October is arguably the best sports month of the year. The football season is climbing towards its peak, baseball is in the midst of the playoffs and hockey and basketball both start their long seasons. In football, the first month of the season has been completed and teams are either exciting their fans with an upstart season beginning or worrying their fans that their season might get away from them. This is the best time for a major rivalry to happen and the Eagles are happy to oblige, facing the New York Giants at the Meadowlands on October 6 and the best part about coming up here is combining the trip with a weekend visit to the great city that is New York.
MetLife Stadium is the site of the first Birds-Giants grudge match of the season, and it will also be home to the Super Bowl this year. The stadium, opened in 2010, will be the first cold-weather, non-domed stadium to host the Super Bowl in NFL history. Located directly next door to the site of the old Giants Stadium, nothing has changed about getting to the area and what there is to do directly around it. However, being in the New York City metro area, there is absolutely tons to do to occupy your time should you make it a long weekend for the game.
If you are looking to stay right in the city, there is more to do there than can fit in this article. If you are looking to do the touristy Manhattan thing (which may be the closest NYC borough to the Meadowlands), there are the usual suspects: the always alive Times Square, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building or Broadway and its bevy of shows that are worth waiting in the TKTS line for (even for the most rigid football fan).
For a truly New York experience for the weekend, however, expanding your horizons past Manhattan into Brooklyn or the Bronx is something you will not regret. If you are with the family and the weather is nice enough to hang outside, make sure to hit the Bronx Zoo, one of the best zoos in the nation. Not to be outdone, Brooklyn has become one of the coolest places to see and be seen, with its plethora of restaurants and shops that rival Manhattan. You can check out what to in Brooklyn here.
Being the largest city in the world, NYC is chock full of places to eat and grab some drinks while you are making your visit for the weekend. If you are looking to laugh, NYC has some of the best comedy clubs in the nation with top comedians, among them being the Comedy Cellar, located in the Village, or Caroline’s on Broadway. As far as the craftiest of craft beers, NYC has endless options, which you can check out here. Make sure to make it a fun weekend in the city, if you are making the trip up here.
On game day, the tailgating scene at the Meadowlands is a hearty one. Because of the proximity to the Philly area, you will be amongst thousands of fellow Eagles fans, so fear not to wear your Birds jersey. Parking is unique here, as if you want to park right at MetLife Stadium, you must have a pre-paid parking permit that you can get on the MetLife Stadium website. A great suggestion as well is to get there a couple hours ahead of time, as the traffic in the immediate Meadowlands area can bog down close to game time. As for the stadium itself, it’s a state of the art upgrade from its predecessor that was located next door. The most expensive stadium ever built, MetLife Stadium offers many unique, modern amenities, and among them are the four massive HD video display boards located in each corner of the stadium.
Many Eagles fans (if not most) will maintain that the biggest rivalry the Eagles have is with the Cowboys. However, in this author’s opinion, the Giants rivalry is king. You combine the proximity of the two cities with some of the classic NFL games of the past 50 years (think Miracle at the Meadowlands 1 and 2), and things get heated pretty quickly between both the teams and the fans. If you haven’t made the short two-hour trip up the Turnpike to see a game at the Meadowlands vs. the Giants, now is the time to do it. With a new regime at the helm for the Eagles, and the Giants always contending and surprising people with late season runs, the makings of another classic are on the menu.