Stadium Food Power Rankings: New England Patriots vs. New York Jets
This week, Stadium Food Power Rankings covers the clash between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets, to find out which team's stadium has the best food
MetLife Stadium, home to both New York teams, the New York Jets (featured this week) and the New York Giants, is a part of the Meadowlands Sports Complex, situated in East Rutherford, N.J. The stadium seats just more than 80,000 fans, making it the largest stadium in the NFL in terms of permanent seating capacity, and its front row seating is the shortest distance from the sideline when compared to all other NFL stadiums.
MetLife Stadium's Pretzel Braids. Photo courtesy of Sportservice.
Food at the stadium ranges from standard fare to more inventive items. Executive chef Eric Borgia, a native of the area, uses his own grandmother’s recipe for the stadium’s Nonna Fusco’s Meatballs, a popular item. "It’s been meatball fever over here," said Borgia in a press release. "We go through almost 1,000 just feeding the stadium staff and for catering." Other unique items include the Italian roast pork sandwich, the pepper and egg sandwich, pork rolls, the Food Network Sloppy Joe sandwich, the NY Pub Brisket sandwich, and the Buffalo chicken mac and cheese. Most popular items stick to the classics, such as chicken tenders and fries, Thumman's hot dogs, and J&J pretzel braids. MetLife partners with the Food Network, Papa John's, Nathan’s Crinkle Cut French Fries, Thumman's Hot Dogs and Deli Meats, and Lobel's Prime Meats in their food and drink offerings at the stadium.
MetLife Stadium's Pepper and Egg Sandwich. Photo courtesy of Sportservice.
The stadium hosts "Good to Go Organic" trailers and portable food locations offering a range of healthier choices for fans. All-natural barbecue chicken melts, organic beef hot dogs, vegie hot dogs, and Naked juices are among the healthy and vegetarian options.
MetLife Stadium's Italian Roast Pork Sandwich. Photo courtesy of Sportservice.
The stadium has also undergone recent environmental renovations, kicking up their focus on green initiatives, energy and water conservation, and natural resource protection, in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). One of the recent improvements in the stadium was the creation of a porous pavement, made of crushed granite stone material to allow rain water to recharge groundwater, thereby reducing stormwater flow into the sensitive surrounding environmental area.
Well, sorry New England, but New York is taking it home with its stadium fare this Thanksgiving Day. Although the Patriots have revved up their selection, the Jets still outweigh their eatery options in terms of creativity, originality, and mouthwatering selections. So… will the scores reflect our prediction? We will have to wait and see. Tune in Thanksgiving Day at 8:20 p.m. to find out.
For an update on our Stadium Food Rankings thus far, check out our Week 11 Recap.
Tune in next week for our matchups between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens, and the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams.
Tyler Sullivan is the Assistant Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @atylersullivan
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