MetLife Stadium Amazing Construction Facts and Techniques

MetLife Stadium
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Metlife Stadium is located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, in the Meadowlands area. It is the only stadium in the US that is home to two NFL teams and hosts up to 20 NFL games each season, more than any other NFL stadium. It was also the home to the 2014 NFL's SuperBowl event.

MetLife Stadium Stats

MetLife stadium has a seating capacity of 82,500 and includes 27,5000 parking spaces. It the second largest NFL stadium in the US, covering more than 2.1 million square feet.

The construction of the stadium, which was conceived under a design-build contract, is divided by only four expansion joints that separate the end zones and sideline structures. The 910-by-740-foot stadium was planned using advanced technology resources, such as BIM (Building Information Modeling) and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) that were key to delivering a successful project.

MetLife Stadium Construction Facts

The MetLife stadium set new standards for construction planning and execution, but perhaps the most amazing aspect of the project was it was completed five months ahead of schedule and within budget. Here are some other notable facts about this impressive large-scale project:

  • The project diverted 7,000 tons of debris from landfills and managed to use recycled materials in steel piles and aluminum louvers.
  • The aluminum louvers that form the outer skin of the structure extend for more than 50,000 meters (50 kilometers) or 163,681 feet (31.1 miles).
  • Strategic and advanced BIM controls allowed builders to expedite the steel detailing process, dramatically reducing construction times.
  • Since two teams play in this stadium, at night the lights will change color depending on which team is playing, the New York Giants or the New York Jets.
  • The project was completed in 4.5 million man-hours without any serious accident.
  • The stadium incorporated a Project Labor Agreement, allowing for a safer and faster union labor agreement process.
  • One-third of workforce and subcontractors were Women and Minority Business Enterprises (WMBE).
  • Precast concrete elements were traceable through RFID from the manufacturing plant.
  • The stadium's main structure is comprised of over 17,000 pieces of steel.
  • The stadium construction was developed under a design-build scheme allowing for faster and more efficient construction processes.
  • 40,000 tons of recycled steel and 30,000 tons of recyclable concrete were extracted from the Old Stadium and used in the MetLife Stadium.
  • Part of the recycled concrete was used to backfill the excavation left from the old stadium, while the other 50 percent was used a sub-base material in roadway projects.
  • 83 percent of the construction waste was recycled, exceeding the project goal of 70 percent.
  • The site is located on a rehabilitated land, a former brownfield site. For this reason, the playing field sits atop of concrete piles and engineered foundations.
  • Water-saving practices were implemented throughout the construction, including the use of low-flow fixtures.
  • As part of the stadium's aggressive energy-efficiency program, solar panels were installed to generate some of the electricity used in the stadium. 
  • Builders reduced air pollution from construction vehicles by using cleaner diesel fuel and diesel engine filters and by limiting the time engines remained idling.
  • The stadium incorporates energy-efficient low-E windows.
  • With a construction price tag of $1.6 billion, MetLife Stadium was the league's most expensive as of December 2013.
  • Decomposed granite, equal to four football fields, was used in medians to reduce watering needs, saving approximately 2 million gallons of water per year.
  • MetLife Stadium was the first open-air stadium in a cold-weather US city to host the Super Bowl.
  • The stadium was designed by 360 Architects, Ewing Cole, David Rockwell, and Bruce Mau Designs.