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Transit Chaos at WrestleMania Underscore Need to ‘ Complete the Loop’ To Secaucus Junction

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East Rutherford NJ, The transit crisis that stranded fans attending WrestleMania 35 at MetLife Stadium this weekend threatens the success of future events, including the World Cup, the American Dream complex and other potentially-lucrative events, such as future Super Bowls and WrestleManias, Senator Paul Sarlo said today.

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NFL Prevails in New Jersey Super Bowl Tickets Court Case


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Trenton NJ, The New Jersey State Supreme Court today ruled the National Football League did not violate New Jersey’s ticket brokering law when it did not make at least 95 percent of tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII, played at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands, available for sale to the general public.

NJBIA filed an amicus brief, supporting the NFL’s position that it did not violate the law that was intended to limit ticket brokers’ ability to hoard tickets. Attorney Jeffrey Jacobson of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, argued NJBIA’s case.

“The Supreme Court’s unanimous opinion adopted our interpretation of the statute that the NFL gets to decide how to distribute tickets to its own events, and, therefore, was not a ‘person with access’ to tickets prior to their release for public sale,” Jacobson said.

NJBIA was concerned that if New Jersey law requires every event promoter to make 95 percent of tickets to their events available to sell to the general public, as the plaintiff argued, it would be difficult to attract top-tier events to the state.  The Army-Navy game, for example, could not reserve more than 5 percent of tickets for the Army and the Navy; and awards shows could not reserve seats for award nominees.

“We’re pleased with this ruling as the case could have had a detrimental impact on New Jersey’s economy and businesses that would benefit from our state attracting marquee events,” said NJBIA President and CEO Michele Siekerka.

The case centered on Josh Finkelman, who bought tickets to the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium through the secondary market, allegedly purchasing two tickets with an $800 face value for $2,000 apiece.

He then sued the NFL arguing that because it only sold 1 percent of tickets to the general public through a lottery – which the plaintiff had not entered – it violated New Jersey’s unique law that prevents someone with access to tickets prior to their release for public sale cannot hold back more than 5 percent of them.

The court ruled, however, that the tickets withheld by the NFL were never intended for public sale, and, therefore, did not violate the 5 percent rule.
Shortly before the oral arguments were heard, the Legislature repealed the 5 percent holdback limit. Nevertheless, the court decision is an important one because it shields businesses from retroactive liability. Had the court found in favor of the plaintiff, potentially every playoff game or other event held in New Jersey during past six years could have been subject to litigation, Jacobson said.

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The World Cup final will be held at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey in 2026

June 14,2018

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East Rutherford NJ, For the first time in 32 years, the men’s World Cup is coming back to North America. FIFA’s 200-plus member associations gathered in Moscow on Wednesday and voted to award 2026 World Cup hosting rights to the United States, Canada and Mexico.

In a coup for the Trump administration , 60 of 80 games will be in the United States, with 10 apiece in Canada and Mexico. Those 60 include every game from the quarterfinals onward. Canada and Mexico have proposed three host cities each: Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton will stage games north of the U.S. border, while Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey will be match sites down south.
The U.S. has proposed the Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.) for the opener; Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta) and AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Tex.) for semifinals; and New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.) for the final , which will have a capacity of more than 87,000 for the event. Unlike this year, the United States will automatically qualify for the World Cup as a host country.
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Hoboken Terminal service disruption limits MetLife Stadium train capacity for tonight’s Beyonce concert


October 7,2016

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Ridgewood NJ,  Due to the ongoing service disruption at Hoboken Terminal, NJ TRANSIT is advising customers that there will be reduced capacity on MetLife Stadium trains for tonight’s Beyonce concert.

The accident in Hoboken on September 29th has impacted track and yard space and results in less equipment than the usual complement for stadium events.

Customers may experience overcrowding and possible delays caused by congestion and should plan to build in extra time to travel to MetLife Stadium, and plan for extreme wait times following the concert.

As an alternate, customers can also use the Coach USA 351 bus route from the Port Authority Bus Terminal to the stadium.  The Coach USA 351 Express bus to the event will begin loading at 4:00 pm from 41st Street between 8th & 9th Avenue and will run continuously until 8:00 pm.  The last bus will depart from the Met Life Stadium 60 minutes after the event ends.  Limited seating is available.

