Giants fan spends 2 years and $20,000 to create the most amazing replica of Giants Stadium in history

Many retired people aren’t content with spending their days watching daytime TV and puttering around the house while simultaneously driving their spouse crazy.  Take 75-year-old Don Martini for instance, a retired school teacher, grandfather and enormous Giants fan who spent two years of his retirement—and $20,000 of his hard-earned money—to single handedly make the most amazing replica of old Giants Stadium known to man.  Seriously, the only thing missing from this phenomenal re-creation is a mini Jimmy Hoffa figure buried under the stadium turf.

Martini converted his garage into a shrine for his beloved Giants, with the 20-foot long by 17-foot wide stadium replica the glorious centerpiece.  Autographed photos of the Super Bowl teams adorn the walls along with a huge picture of the New York skyline.  Martini even made something called the ““Giants Stadium Trolley Station” that included working trains and elevators because, well, why the hell not?

From NJ.com

Nothing prepares you when you walk through the door, because the words “model” and “replica” are insufficient to describe what Martini has constructed. It is 20 feet long and 17 feet wide. It was built with an attention to detail that, truth be told, the original architects never had.

Giants Stadium was deemed obsolete soon after it opened. It was torn down in 2010 after just 34 years of service, and in the years since, few have mourned its demolition. Martini did. He loved it enough to spend eight hours a day for nearly two full years rebuilding it, selling his antique car to clear the space.

But he didn’t stop at building a stadium. Martini painted the walls of the garage blue and hung autographed photos from each Super Bowl team. He built something he named “Giants Stadium Trolley Station,” with a working train and elevators, that would have alleviated hundreds of traffic jams had the Meadowlands planners thought of the same thing.

He added five Blue Angel fighter jets flying overhead, three cookie jars filled with blue-and-white M&Ms for the kids, a wall-sized photo of the New York skyline, even a stadium timeline and history lesson.

Check out video of Martini’s masterpiece…

The attention to detail is impressive, as is the number of man-hours and financial commitment Martini poured into his labor of love.  However, all that pales in comparison to the amount of understanding and patience exhibited by his wife Janice.  Two years, $20 grand, and the loss of any usable space in the garage is a lot to ask of someone trying to enjoy their golden years.

[picture via Jerry McCrea/The Star-Ledger]

 

About the author: Jeff Greenwell

 

Jeff Greenwell is the writer/editor of Last Angry Fan. Jeff has been known to rock a Speedo while belting out Robert Goulet tunes from his front porch, and in his spare time he enjoys capturing and training feral goats to be his minions. Also known to dig a nice brick of cheese from time to time.

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  • gadgetman1966

    What an idiot.
    Just another wacked out football fan.
    What a waste of money.

    • Super_Hero

       what a waste of his money, not yours.

    • Mike

      Hes an Idiot because he has a hobby??? 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6OMR4VVB3HWJZSQ4H4KLLBGORQ Douglas

      shut up

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1348104921 Michael Collins

       G-man…you’re a waste of space.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4RKIZWNDAZALUEGXJUL4Y2MCA4 MEL

    that man is awesome, the talent it takes to make something like that is beautiful. since i make furniture myself, i would love to meet and work with a person with the love and dedication as mr, martini.and at 75 what the hell, go for it.if it makes you happy and you can afford it, why not. enjoy it!

  • Patrick Michael

    Genius, pure genius!  And what a great use of a garage for something that serves no useful purpose whatsoever.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GPK6MMSELGAIAKFNYEAID4LMWI james p

    that’s kickass :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GPK6MMSELGAIAKFNYEAID4LMWI james p

    that’s really neat to look at.

  • Dolfan4ever

    Wow, That is awesome! I have a Miami Dolphin Fan Cave in my garage but this far exceeds anything I have done to this point.

  • http://twitter.com/TexXxas_Made Joe Kuykendall

    He’s the ultimate moocher. So he builds this thing in hope to grab the Giants’ attention so they’ll give him season tix? ….again, what a mooch! Nice job, but still a 20K moocher. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1348104921 Michael Collins

       He’s a fan….just shut up and keep your jealousy to yourself.

  • Patrick Oliver

    That is so cool Don!
    Go Giants!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1348104921 Michael Collins

     Look in the mirror to see the jackass.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1348104921 Michael Collins

     Lambeau Field.

 

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