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The Meadowlands
October 2002

The NFL finally came to New Jersey in 1976. The Giants, who used to play at Yankee Stadium, got their own home at Giants Stadium. The Giants have sold out every game they have played at Giants Stadium. South River’s own Drew Pearson caught the first touchdown pass in Giants Stadium on October 10 of that year. Pearson, a member of the rival Dallas Cowboys, was named to the NFL all-decade team of the 1970s.

Eight years later, the Jets left Shea Stadium to move to New Jersey, too. In 1984, Giants Stadium became the only stadium to host two NFL teams. The New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League, the New York/New Jersey Knights of the World League of American Football, and the NY/NJ Hitmen of the XFL have also called Giants Stadium home. The stadium is also home to the Kickoff Classic, the traditional first game of the college football season. The annual Army-Navy game was played three times at Giants Stadium.

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