Please Note: There is NO direct service from Hoboken to the Meadowlands.  Connections must be made in Secaucus.

Customers traveling on NJ TRANSIT trains to the Meadowlands Sports Complex should purchase their round trip tickets from their originating station TO THE MEADOWLANDS SPORTS COMPLEX to avoid delays boarding trains.  Tickets purchased on the train will include a $5 surcharge for each ticket.

NJ TRANSIT offers Meadowlands online ticketing option where customers can purchase round-trip adult tickets from their originating station to the Meadowlands Sport Complex.  Up to eight tickets may be purchased in one transaction.

NJ TRANSIT MyTix℠ customers can also use the mobile app to conveniently purchase tickets to the Meadowlands Sports Complex. Mobile tickets include a barcode to scan for access through the fare gates. Select Meadowlands as the destination for events at MetLife Stadium. The NJ TRANSIT MyTix℠ app is available free from the App Store℠ and Google Play™.

For information, call NJ TRANSIT Customer Service at (973) 275-5555 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.

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It was not enough of a disaster the first time : A Super Bowl return to MetLife stadium?



John Mara, a co-owner of the Giants, and Woody Johnson, the owner of the Jets, said this week that they are interested in bringing another Super Bowl to the metropolitan area, touting what they described as the success of the event that MetLife Stadium hosted in February 2014.

“I’ve spoken to Woody Johnson about it, and yeah, we think it would make sense to try to bring it back,” Mara told reporters at the NFL meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., on Sunday. “We think it was very successful, it was great for the region, so why not have it back?”

But many North Jersey officials are far less enthusiastic about the idea, saying that the previous game did little to stimulate the economy in the Meadowlands.

Asked if he would like to see another Super Bowl in his borough, Mayor James Cassella of East Rutherford replied: “If things were going to be run the same way as last time, then no. If they made some changes, I’d have to see.”

Michael Gonnelli, the mayor of Secaucus, was equally blasé on Wednesday.

“I have to tell you, it was a non-event for us in more ways than one,” Gonnelli said. “We didn’t see a lot of increased business for hotels and restaurants, and we didn’t see an impact on traffic. The problem was that it was billed as a New York Super Bowl, not New Jersey. We didn’t see benefits.”

The two mayors, along with state Sen. Paul Sarlo, D-Wood-Ridge, and Jim Kirkos, the chief executive of the Meadowlands Regional Chamber, all pointed to the necessity of avoiding a repeat of the massive delays that hindered fans who took trains to and from Secaucus Junction and MetLife Stadium on game day. The league’s estimate that 10,000 fans would take NJ Transit trains to the 82,500-seat stadium fell more than 20,000 short of the actual number who used the service, creating departure delays of up to two hours after the game ended.

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Ridgewood High School was not portrayed in the best light in the stands or in the parking lot at MetLife Stadium


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Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:

We were excited that our football team made it to the final round of competition at Met Life Stadium on December 5.  It was great to see so many people from our community support our team, band, and cheerleaders for this final event.  The high school even ran student fan buses for close to 90 students.  Although the final score did not go our way, we are extremely proud of our coaches and players.

Unfortunately, despite previous warnings and pleas for assistance, Ridgewood High School was not portrayed in the best light in the stands or in the parking lot.  Administrators and faculty members spent much of the game dealing with students that were under the influence and/or involved in disruptive behavior.  In addition, the parking lot in the Ridgewood section was left in a very poor state with trash and broken bottles.

As we move forward, we hope this event will be a learning experience for all.  The incidents referenced above are not unique to this one weekend and come on the heels of the most recent issues at RHS regarding students and postings on social media sites, i.e., Yik Yak, Finstagram, Instagram, etc.  Many of these negative behaviors we have been experiencing are illegal, disruptive, and/or dangerous.  These incidents give us a chance to pause, reflect, and engage in meaningful discussions about character and decision-making.  We do not want to have these conversations after a tragic or permanently harmful event occurs.

Students, parents, and educators are continually being challenged to set limits in children’s lives that effectively support growth and healthy behavior.  Although initially frustrated, children thrive and are grateful in the long run when parents and educators set parameters and limits.  These concerns are not unique to Ridgewood but must be shared as a community.

At RHS, we will continue to have educational discussions with our students about the effects of drugs and alcohol; assist in the emotional, psychological, and physical development of our teenagers; and teach about character and decision-making through class lessons, athletics, and the arts.

