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East Rutherford: Big Blue Draft Party Leaves Fans Soggy, Cold And Disappointed

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Hundreds of New York Giants fans were met with cold and rainy weather upon entering MetLife Stadium Thursday evening for the Giants NFL Draft Party.

Seeking warmer shelter inside, the fans received a door in their face at the Stadium due to the upcoming events going on during the weekend.

The annual Draft Day festivities were very limited due because of the Monster Jam event that has been going on for the last week.

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The dirt filled field was tarp covered, and off limits to the approximately 1,000 fans, who were restricted to two sections of seats outside in the rain.

“We have hosted a draft party since we moved into MetLife Stadium in 2010 and for many years prior to that in Giants Stadium,” said Senior Vice President of Communications, Pat Hanlon.

The promise of free food and beverages were met with soft pretzels and iced coffee samples.

“We are very disappointed,” said Monroe resident Sara Donovan. “There is nothing in here that screams football at all. You would think that you are literally at a junkyard instead of your stadium. The stadium is always drab and gray to begin with, but this is a new low. There’s no excitement. We are usually down on the field, mingling with the Jets fans. There’s usually a good sportsmanship, and a good rivalry. But we are completely separated; it looks like we are on the other side of the river from them. This whole thing is very disappointing.”

Giants’ fans were quarantined from Jets fans who were also restricted to the opposite side of the stadium.

“This year's Draft Party at MetLife Stadium was an exclusive opportunity for Giants season-ticket holders that included complimentary tickets and parking to the event,” Hanlon said. “Depending on their membership, season-ticket holders were able to access the Toyota Club, Commissioners Club, as well as family friendly activities in the plaza area in the stadium. Similar to previous draft events, season-ticket holders had an opportunity to meet current and former Giants, along with autograph opportunities. Due to the Monster Jam event, however, there was no field access provided. We value our relationship with our season-ticket holders and constantly look to improve their overall fan experience at all Giants events.”

In addition to the disappointment from the event, Giants fans were also visibly discouraged by the team’s first round draft selection.

Ohio State cornerback, Eli Apple was selected 10th overall by the New York Giants. Apple, who was projected, to go late in the first round came as a surprise to all when the Giants drafted him.

Apple played two years for Ohio State, and had a combined total of 86 tackles, and only four interceptions, according to the organization.

Just looking at these stats alone, several fans feel it shows that Apple is not top 10 material.

As soon as the Giants made the selection, boos erupted from the audience, and the stadium emptied.

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