Izod Center is part of the Meadowlands Sports Complex in New Jersey. Izod Center can hold 20,00 people and has hosted the New Jersey Nets of the NBA, the New Jersey Devils of the NHL, as well as NCAA basketball games for Seton Hall and now serves as the site for some of the Fordham Rams basketball team's home games. It has been a staple of New Jersey culture and entertainment since it first opened its doors in 1981. The arena was previously known as the Brendan Byrne Arena and Continental Airlines Arena before becoming the Izod Center. Having hosted several Stanley Cup Finals games as well as NBA Finals games, Izod Center is an excellent place to catch a sporting event. Now you can see some Atlantic 10 basketball when the Fordham Rams play some of their home games at the Izod Center.
Izod Center serves as the setting for WWE wrestling events, theater, and concerts from some of the biggest names in music. The Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Taylor Swift, and Katy Perry are just a few of the musical superstars who have played at Izod Center and the venue is always scheduling more superstar acts to perform. Ice shows are currently the biggest draw at the arena with shows like Marvel Universe Live and Disney on Ice Frozen being held at Izod Center. Local radio station 103.5 KTUS holds its KTUphoria festival at the popular venue as well which has featured the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Cash Cash, Calvin Harris, and more.
Newark stands as the most populous city in New Jersey and as such it is a bustling metropolis that offers plenty for its residents as well as visitors to the city. If you are looking to hear some fantastic music see if you can make it to a performance by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra or the New Jersey State Opera at New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The Newark Museum offers an amazing collection of Tibetan and American art to peruse, or if you want to spend some time outside visit one of the many parks in the area including Lincoln Park or Branch Brook Park.
Izod Center allows just over 20,000 fans for basketball games and a little over 19,000 for hockey games, while most concerts cap out at 20,000 fans. Izod Center has been the go-to place in New Jersey for entertainment for well over thirty years and is still going strong. Once you attend an event at this popular venue you will surely want to start planning a return trip in the near future.
The Izod Center opened in 1981 at the Brendan Byrd Arena, named after the governor of New Jersey at the time. The venue opened with a bang with six straight performances by hometown hero Bruce Springsteen. Although the official name of the arena at the time was the Brendan Byrd Arena, it was often referred to on televised broadcasts as The Meadowlands.