Originally intended to be the 85,000-seat main stadium for New York's bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics, it was designed to be downsized to 75,000 seats for the Jets.
However, the West Side Stadium would have required significant public funding, which collapsed in 2005.
The Jets then entered into a partnership with the Giants to build a new stadium in which the two teams would be equal partners.
The architects were tasked with designing a neutral stadium that would still embody the distinct personalities of both franchises.
Front row 50 yard line seats are 46 feet (14 m) away from the sideline, which is the shortest distance of all NFL stadiums.