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Izod Center, East Rutherford
(2.5/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web)
The Izod Center was an indoor sports and entertainment venue located in the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The arena is located on New Jersey Route 120 and is across the highway from MetLife Stadium and the Meadowlands Racetrack. A covered footbridge connects one of MetLife Stadium's parking lots with the Izod Center's lot. The arena has a maximum capacity of 20,049. The Izod Center was originally known as the Brendan Byrne Arena and later was renamed Continental Airlines Arena after the airline, which had a hub at nearby Newark Liberty International Airport, purchased naming rights. In 2007, Phillips-Van Heusen, a clothing manufacturer, bought the naming rights after Continental Airlines elected not to retain them; PVH rebranded the venue with its Izod clothing label and the arena adopted its current name of Izod Center.The arena was originally built to accommodate a move of the New York Nets basketball team to New Jersey and opened in 1981. In 1982, the Colorado Rockies hockey team joined the Nets in the new building and became known as the New Jersey Devils. The Nets and Devils were joined by Seton Hall Pirates men's college basketball team in 1985.
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  • The Izod is no more - After losing money for years and pressure from the Prudential Center - They closed their doors back in May.... the building remains - it just houses ghosts and faded memories now...  more »
  • We saw a concert here, a lot of average seats where you have to wrench your head. With that being said, it's still a pretty good venue. 
  • There are many events there! It is very enjoyable no matter what you see! I saw a circus and its as great! 
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  • The Meadowlands Arena is okay for sporting events, but horrible for concerts. I will use the sponsor's name when an alligator slips me a few bucks. The sound for concerts is probably the worst I have ever experienced. Music is much better in clubs and theaters instead of basketball/hockey arenas. Their security can be overzealous at times. But they care more about selling bootleg concert tee shirts than the safety of patrons. I can't believe this place might close.
  • Great for sports events and okay for concerts. There are seats to the side with pretty limited views
  • Hospitality staff are zombies. Climate control has a hard time keeping up. Gouged at every opportunity from tolls to get in to parking to concessions. On top of that I'm being double douched with the tax subsidies that were blown on this thing. It needs to go. Collosal waste Mr Sweeny.
  • IZOD Center is big but if you have the stadium seats close to the stage, the view is awesome. Once you get to the middle top it is very far. IZOD is in New Jersey, yet it is easy to get to via car or bus. Concerts are pricey, acoustic is great!!
  • It's cavernous feel would have been more balanced out if the fans showed more passion, particularly at NBA games. Climate control is practically non-existent. I could've sworn there was manufactured crowd noise playing over the loudspeakers. It's clear why this venue was ditched.