Everything you need to know

Spoiler alert for Beatles fans: Paul McCartney is performing a special virtual duet on his Got Back tour, which comes to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Thursday, June 16,

A video, with vocals, of the late John Lennon is shown during the Beatles classic “I’ve Got a Feeling.” The footage comes from Peter Jackson’s “The Beatles: Get Back” documentary, which was originally filmed for the Fab Four’s “Let It Be” movie in January of 1969.

Lennon was 29 years old.

“We got something here that’s very special for me,” said McCartney during the performance in Oakland, Calif.

Paul McCartney greets the audience on May 31 during the Got Back tour stop at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn.

Paul McCartney greets the audience on May 31 during the Got Back tour stop at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Got Back shows, which are running about 2½ hours, are chock full of Beatles, Wings and McCartney classics. The tour-closing MetLife concert comes two days before McCartney’s 80th birthday.

What are there chances of “Birthday” being performed at MetLife? Pretty good — the classic has been played on every tour show, according to setlist.fm.

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Be sure to get there early and avoid the check-in lines to get to you seat  — the show starts approximately at 8 p.m. and there is no opener. Transfer tickets to the members of your party and be sure to add them to your mobile wallet before arriving at the gate.

The 13-city tour launched April 28 at the Spokane Arena in Washington. It’s Macca’s first run of live dates since the 39-show, 12-country Freshen Up tour ended in July 2019. 

“Paul McCartney Got Back” was written in 20-foot tall white letters in the end zones of the field where the Giants and Jets play in February to mark the MetLife show. Fans were invited on the field to take pictures.

“When you come back after three years you get a bit more nervous than you normally would because you’re just thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, have I forgotten how it goes?’ ” said McCartney on paulmcccartney.com. “It takes a little while until you start to think, ‘Oh yeah, I’ve got this!’ ”

Attendees are not required to wear a mask and do not need to show proof of vaccination or provide a negative COVID-19 test. Below is more of what you need to know, as provided by MetLife Stadium.

Go: Paul McCartney, 8 p.m. Thursday, June 16, MetLife Stadium, Route 3, East Rutherford. Resale tickets start at $190; www.metlifestadium.com

Paul McCartney performing May 31 at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn.

Paul McCartney performing May 31 at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn.

Event schedule

Parking lots open: 3 p.m.

Gates open: 6 p.m.

Concert begins (estimated): 8 p.m. (there is no opening act). MetLife Stadium continues to operate with enhanced security checks at all entrances so allow plenty of time for entry and to get to your seats.

Fans should expect extra travel time due to rush hour and summer traffic.


Parking Fee: $40 per car; $160 per Bus/RV; credit cards and cash accepted at entry plazas.

Parking directions: metlifestadium.com/getting-here/directions

Tailgating policy: Tailgating is permitted. Additional details: bit.ly/RT73KF

Non-rideshare pick-up/drop-off: Roadway between Lots D and E

NJ Transit and Rideshare: Please note, masks are recommended for all guests on public transportation systems and rideshare/taxi services.

NJ TRANSIT TRAIN: Round-trip service between Meadowlands Station (MetLife Stadium) and Secaucus Junction will be operational starting at 5:34 p.m. The final Meadowlands Station-bound train will depart from Secaucus at 9:10 p.m. The last train from MetLife Stadium to Secaucus Junction will not depart Meadowlands Station any earlier than 1 a.m.

Service from MetLife Stadium will operate later if customer travel warrants. However, NJ TRANSIT may not be able to hold connections for last trains at Secaucus, especially those traveling outbound, due to limits on the amount of time train crews can work. Please check your connection time at Secaucus to allow ample time to connect to the last train of the evening to your destination. For more information visit njtransit.com/metlifestadium.

COACH USA BUS: The 351 Meadowlands Express will operate from Gate 220 at NYC Port Authority direct to MetLife Stadium (parking lot K) starting at 6 p.m. The last bus will leave the stadium 60 minutes after the concert ends. Round-trip tickets are available for purchase at www.coachusa.com/351-meadowlands-express.

RIDESHARE: Designated rideshare pick-up and drop-off location is in Lot E. Be advised that rideshare surge pricing is often in effect after the event and larger crowds will result in longer than usual wait times for a car to arrive. Please make sure your phone is charged and ready to go if you are planning to use one of these services.

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Ticket policy: All guests over 34 inches much have their own ticket.

Re-entry policy: No re-entry. If you leave the Stadium, you will not be allowed to re-enter on the same ticket.

Ticket office/Will-Call: Located at trailer outside MetLife Gate. Opens at 3 p.m.

Guests with Floor Tickets: Upon entering the Stadium, guests with floor tickets should go to the Plaza near the SAP Gate where their tickets will be scanned again to verify floor access. Please allow extra time for this secondary scan process.

For a seamless entry, please transfer tickets to the members of your party and be sure to add them to your mobile wallet before arriving at the gate.

The Paul McCartney "Got Back" endzones in February at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.

The Paul McCartney “Got Back” endzones in February at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.

MetLife Stadium health and safety protocols

The safety and well-being of our guests and team members is our top priority. We are committed to providing everyone who enters MetLife Stadium a safe, clean environment with reduced touch points. For a full list of Stadium Safe protocols and enhancements, visit metlifestadium.com/stadiumsafe.

Health Promise: By entering MetLife Stadium, you and your guests are confirming that you are not experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms as identified by the CDC.

Stadium Entry Guidelines: Guests are not required to wear a mask to enter and do not need to show proof of vaccination or provide a negative COVID-19 test. The NJ Department of Health recommends wearing a face mask when recently exposed to someone with COVID-19, or if you live in a county with elevated or “high” COVID community level.

