A Spectator's Guide to Nationals at MetLife

Everything you need to know, including the schedule, ticket information, maps, weather, parking & more!


Thank you for planning to attend the 2013 USBands National Championships this Saturday, November 9 at MetLife Stadium, home of Super Bowl XLVIII.

We hope to provide our spectators, performers, instructors, volunteers and adjudicators with an exceptional show-day experience.

Please review the information below for all information related to Saturday's event.

Best of luck to your band this weekend!


Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event at the Box Office near the Spectator Entrance for $32 each. Cash, checks, and credit and debit cards will all be accepted. Children under 34 inches tall will be admitted free of charge.

Tickets are also available prior to the event directly through your band. Please contact your director for more information.

Credentials & Field Access

Only those with a USBands “Director” or “Band Staff” credential and a wristband will be permitted on the field during their band’s performance. These credentials will also give the band staff access into the spectator seating area. All other adults must enter the stadium with a ticket through the main entrance.

Parking, Warm-ups & Event Flow

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Spectator Parking will be in Lot F as noted on the Site Overview Map above. No personal vehicles will be allowed to park in the Bus Parking Lot.

There will not be a parking fee at this event.

Warm-up Location
Bands can create their own warm up space in Lot G.

Event Flow
The Spectator Entrance is indicated by the black arrow by the endzone on the left of the map above. Bands will enter and exit the stadium as indicated in the oposite endzone. Gate P is for band re-entry only.

Please only leave and return to your seat between performances so as not to distract other spectators.

Security Checks
NMS Security will check every bag that enters the stadium. MetLife has graciously loosened their gameday protocol. For this event, only bags smaller than 12x12x12 will be permitted inside the stadium.

No "professional" cameras with long, telephoto lenses or video cameras will be allowed inside the stadium. Security officials will ask that these items be stored in a personal vehicle before entry.

Important Awards Ceremony Information

In a twist on the traditional announcing of results, the Awards Ceremonies at the 2013 USBands National Championships to be held at MetLife Stadium on Sat., Nov. 9 will have a new location on the MetLife Central Stage near the main entrance to the magnificent venue.


Relocating the Award Ceremonies to MetLife Central enables USBands to conduct additional ceremonies throughout the day, shortening the day for some bands and to adequately recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the talented students in their final USBands performance of the year.

Award Ceremonies will be held at:

2 p.m. - Group 3 Open
5 p.m. - Group 4 Open
9:30 p.m. - Group 3 A
11 p.m. - Group 6 A & Festival

Concourse Offerings

  • National Championships eventwear
  • Music-related wearables
  • Airgrams
  • Candygrams
  • Programs
  • Concessions

Video recording devices will NOT be permitted inside the stadium. Copies of the performances will be available for purchase in the weeks following the event. Order forms will be available in the souvenir area.

Support Your Band in the Challenge!

Also at MetLife this Saturday, the Great 2013 USBands Video Challenge! Click here to find out how your DVD purchase goes towards helping to support your band program!


MetLife Stadium
1 MetLife Stadium Drive

East Rutherford, NJ 07073

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From the George Washington Bridge
Take the George Washington Bridge to the New Jersey Turnpike South. Take the Turnpike's western spur to one of the Sports Complex exits, 16W or 18W. These exits provide direct access to the Sports Complex parking areas.

From New York City and points East
Take the Lincoln Tunnel and follow signs for Route 3 West. Take Route 3 West to the Sports Complex.

Traveling North on the New Jersey Turnpike
Follow the Western Spur (Sports Complex to Exit 16W), which provides direct access to Sports Complex parking areas. If the roadway is congested, use the eastern turnpike spur (Lincoln Tunnel) to exit 16E to take Route 3 West which provides direct access to the Sports Complex parking areas. 

Traveling South on the Garden State Parkway
Garden State Parkway South to exit 163 (Route 17). Follow Route 17 to Paterson Plank Road. Take Paterson Plank Road east to the Sports Complex.

Traveling North on the Garden State Parkway
Garden State Parkway North to exit 153A (Route 3). Follow Route 3 East to the Sports Complex.

From the West - I-80
Merge onto I-80 East. Continue onto US-46 East. Make a slight right at NJ-3 East. Follow signs to the Sports Complex

From the East - I-80
Merge onto I-80 West. Proceed to Route 17 South to Paterson Plank Road. Follow signs to the Sports Complex

From West I-78
Take I-78 East (Express) Toward Newark. Take Exit onto I-95 North. Take Exit 16 W for NJ Route 3 toward Secaucus / Rutherford / Sports Complex

From NJ Route 24
Take Route 24 East. Take I-78 East (Express) Toward Newark. Take Exit onto I-95 North. Take Exit 16 W for NJ Route 3 toward Secaucus / Rutherford / Sports Complex

Weather Forecast

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Official Schedule

Performance times are subject to change. Please check back for adjustments.

