Anheueser-Busch joins MetLife at Giants/Jets stadium
I had been hearing for a couple of weeks that the new Giants/Jets stadium was close to naming it second "cornerstone" sponsor, to join MetLife.
Well, we have a winner! The Wall Street Journal reported that Anheuser-Busch will join the fun with an announcement today.
The St. Louis-based company primarily is known for producing adult beverages that traditionally are popular with men, a demographic that also tends to follow football closely.
Still no word on what company will cough up the really big dough to slap its name on the building.
(UPDATE: Click below for the official announcement.)The New Meadowlands Stadium Co. announced today that Budweiser and Bud Light will become the second cornerstone partner of the greatest stadium venture in National Football League history. The agreement grants Budweiser and Bud Light a significant presence in and around the new Meadowlands Stadium when it opens in 2010, and extends the beers malt beverage sponsorship of both the New York Jets and the New York Giants. With the signing of this sponsorship deal, 50 percent of the cornerstones have been sponsored by leading international companies.
Fans arriving at Meadowlands Stadium will enjoy pre-game festivities and live music and in the 25,000 square-foot Budweiser and Bud Light branded plaza on the stadiums north side. Inside the northeast corner of the stadium, fans will find a multi-tiered, 4,000-6,000 sq. ft. per level sports bar perfect for catching up on all the leagues action while enjoying the stadiums festive atmosphere. Once inside the bowl, Budweiser and Bud Light bring the action to fans by sponsoring one of the stadiums featured 40 x 130-foot HD video display boards.
Anheuser-Busch is the undisputed leader in their industry and one of the most respected sponsors in all of sports, said Mark Lamping, President and Chief Executive Officer of New Meadowlands Stadium Co. Their commitment to this historic project helps make possible our goal to create the pre-eminent worldwide sports and entertainment destination. From the pre-event activity outside of the stadium to the unprecedented amount of video within the seating bowl and public spaces, everything about this stadium is designed to provide fans with the best possible experience.
Anheuser-Busch has a great relationship with both the Jets and Giants, and our collective ingenuity helped create the best possible arrangement for branding Budweiser and Bud Light and the new Meadowlands Stadium, said Tony Ponturo, Vice President of Global Media and Sports Marketing for Anheuser-Busch, Inc. Were honored to be a cornerstone partner of the Meadowlands and to be a part of the success of the Jets and Giants for many years to come.
One of the stadium's greatest features are its four cornerstones which are both its symbolic and physical anchors, said Jets Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Woody Johnson. We are very proud that great American brands like Budweiser and Bud Light are extending their historic relationship with the Meadowlands by committing so significantly to the future through this cornerstone partnership.
When New York Jets and New York Giants fans enter the New Meadowlands Stadium for the 2010 football season, they will be walking into a facility that preserves the greatest qualities of the original Meadowlands, such as the fantastic sightlines to the field, but is transformed by public spaces and technology that deliver a 21st Century experience, said Giants Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch. The stadium will be one of the most advanced sports and entertainment complexes in the world, pulsing with a state-of-the-art infrastructure that will enable the teams to take advantage of new technological developments well into the future.
This sponsorship is a significant milestone as we move toward our opening in August 2010, said John Mara, Giants President and Chief Executive Officer. With more than 14 thousand tons of steel already erected, 45,000 cubic yards of concrete poured, and 680,000 man-hours logged, we are well on our way to creating one of the finest stadiums in the world.
Anheuser-Busch will maintain a significant presence in all Jets and Giants radio network broadcasts. As official beer sponsors of 28 NFL teams, Budweiser and Bud Light will also maintain a significant presence on all local and national game broadcasts, and are the exclusive alcohol beverage category advertiser on the Super Bowl broadcast through 2012.