Back in 2005, Giants owner John Mara and Jets owner Woody Johnson were preparing to bring New York’s two NFL teams back inside the Big Apple with a state-of-the-art football stadium. West Side Stadium, with a retractable dome and seating for up to 85,000, would have brought the Super Bowl to New York City in 2010. It also formed the centerpiece of New York’s bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Alas, the stadium never came to be. Miami hosted the 2010 Super Bowl; London got the Olympics. So Mr. Mara and Mr. Johnson went with another plan, opening MetLife Stadium in 2010. It cost almost twice as much as the original West Side plan, and it doesn’t have a dome. It’s the most expensive stadium in the world—at $1.6 billion—and it’s also in New Jersey. The Giants and the Jets will be locked in as tenants just across the Hudson for decades. But it helped Mr. Mara and Mr. Johnson snag the 48th Super Bowl in 2014, no small feat. In February of next year, the first cold-weather, open-air Super Bowl will take place, hosted by two states and two NFL franchises. After that, we can talk about the Olympics.