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MetLife Stadium will have neutral end zones for the New York Jets and New York Giants games this weekend.
If you go to the New York Giants or the New York Jets game this weekend or watch on TV, you’ll notice something different. MetLife Stadium will have neutral end zones for the first time.
The reason for the neutral end zones is a quick changeover from a Jets game to a Giants game. The Jets play on Saturday night and the Giants play in the afternoon on Sunday. After the Jets game, the stadium will go through its usual changeover except for the end zones, which includes team signage inside and outside the stadium and exterior lighting. The neutral end zones will have nine vertical slash marks and have no team names or logos, according to the Associated Press.
“We are always prepared to host two consecutive football games, whether college or NFL,”Ron VanDeVeen, president and CEO of MetLife Stadium said. “However, due to the timing of Saturday’s 8:25 p.m. New York Jets game followed by Sunday’s 1 p.m. New York Giants game, coupled with the current weather forecast, the decision was made to use neutral end zones for this weekend’s contests. This decision will allow for appropriate maintenance of the playing surface throughout the weekend.”
Since 2013, the stadium has had to be converted from Jets to Giants or vice versa from one day to the next eight times. This is the shortest time frame in which the stadium has had to be converted from one team to another. This weekend is only the second time this season that both the Jets and Giants play at home.
The Giants and Jets are the only NFL teams that share a stadium.