Manhattan, you’ll be closer to the stadium.

Here are 4 two-star hotels near MetLife Stadium that are within 7 miles, and no more than 8 miles from Times Square at an average cost of $135 per night:

  • Super 8, 2800 Columbia Ave, North Bergen - average rating: 70*, average cost: $144**
  • Candlewood Suites, 279 Secaucus Rd., Secaucus - average rating: 84, average cost: $159
  • Ramada Inn, 65 Tonnelle Ave, Jersey City - average rating: 74, average cost: $138
  • Haiban Inn Hotel, 789 Newark Ave, Jersey City - average rating: 70, average cost: $100
* Rates are for a 1 night stay (12/30 - 12/31/17) as of Dec. 19, 2017.
**Ratings are based upon cumulative scores from at least 3 of 4 sites (Expedia, hotels.com, booking.com, & Kayak) - a 3 (out of 5) rating on Expedia = 60, 7 (out of 10) rating on booking.com = 70.



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