Giants Sue To Block Xanadu

The New York Giants filed a lawsuit April 5th to force the state of New Jersey to make “state of the art” renovations to Giants Stadium and to block the $1.3 billion Xanadu entertainment project in East Rutherford’s Meadowlands complex.

In their lawsuit against the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, the Giants allege that their Meadowlands landlord breached its lease obligations by failing to provide the team with a “state of the art” facility as provided under a lease amended in 1995.

The suit also seeks an injunction to stop construction of the Xanadu project, which started March 28th.

Xanadu is to include sports-themed theatres, bars, restaurants and shopping outlets, and be built around Continental Airlines Arena.

The team’s lawsuit came nearly a month following the sports authority took the Giants to court after efforts by the team to close a deal on a new $750 million stadium stalled. A key issue for the Giants is parking at the complex, which the team claims would hinder its fans on game days.

During stadium negotiations, the Giants sought to have Xanadu closed on game days to avoid parking and traffic problems.