MetLife Stadium will be rocking all weekend with New York Jets and Giants football, and the poor end zones won’t be able to keep up.
FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY—MetLife Stadium won’t be taking sides this weekend.
With both of their football tenents set to play in East Rutherford this weekend, the stadium’s end zones will go blank. A lack of time between games has necessitated the neutrality, as the stadium will host games on both Saturday and Sunday.
The New York Jets will first take on the Houston Texans in a late afternoon showdown (4:30 p.m. ET, CBS). Less than 24 hours later, the New York Giants battle the Tennessee Titans (1:00 p.m. ET, CBS).
In lieu of traditional team colors and insignias, the end zones will feature only nine diagonal lines. The tactic has been applied once before, in December 2016.
The Jets dropped a 34-13 game to the Miami Dolphins in a Saturday night game before the Giants earned a 17-6 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon.
According to Michael Eisen of Giants.com, the stadium is bringing in extra help to assist with the quick turnaround, including three times the amount of parking lot and stadium attendants, and four times the number of normal cleaners.
Even with blank end zones, numerous stadium signage and features must be adjusted from green to blue. The goal is to have the stadium ready for when warmups for Giants-Titans begin at 9:00 a.m. ET.
MetLife Stadium remains the lone NFL stadium to house two teams full-time. It has conducted 11 overnight changes, including end zones, since its 2013 opening. A quick turnaround to an early afternoon game prevented full customization, however, and a rainy Saturday forecast also potentially complicates matters.