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Neutral end zones at MetLife Stadium for Jets and Giants games this weekend

An inside look at the preparations for MetLife

An inside look at the preparations for MetLife Stadium on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, as it prepares to host the Jets on Saturday night and the Giants on Sunday afternoon. Photo Credit: MetLife Stadium

Neither the Jets nor the Giants will have their colors or logos in the end zone when they play home games at MetLife Stadium this weekend.

The teams announced on Wednesday that there will be “neutral” end zones – green turf with white slash marks going across them – as they play games with roughly 12 hours between the expected end of the Jets-Texans game on Saturday and when players arrive for warmups for the Giants-Titans game that kicks off at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The initial plan was to change the end zones over, but with rainy weather forecast for the weekend that plan was aborted.

This is the second time neutral end zones will be used for NFL games in MetLife Stadium since it opened in 2010. They were first used on Dec. 17 and 18, 2016, during an even tighter turnaround. The Jets hosted the Dolphins on a Saturday at 8:25 p.m. and the Giants faced the Lions the following day at 1.

According to the teams, there are more than 1,200 manual elements that need to be changed out in the stadium and lots, including green to blue gel packs that up-light the venue, the field wall, the Ring of Honor, plaza banners, and suite and press box artwork. That doesn’t include making the stadium presentable after the mess of a game. A standard changeover requires 50 cleaners, the teams said. For this changeover, 200 additional cleaners will be deployed.

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