Assumption of Risk: Notwithstanding our efforts, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and its variants exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 and its variants are extremely dangerous disease that can lead to severe illness and death. While people of all ages and health conditions have been adversely affected by COVID-19, certain people have been identified by public health authorities as having greater risk based on age and/or underlying medical conditions. No precautions can completely eliminate the risk of exposure to COVID-19. By entering the Stadium and Stadium grounds, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and its variants.

Met-Life is a cash-free venue

MetLife Stadium operates cash-free. Cash is not accepted at concession stands or retail locations inside the Stadium. Visa is the preferred form of payment at MetLife Stadium. Pay with a debit or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover) using tap to pay, chip or swipe, or mobile payment, including Apple Pay and Google Pay.

For guests who bring cash to the stadium, reverse ATMs are available onsite to load cash onto a prepaid Visa debit card valid for in-stadium purchases. This service is free to guests. The Visa debit card has no expiration date and can be used anywhere a Visa debit card is accepted. Reverse ATMs are located in MetLife West Hall and sections 117, 128, 149, 220a, 245a, 304, 322, 334 and 347.

Stadium carry-in policies

  • Clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC bag that does not exceed 12” x 6” x 12” OR 1 gallon clear, plastic freezer bag (Ziploc or similar) – limit 1 per person

  • Small clutch purse/wallet no larger than 4.5” x 6.5” with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the stadium with one of the clear plastic bag options

  • Bags that do not meet these specifications can be checked-in at one of our bag check facilities (located outside each entry gate) for a $5 fee per bag

  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose

The following approved items may be brought into MetLife Stadium for this event:

  • Hand sanitizer: 6 ounces or less in size and disinfecting wipes

  • Reusable water bottles (both plastic and aluminum); Bottles must be empty upon entry. See a list of water fountain locations where bottles may be filled here.

  • Video cameras and still-photography cameras (not contained in a case) with a lens that is 6” or shorter

  • Tablets (iPad) not contained in a case

  • Signs, banners, and flags that are no larger than 24” x 18” and are not displayed on poles or sticks

  • Small portable phone chargers (no larger than an iPhone)

  • Binoculars (not contained in a case)

  • Rain ponchos, jackets or blankets after being patted down or searched

  • Food contained in a clear plastic bag

  • Factory-sealed water or soft drinks that are 20 ounces or less in size

The following items are prohibited at MetLife Stadium for this event:

  • Any type of non-clear bag exceeding 4.5” x 6.5” in size including purses/handbags, camera or binocular cases, backpacks, fanny packs, diaper bags, and briefcases/computer bags

  • Balloons

  • Alcoholic beverages of any kind

  • Laser pointers, flashlights, fireworks and balls of any kind

  • Noisemakers, whistles, plastic horns and air horns

  • Battery operated clothing (socks, jackets, etc.)

  • Selfie sticks

  • Umbrellas

  • Seat cushions of any size except those for medical needs

  • Cameras with a lens longer than 6”

  • Gifts or other items for performers

Additional information

Stadium Social Links: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Website: www.metlifestadium.com

WiFi: Connect to the Free WiFi network: #MetLifeStadium_Free_WiFi

Stadium Map: http://bit.ly/2XcD96A

Guest Services Hotline: 201-559-1515

Guest Text Messaging Service: Type 78247, type MLS, followed by a space and your request and location (this service is only active on event day).

For questions prior to the event, email us at [email protected].

Accessible Services: MetLife Stadium staff welcome members of our disabled community. To help you plan your visit, please read about our accessible services, programs, and policies. For questions prior to the event, email us at [email protected] or call 201-559-1515.

Alcohol sales

International guests looking to purchase alcohol must present a valid passport in order to complete a transaction as part of New Jersey State Law. MetLife Stadium cannot accept a driver’s license from another country to establish proof of age. Guests with a valid passport may also be subject to an additional age verification form to complete a transaction. Please note the legal drinking age in the United States is 21.

Security screening procedure

All guests will be subject to a courteous screening via a walk-through metal detector to ensure the highest level of safety and security. Guests will be required to place their cell phones, cameras, keys and all metal objects on the security table prior to walking through the metal detector. Belts and jewelry do not need to be removed.

To make this process go as smoothly as possible, guests should only bring those items they absolutely need while attending the event. Please leave enough time to get to your seats; the earlier you arrive the better.

Code of conduct

Guests at MetLife Stadium are encouraged to:

  • Respect each other as well as our Stadium team members and staff

  • Consume alcoholic beverages in a responsible manner

  • Following instructions from Team Members regarding stadium operations and emergency procedures

  • Refrain from fighting, throwing items or using foul/abusive language or gestures

  • Avoid displaying indecent messages on clothing

  • Keep MetLife Stadium SMOKE-FREE by only smoking on the plaza near the Stadium gates or in parking lots

  • Guests who choose not to follow the Guest Code of Conduct will be subject to ejection, possible arrest and loss of PSL.

General tips

  • Check the weather and dress appropriately. Please be aware of the type of shoes that you wear as some do not offer as much protection or comfort when moving in a crowd.

  • Please remember to keep your cell phone charged. Charging station locations are available at the Stadium.

  • Bring essentials. Please carry emergency phone numbers and list of any medical information, if applicable.

  • Use the buddy system. Stay with your friends when moving throughout the Stadium.

  • Pick a place to meet up. Please identify a place outside the Stadium to meet up with your party in the event you become separated.

  • Plan to arrive early. Try to arrive at the Stadium at least one hour before the start of the event. This will help your entry into the Stadium.

  • Report problems immediately. Please contact a uniformed Stadium team member or use the Guest Text Messaging system if you need assistance. Please do not allow someone or something to impact your experience in a negative manner.

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Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected].

This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Paul McCartney at MetLife Stadium: Everything you need to know

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