While Bon Jovi plays the third of it's four New Meadowlands Stadium-opening shows tomorrow night, the new digs has had no trouble attracting events of all kinds for it's inaugural year. Hip-hop concerts, food and music festivals and college football will grace the East Rutherford stage over the coming months, aside from the obvious gluttony of Giants and Jets football. However, there's one event that you all can maybe mark on your calendar as the unofficial "coming out party" for the new building.
US Soccer announced today that the USMNT (Men's National Team for the soccer and acronym unenlightened) will take on world powerhouse, five-time World Cup champion and, let's face it, likely 2010 World Cup finalist/champion Brazil at NMS in the United States' first match after the grand tournament on August 10, 2010. The game will is scheduled for 8PM ET and shall be broadcast on ESPN2.
The new stadium is slated to be part of the contingent of stadiums to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup should the US win the bidding process, so this could be a terrific showcase for the Meadowlands and the state of New Jersey in front of a likely curious worldwide audience.