MetLife Stadium Amazing Construction Facts and Techniques

Construction facts of Metlife Stadium, home to the NFL's 2014 SuperBowl.

MetLife Stadium
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Where is Metlife Stadium Located?

Metlife Stadium located in the Meadowlands area was the home to the 2014 NFL's SuperBowl event. The Stadium with a seating capacity of 82,500 spectators and 27,5000 parking spaces, is the second largest NFL stadium in the US with more than 2.1 million square feet. The project, which was conceived under a design-build contract, is only divided by four expansion joints that separate the end zones and sideline structures.

The 910 foot-by-740-foot stadium was planned using advanced technology resources such as BIM (Building Information Modeling) and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) that were key to delivering a successful project.

MetLife Stadium Construction Facts: How it Was Built?

Some amazing notes from the construction progress and development on MetLife Stadium, home to the Super Bowl 2014.

  • The stadium was completed five months ahead of schedule and within budget, impressive!
  • The project diverted 7,000 tons of debris from landfills and managed to use recycled materials in steel piles and aluminum louvers.
  • The aluminum louvers extend for more than 50,000 meters (50 kilometers) or 163,681 feet (31.1 miles).
  • Strategic and advanced BIM controls allowed builders to expedite the steel detailing process, slashing the construction time.
  • Since two teams play in this stadium, at night the lights will change color depending on whose team is playing that night, New York or New Jersey.
  • The project was completed in 4.5 million man hours without any serious accident.
  • The NFL stadium incorporated a Project Labor Agreement allowing a safer and faster union labor agreement process.
  • One-third of workforce and subcontractors were Women and Minority Business Enterprises (WMBE)
  • Precast concrete elements were traceable through RFID from the manufacturing plant.
  • 17,000 pieces of steel form part of the huge structure.
  • The stadium construction was developed under a design-build scheme allowing for faster and more efficient construction process.
  • The new Stadium used 40,000 tons of recycled steel and 30,000 tons of recyclable concrete from the Old Stadium
  • Part of the recycled concrete was used to backfill the excavation left from the old stadium, while the other 50% was used a sub-base material in roadway projects.
  • 83% of the construction waste was recycled, exceeding the project goals of 70%.
  • The site is located on a rehabilitated land, former brownfield and that's why the playing field sits atop of concrete piles and engineered foundations.
  • Water savings procedures were implemented since day one of construction, including using low-flow fixtures
  • The Stadium has an aggressive energy efficiency program and has solar panels around the stadium to generate part of their own energy.
  • Reducing air pollution from construction vehicles by using cleaner diesel fuel, diesel engine filters, and shortening how long engines idle.
  • Using environmentally-friendly concrete in construction.
  • The stadium incorporated energy efficient ​l​ow-E coating/glazing windows.
  • With a construction price tag of $1.6 billion, MetLife Stadium is the league's most expensive as of December 2013.
  • Decomposed granite, equal to four football fields, was used in medians to reduce watering needs, saving approximately 2 million gallons of water per year.
  • MetLife Stadium was the first open-air stadium in a cold-weather U.S. city to host the Super Bowl.
  • The stadium is distinguished by an outer skin of aluminum louvers and by interior lighting that switches colors depending on which team is playing at home.
  • The Stadium installed new turf for the Super Bowl XLVIII.
  • The stadium was designed by Bruce Mau, the Rockwell Group and architect-of-record, Ewing Cole. HOK was the design architect. 
  • The stadium was found to have reduced its carbon footprint, only during the first two years, by the equivalent of the annual greenhouse gas emissions of more than 48,000 vehicles.