FourFourTwo's 20 best stadiums for soccer in the U.S.: Nos. 15-11
13. MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, New Jersey)
This is not your parents’ Giants Stadium. The NFL’s Jets and Giants traded in an aging Toyota for a Tesla in 2010, for the price of $1.6 billion. Resurrected in the parking lot of its predecessor, MetLife Stadium is one of the United States’ most glamorous sporting venues, and it was built with soccer in mind.
Get past some of the in-your-face advertising like each gate (and jumbotron) being named not by letter or number or direction, but by sponsor (welcome to 2017!), and inside is a nice, modern stadium. The field is wide enough for soccer and exceptional sightlines, two areas in which Giants Stadium fell severely short. Even high into the upper deck of this 82,500-seat multi-tier bowl, you’ll have a good (but maybe distant) view.
MetLife Stadium hosted the Copa America Centenario final last summer, in addition to an International Champions Cup match. The U.S. men’s national team has played Brazil and Argentina there in front of near-capacity crowds, and it has the feel of a big-event stadium. One lesser-known quirk: It has one of the more unique team-media-fan interaction experiences with a press-conference room that isn’t hidden underneath the stadium, but is actually surrounded by glass so that fans can watch and listen.
It’s a safe bet that this stadium would be in consideration for the final should the U.S. land the 2026 World Cup. Despite it being a few miles west, across the Hudson River, it’s globally considered “New York’s” big stadium.