Jets Glass Act

The New York Jets unveiled a new game plan for the West Side yesterday. It's a striking redesign of a proposed stadium, sheathed in a glass veil that can dramatically change appearance with the flip of a switch.

The 75,000-seat stadium and convention hall would stand one-third lower at 20 stories — without the towering wind turbines in the earlier design — and the main entrance would shift from 33rd Street to 11th Avenue.

Hovering above the ground, the outer curtain of the stadium would be made of a glass skin capable of chameleon-like changes through computer-controlled lighting. Depending on the stadium's use — as a football field, an exhibition hall or on "quiet" days as a retail and restaurant complex — the lighting would be altered to present a different look to the city.

The glass walls will also allow a direct view to the Hudson River from the planned Moynihan train station in the Farley Post Office, down a public corridor on 32nd Street, and through the stadium itself.

Fans inside would be able to see out across the city.

The redesign — away from a massive building that borrowed on the city's industrial past to a lighter, lower-profile structure — began after the plan was criticized.

"I have to say it's been a very intense design exercise," said Jets President Jay Cross.

The new design calls for 35,000-square feet of "destination" commercial space on 11th Avenue, where a 60-foot-tall entrance to the stadium will be located at 32nd Street. A broadcast TV studio will be located at the corner of 33rd Street.

Cross said the facility would include an "interactive gaming fantasy sports café" called the "New York Sack Exchange," in honor of the team's legendary defensive line of the early 1980s.

The stadium, which would be built on a platform above an MTA rail yard, would sit between 33rd and 30th streets on a superblock stretching from 11th Avenue to the West Side Highway.

Both the current and former designs were created by the New York-based firm Kohn Pederson Fox.

The stadium, now estimated to cost $1.7 billion, would be built with $600 million from the state and city to finance the platform over the rail yard and the retractable roof over the field so it can be used for convention space.

But the project still has several critical hurdles to cross, including approval from state lawmakers and a deal with the MTA over what the team will pay the transit agency for use of the site.

The two sides are now $200 million apart.

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