MetLife Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, 8 miles (13 km) outside of New York City. It is part of the Meadowlands Sports Complex and serves as the home stadium for two National Football League (NFL) franchises: the New York Giants and the New York Jets. The stadium is owned by the MetLife Stadium Company, a joint venture of the Giants and Jets, who jointly built the stadium using private funds on land owned by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. The stadium opened as New Meadowlands Stadium in 2010. In 2011, MetLife, an insurance company based in New York City, acquired the naming rights to the stadium. At a construction cost of approximately $1.6 billion, it was the most expensive stadium ever built, at the time it opened.

History with the Macy's Parade

Since 2009, the MetLife Stadium has hosted Balloonfest, which is the official final test flight for the new balloons before they make their debut at the parade. They have hosted every Balloonfest until 2013. After that, Balloonfest began taking place at Citi Field in Flushing, New York from 2014 to 2016. Starting in 2017, MetLife Stadium once again hosted Balloonfest and has took place there ever since. They've also hosted Balloon Handler's Training sessions every year, usually in September or October.

In addition to hosting test flights, NFL Legends Hines Ward, Bart Oates and Joe Namath appeared on the New York Daily News Big Apple float in the 2013 parade to promote Super Bowl XLVIII, which took place at MetLife Stadium.

Balloons used at MetLife Stadium

Below, you will find all of the balloons test flighted at MetLife Stadium throughout the years.

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