USBands is excited to announce the return of Yamaha Cup: Northeast and Open Class Nationals to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. MetLife Stadium has played host to these major events in years past, and we are thrilled to return to such an incredible venue in 2018. Yamaha Cup: Northeast will take place on Saturday, October 13 and Open Class Nationals will take place on Saturday, November 10.
"We've found a home at MetLife Stadium, and we cannot wait to return in 2018. The venue provides the ideal place for directors, students, and spectators to enjoy the event which is why we return year after year," said Kevin Harrison, Director of USBands. In addition to playing host to several of USBands' largest events, MetLife serves as the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets. The immense stadium provides a spectacular venue for students who may not otherwise be able to perform in professional stadiums.
Last fall, Yamaha Cup: Northeast hosted a total of 68 bands, while Open Class Nationals saw an incredible 59 performances from high schools across the country. Both events encompassed an entire day and saw a record number of bands at their respective events. The stadium allows for a great vantage point for all spectators due to the enormity of the venue.