In the weeks and months to come, we will be engaging in conversations with students and parents throughout the community.  We encourage you to do the same.  If you have any suggestions or feedback you wish to share, please reach out to any teacher, coach, or administrator as we work on determining the best course of action to help our youth reach their fullest potential.


Thomas A. Gorman, Ed.D.

A Tradition of Excellence

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Ridgewood High School Football’s improbable run will culminate at MetLife Stadium


RIDGEWOOD – On Saturday, just before 4 p.m., the Ridgewood High School football team will run out of the tunnel at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford to play the North 1, Group 5 championship game against Passaic County Tech.

Let that sink in for a minute. For the seventh time in program history, the Maroons (9-2) will play for a state-sectional title. Those are words that many would not have associated with this team a few months ago.

Yet, this merry band of overachievers has put together one of the most improbable and impressive seasons in head coach Chuck Johnson’s 32 seasons at RHS, and they capped it off on Friday, Nov. 20 with a little history.

With its come-from-behind, 24-17 victory in overtime against No. 5 seed Montclair, top-seeded Ridgewood exorcised its biggest playoff demon.

The Mounties had won each of the teams’ previous four playoff meetings, including a 33-0 shellacking in the North 1, Group 5 final two years ago, which ruined the Maroons’ unbeaten season.

“Wow. I’m so happy for this group,” Johnson said. “They’ve been so great to coach, and they’ve worked as hard as any team we’ve had. The commitment they put in the weight room this summer paid off for them.”

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NJ DOT: No secret stockpile of road salt at MetLife stadium


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NJ DOT: No secret stockpile of road salt at MetLife stadium

A spokesman for the state Department of Transportation today dispelled rumors that the state is hoarding a secret stockpile of ice-melting salt at MetLife stadium, causing shortages for townships throughout New Jersey.

DOT Spokesman Joe Dee said today the rumor is utterly false and the state is facing a salt shortage just like everyone else.

“We are in the same boat as everybody else.  Our salt levels are uncomfortably low for the DOT like a lot of counties and municipalities not only here in New Jersey but from the Midwest to New England.”

Dee said he’s not sure how the rumor started but it may have been a misinterpretation of a press release issued prior to the Super Bowl saying the state had the capacity to store up to 60,000 tons of salt within 30 miles of MetLife stadium. The press release concerned the state’s readiness for a Super Bowl Sunday storm, should one have occurred.

“There is no separate stockpile,” he said. (Isherwood/

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Hoarding our road salt at MetLife Stadium, public safety on icy roads a public health hazard: Salt on our wounds, Jersey style


Hoarding our road salt at MetLife Stadium, public safety on icy roads a public health hazard: Salt on our wounds, Jersey style

Read official Met Life brag sheet, below: “NJTA and NJDOT have the capacity to stockpile nearly 60,000 tons of salt within 30 miles of the stadium. Statewide, the storage capacity for both agencies jumps to 222,000 tons.” – official pr from state of NJ and Met Life Stadium

Thousands of pounds of precious and much needed road salt is sitting in East Rutherford at MetLife stadium, instead of being distributed to the hundreds of towns who have desperately begged for this life saving salt over the past few days here in New Jersey.

And, like a path of salt crumbs visible to all, this line leads from East Rutherford to Trenton.

The state Sports Authority, a department under the New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s command, controlled the MetLife organization and plans for road safety, including the wise decision to protect Super Bowl day from potential snow or ice threats to travelers.

But the Super Bowl, as we all know, was a warm day, well above freezing.,13580

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Police, hazmat converge on hotels near MetLife Stadium on ‘unknown substance’ calls

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Police, hazmat converge on hotels near MetLife Stadium on ‘unknown substance’ calls

Friday, January 31, 2014 Last updated: Friday January 31, 2014, 1:00 PM
The Record

Bergen County has dispatched hazmat and bomb squad teams to three hotels near MetLife Stadium after a suspicious white substance was delivered to the hotels.

The substances were delivered this morning and reported to county officials at 11:42 a.m., said Jeanne Barratta, chief of staff to Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan.

She said the substance was delivered to two hotels in Carlstadt and one in East Rutherford. She said she did not know if anyone at the hotel was exposed to the substance. The FBI and New Jersey State Police are also working the case, she said.

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