Game Day Guides: Trojans and Orange Fans, Welcome to New Jersey

This Saturday, #2 ranked University of Southern California Trojans will take on unranked Syracuse Orange at MetLife Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) with the gametime coverage beginning at 2:30 p.m. on ABC.

With Heisman Candidate Matt Barkley and the rest of the Trojans looking for a national championship this year, many USC fans will make the nearly 2,800 mile trip from Los Angeles to East Rutherford, New Jersey. Syracuse fans will have a much shorter journey from the rolling hills of Upstate New York to watch their team compete on the gridiron.

The Meadowlands

Football faithful, do not fear. Your hours of traveling this weekend will be rewarded. East Rutherford sits perfectly positioned in the New York City metropolitan area in the the Meadowlands. Between New York, New Jersey’s Hudson River cities and the Meadowlands, there are literally hundreds of things for you and your crew to do before and after Saturday’s match up.

Here are our picks for pre, post and game day entertainment around the Meadowlands.

Deplane and find a bar where everyone knows your name

If you’re flying into Newark, LaGuardia or even JFK Airport, make sure to make a stop at a local Manhattan neighborhood bar after a long day of travel and before checking into your hotel.

When in New York, do as the New Yorkers do

New York City truly is the City That Never Sleeps, so if you’re staying on the Island on game day weekend, you probably won’t either.  After a snooze at your hotel, grab your gang and hit up a dance club in the city, then check out Times Square at night. Unbelievable.

If you’re staying on the New Jersey side of the bay, but still want to check out Manhattan or one of the other four boroughs, a great way to get around is to take the Path. Some Path Trains run all night and go right into Manhattan. Stations in New Jersey are located in Hoboken, Jersey City, Newark Airport, Harrison and Newport. You can take the Path into the World Trade Center, as well to Christopher Street, 9th, 14th, 23rd and 33rd Streets in Manhattan.

Find breakfast and beer

If kickoff is at 3:30, you’ll want to be up and about a little earlier than usual on game day Saturday. On your way to the stadium, stop for some food and drink on the outskirts of the City to avoid high prices near the stadium. There are lots of sports bars along the way too where you can pop in and check the scores and coverage of other games across the county.

Post game at the pub

After the big game, grab a beer with your buddies at a pub outside the stadium or back in the City and recant all the big plays of the day. Or, if you’re not too tired, find one of those exclusive New York clubs to kick back in and check out the scene in the meatpacking and West Village neighborhoods of Manhattan.

Bonus: NFL Season Opener

If you’re fortunate enough to be staying in town on Sunday, make sure to catch the Jets open the NFL season against the Bills. If you’re a Jets fan, head to these bars and if you’re a Bills fan, check out these places.


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