What a week it has been over at Giants Stadium. Seems every 4-5 days a major section comes down. When I was there last week, the 2nd in the four spirals was to come down. I was told it was going to be done either today or tomorrow. I ask today about it and I was told it would be done once the stadium was down completely. I think the Skanska guys know more than they let on. I was then told by an associate at the NY Post that they signed forms not to talk about it to the press. Well, since I am not the press I have been able to get small amounts of information.
As it turns out there are many crews working in so many areas. A few guys got to NJ yesterday from Chicago to work on the old stadium. The spirals from what I was told could come down anytime and plans change. One of the workers informed me they mainly bring down the huge sections after 5 PM. The wrecking ball drops through the sections where the seats were to get rid of the concrete. They then knock it down inward into the old stadium. They then clear it all just to do it again. I am hoping to get shots of them tearing down sections or spirals.
Last Friday, the construction foreman told me he wished he could get me into the new stadium high enough to get some overhead shots. He then told me to wait and see if he could get me closer but did not return. I do the best I can given the parameters around the old stadium. One of the crew that is working on the parking lots informed me that the seats from the stadium are being destroyed. Seems only very few were saved for sale. The rest were left in the stadium and either destroyed or dumped into garbage bins. He let me know that they cut out sections shaped like a “V” in the back of each seat so no one could take a seat or sell it. Not air if you ask me.
I was there for about two hours today. Walking around and surrounded by cranes, dump trucks, wrecking balls, and other equipment I should have a hard hat for. Seems many come by to take pictures, but I am the only one documentating its fall. One of the crew asked if I wanted a rock. I asked for a seat instead. Didn’t get it, obviously. These guys are working 12-14 hour days just to get this thing down. Can tell some do not care about what info they talk about. To them this is just another job. Below are pictures taken over the past week. You will be able to see the changes by the old Gate A that have happened.
The new stadium plays host to a soccer game this Friday night. Kiosk workers and others were going through orientation and training tonight. Also, more Jets fans were visiting to check their seats out. Construction crews were finishing up away from the new stadium. I did not get any shots when I went back over. Camera issues. But I will be back and hopefully get those shots. Only so many places to stand and snap pictures anyway. Not many good angles.
Thursday I will be sitting down with Bayonne Assemblyman Anthony Chiappone. The Assemblyman and some colleagues are behind a Bill that would provide a PSL holder a “Bill of Rights”. Hoping to give PSL holders more options than the team will allow. After that, it is off to Mennen Arena in Morristown, NJ for the New Jersey Revolutions practice. The New Jersey Revolution of the American Indoor Football Association (AIFA) will face the Reading Revolution on Saturday May, 8th at 7PM. At least I will be getting some football footage for the documentary.
Funny note. As I was headed to Giants Stadium today, 101.9 WRXP played John Cougar Meloncamp’s “And The Walls, Came Tumbling Down”.
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Taken April 28
Taken April 30