08:55 National Anthem
09:00 Tuscarora HS (Frederick, MD): Open / III
09:13 Rancocas Valley Regional HS Red Devils (Mount Holly, NJ): Open / III
09:26 Danbury HS Hatters (Danbury, CT): Open / III
09:39 Cranston HS East Thunderbolt Band (Cranston, RI): Open / III
09:52 Norwich Free Academy Wildcat Marching Band (Norwich, CT): Open / III
10:05 Montville Township HS Mustangs (Montville, NJ): Open / III
10:18 Fair Lawn HS Cutters (Fair Lawn, NJ): Open / III
10:31 Old Bridge HS Marching Knights (Old Bridge, NJ): Open / III
10:44 Morris Knolls HS Golden Eagles (Rockaway, NJ): Open / III
10:57 Norwood HS Mustangs (Norwood, MA): Open / III
11:10 Frank W. Cox HS Marching Falcons (Virginia Beach, VA): Open / III
11:23 Great Mills HS Hornets (Great Mills, MD): Open / III
11:36 Urbana HS Mighty Hawks (Ijamsville, MD): Open / III
11:49 Northwest HS Marching Jaguars (Germantown, MD): Open / III
12:02 Susquehanna Township HS Indians (Harrisburg, PA): Open / III
12:15 King Philip Regional HS Pride & the Passion (Wrentham, MA): Open / III
12:25 Intermission
12:45 Brick Memorial HS Marching Mustangs (Brick, NJ): Open / IV
12:59 Red Land HS Marching Patriots (Lewisberry, PA): Open / IV
13:13 Jack Britt HS The Pride of Jack Britt (Fayetteville, NC): Open / IV
13:27 Northern York HS (Dillsburg, PA): Open / IV
13:41 Chattahoochee HS Marching Band (Johns Creek, GA): Open / IV
13:55 Nazareth Area HS Blue Eagle (Nazareth, PA): Open / IV
14:09 Victor HS Marching Blue Devils (Victor, NY): Open / IV
14:23 Shawnee HS Renegade Marching Band (Medford, NJ): Open / IV
14:37 Cicero-North Syracuse HS Northstars (Cicero, NY): Open / IV
14:51 Cheshire HS Marching Ram Band (Cheshire, CT): Open / IV
15:05 Smithfield-Selma HS Spartan Regiment (Smithfield, NC): Open / IV
15:19 Freedom HS Spirit of Freedom (South Riding, VA): Open / IV
15:34 Towson University (Towson, MD): Exhibition
16:30 Boonsboro HS Warrior Band (Boonsboro, MD): A / III
16:43 Broad Run HS Marching Spartans (Ashburn, VA): A / III
16:56 Westbrook HS Blazes (Westbrook, ME): A / III
17:09 Voorhees HS Vikings (Glen Gardner, NJ): A / III
17:22 Linden HS (Linden, NJ): A / III
17:35 Rahway HS Marching Indians (Rahway, NJ): A / III
17:48 Long Reach HS The Pride of Long Reach (Columbia, MD): A / III
18:01 South Plainfield HS Tigers (South Plainfield, NJ): A / III
18:14 Lyman Hall HS Trojans (Wallingford, CT): A / III
18:27 Northern Burlington County Regional HS (Columbus, NJ): A / III
18:40 Williamstown HS Marching Braves (Williamstown, NJ): A / III
18:53 Saucon Valley HS Panthers Marching Band (Hellertown, PA): A / III
19:06 North Plainfield HS Marching Canucks (North Plainfield, NJ): A / III
19:19 Lindenhurst HS Bulldogs (Lindenhurst, NY): A / III
19:32 Central Bucks South HS Marching Titans (Warrington, PA): A / III
19:45 Riverbend HS Emerald Sound (Fredericksburg, VA): A / III
19:58 Pequannock Township HS (Pompton Plains, NJ): A / III
20:11 North Warren Regional HS Patriots (Blairstown, NJ): A / III
20:24 Governor Thomas Johnson HS Patriots (Frederick, MD): A / III
20:35 University of Connecticut The Pride of Connecticut (Storrs, CT): Exhibition
20:56 Stroudsburg Area HS Mountaineers (Stroudsburg, PA): Festival / V
21:10 Bergenfield HS (Bergenfield, NJ): Festival / VI
21:24 Bunnell-Stratford HS Bulldogs (Stratford, CT): A / VI
21:38 Fort Lee HS Bridgemen Band (Fort Lee, NJ): A / VI
21:52 New Providence HS (New Providence, NJ): A / VI
22:06 Jackson Memorial HS Jaguar Band (Jackson, NJ): A / VI
22:20 Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Raiders (Scotch Plains, NJ): A / VI
22:34 Cleveland HS (Cleveland, TN): A / VI


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