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Probably the most important and high profile football stadium in the US during the 1980's and 1990's due to the Giants and Jets both sharing the stadium in the largest market in the country.

Gov. William Cahill points to a drawing of the stadium the Giants will inhabit in East Rutherford in 1971. Standing by are Giants President Wellington Mara and David (Sonny) Werblin, president of the New Jersey Sports Authority.



http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/giants-announce-1971-leaving-meadowlands-article-1.2765670

Constructed from November 1972 to October 1976:



Aerial view of the brand new stadium in 1976:



In the early 1970s the New York Giants, who at the time were sharing Yankee Stadium with the New York Yankees baseball team, began looking for a home of their own. The Giants struck a deal with the fledgling New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority in 1971 and ground broke on the construction of the new facility in 1972. The 1972 season was the Giants' last full season in Yankee Stadium, as the ballpark was closed for a massive reconstruction following the end of the Yankees' season. Since their new stadium would take a significant amount of time to finish, and they could not use their home facility due to the construction, the Giants moved out of state and played in New Haven, Connecticut at the Yale Bowl early in the 1973 season. After spending two years in New Haven, the Giants would return to New York for one final season in 1975 and shared Shea Stadium in Flushing, Queens with the Yankees, New York Mets, and New York Jets. The Giants finally moved into their new home on October 10, 1976.

Construction costs were $78 million ($335 million in 2017 dollars)


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giants_Stadium
 

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^^ Nice pictures, beautiful stadium. But since it has been demolished for quite some time, you should post it in the "demolished" section for stadiums here. ;)
 

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Oops - quite right! :colgate:

The New York Cosmos played at the stadium from 1977-1984.



Pele played 56 times for the club from 1975-77 scoring 31 goals.



Franz Beckenbauer also played for the Cosmos. Between 1977-80 he appeared 80 times and scored 17 goals.



The Cosmos's average attendances while playing at the stadium are quite impressive until they tailed off towards the end of the NASL's existence:

1977 - 34,150
1978 - 47,856
1979 - 46,690
1980 - 42,754
1981 - 34,857
1982 - 28,743
1983 - 27,242
1984 - 12,817

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Cosmos_(1970%E2%80%9385)#Average_attendances[55]



Soccer Bowl '78 saw the Cosmos defeat the Tampa Bay Rowdies 3-1 before a crowd of 74,901.
 

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The New Jersey Generals of the USFL played in this stadium for three seasons from 1983-85.



Herschel Walker in action against the Boston Breakers in 1983. The Generals struggled in their first season posting a 6-12 record.



The Generals' cheerleaders.



New owner Donald Trump welcoming newly appointed ex-Jets head coach Walt Michaels following the 1983 season.



Ex-Browns QB Brian Sipe signed for the Generals during this period helping the team post a much improved 14-4 record in 1984.



Doug Flutie replaced Sipe at QB in 1985 where the team posted an 11-7 record. Flutie was injured late in the season and New Jersey lost their final two regular season games which allowed the Birmingham Stallions to take the Eastern Conference title.



Following the 1985 season Donald Trump acquired the assets of the Houston Gamblers with the intention of pairing Herschel Walker with Jim Kelly in the forthcoming 1986 season.

The season was never played.
 

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Probably the most famous game played in this stadium by the New York Jets took place on Sunday September 21st 1986 against division rival Miami in front of a crowd of 71,025.



Ken O'Brien completed 29 of 43 attempts for 479 years and 4 touchdowns.



In a losing effort Dan Marino completed 30 of 50 for 448 yards and 6 touchdowns. The Marks Brothers both had excellent games with Clayton catching 8 passes for 174 yards and 1 TD and Duper with 7 receptions for 154 yards and 2 TD's.




The situation before O'Brien's dramatic tying touchdown pass to Walker near the end of regulation.




Wesley Walker celebrating his game winning 43 yard touchdown pass in overtime. He finished the game with 6 catches for 194 yards and 4 touchdowns.


Scoring summary from the 4th quarter onwards:

08.42 4th - Jets - Dennis Bligen 7 yard run (Leahy kick) 38-38
02.56 4th - Miami - Mark Clayton 4 yard pass from Marino (Fuad Reveiz kick) 38-45
00.05 4th - Jets - Wesley Walker 21 yard pass from O'Brien (Leahy kick) 45-45
12.25 OT - Jets - Wesley Walker 43 yard pass from O'Brien 51-45



Fittingly CBS's Dick Enberg declared after Walker's winning touchdown catch "‘Ladies and gentlemen you’ve just witnessed one of the greatest games in NFL history!’.
 
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