The Secrets to Giants/Jets Stadium Changeover


welcome to off-duty I'm windy bounce

football season is here I've got my

pigskin got my astroturf but I got to

keep my eye on the ball because this

week's show

it's a real game-changer two home teams

one stadium how does that work well the

New York Giants and Jets they have

worked it out over at MetLife Stadium

where they pretty much change everything

between games except the goalposts

here's how it's done


we're here at MetLife Stadium in East

Rutherford New Jersey it is the only

stadium to house two NFL teams the New

York Giants and the New York Jets it is

a one-of-a-kind facility but under those

eight change over 15 to 20 times a year

from the end zones to the flag pole

banners even to the merchandise just so

both teams can call it home and we have

an all-access pass to show you how it's


first let me throw some numbers at you

2.1 million that is the square footage

of MetLife Stadium 1,100 now that's the

number of manual elements that need to

be changed each time mm that's how many

pounds each of the 80 Trey's ways that

make up the end zone and 18 to 26 the

number of people it physically takes to

go from blue to green and back again

sometimes as little as 12 hours today

we're going from Giants to Jets all

right now and you're the man who figured

out how to make all of this happen right

now we're changing the end zones how

long is this whole process take

typically on a standard changeover it

takes two eight-hour days to change out

the end zones and all the Associated

signage one of these made of it they're

putting down well they're actually trays

that were fabricated by field turf it's

a it's the actual field turf but it's

kind of like cut into puzzle pieces and

they're placed individually each end

zone is 40 trays each one weighs close

to 2,000 pounds times 40 so it's a

certain amount of manpower to help now

what's the trickiest part I've seen them

sort of taking another piece of

equipment and kind of pushing in the

each of the trays it's just to get them

to fits correctly is that the hardest

part yeah exactly I mean once you get to

the end you could be off a few inches so

that tray puller is kind of adjusting

them as they go and then when they get

to the end you'll know if they're off

now when I'm kicking here stuff has been

this key what is this it's coming up

here that's rubber and sand that's a

mixture of rubber and sand in its the

infill we call it it's kind of ground-up

tires he's grounded it is ground of

tires and it kind of you know mimics

what dirt is like on a natural grass be


natural this is your map of madness

right how it all happened this is our

puzzle that we put together each week so

you can see each one of our end zones is

labeled and each one of the trays is

numbered no logo anymore that way no

logo anymore used to be Giants and Jets

Pacific it was a little too risky to be

changing that 50-yard line from week to

week so we decided to install an NFL

shield which is inlaid and we don't have

trays at the 50


so my call these New York Giants banners

they have to all come down that's


how many are there all over the stadium

we've got about 200 overall that won't

change good news is though we don't need

really tall ladders we have this that's


this is our genie and we're going up in

it I can see Russia from my house what

do you think guys

good right so Mike you guys couldn't

make it easy on yourselves and just use

neutral lighting you have to have blue

lighting and Korea green lighting that's

correct we alternate back and forth for

every jet song game in giant all right

let's swap them so it looks like you've

got filters that you change so Blues on

here now you got green right in our case

here I thought what we inputting into

the trays here all right that just

shines up on the building that's correct

all right illuminate see what we call

the louvers that are selling shine all

the way through the top


I'm always finishing before you I gotta

get more practice I tell you work on

it'll work on it you're just a pro's Pro


so Jay we're here in the biggest

merchandise store and all of this has to

switch today from Giants to Jets as well

how large is this place it's 96 hundred

square feet now is it all a matter of

people hand taking it in and out or if

you got some secrets well there's a few

tricks to the operation like for

instance these walls all spin

I'm not picking favorites though Oh Jay

got this in giant

let's check in that drawer right here so

I can switch on game day to a little bit

all this lighting I mean this is like

definitely a giant survive you guys

can't go in and change out all the bulbs

well no we have we just push the button

and it goes to green for Jess just goes

to green absolutely fade to green so now

it looks like you have this all mapped

out by zone for the changeover correct

we have maps for both the Giants wall

wrapping the Jets wall wrap currently

we're gonna be putting up the Jets wall

wrap in the northwest corner and then

you're gonna help me do it I'm happy to

do so but I have one question before we

do the entire stadium is sort of neutral

in tone the seats are great is that

intentional so that you can pop any team

in here that is intentional and you

could put a college team in here if you

had to absolutely all right so you want

me to help absolutely

well I have to get my jacket off here I

don't think Sanchez and Tebow like this

color anyway let's go so you guys are

just a passing these banners with cable

ties Brett I can just store each of the

Giants jets and that's it you just bring

them out each week that's what we do 25

pieces for each team and we set them up

from week to week some leftover popcorn

from the Bruce Springsteen concert you

want some


Islands huddle for a minute Alan so

there are these all these little things

that go into the changeover that I would

have thought up for instance the fabric

softener why do you use that

well when the static electricity gets

high on the field the rubber gets in

your shoes the rubber sticks to your


we put fabric softener down in the field

so what about trash on the field you

just like take a big leaf blower and

blow it all off usually pan and broom

some employees with pan and brooms

walking around picking up the bread so

this is a big change for how it used to

be for the Jets when they played over in

Giants Stadium I mean they're they just

sort of painted the in zones they

painted the end zones and put a few

banners up but this is truly 50 50 jets

home Giants home most like a big

difference for that just psychologically

when they play oh absolutely and I think

it it rolls over from their management

down to their players that this is their

home as well Super Bowl is coming here

in 2014 and there will be a big change

over then but that gives me plenty of

time to practice you ready I don't know

if I am so close



now things don't work out here I guess I

could always get a job changing those

banners is it a pretty good job you

think you're a football superfan let's

see how you stack up against the fans

that we found










well that's it for this week's off-duty

good luck to your favorite team this

weekend I hope they break a leg wait do

they say that in football have a good