really? i dont mind it i like going there actually.
It's a complete sh!thole since Live Nation bought it in the mid to late 90's.
Back when it was the Garden State Arts Center, it was a smaller facility and acted more like an outdoor version of NJPAC. It worked well then.
However, when Live Nation bought it, they renovated it to expand the permanent seating beyond the edges of the roof (dumb as hell idea) and they built up the lawn area to make it a huge hill. Here are my problems with it:
1) The lawn area isn't a lawn, it's dirt that is barely maintained and not given enough (rest) to regrow. When it rains its a mud sh!thole and Live Nation sells way too many tickets for that area so it becomes overcrowded very easy. Not only that but you have a good chunk of the entitled crowd where 4 people together spread out and take a space that could be occupied by 6 or 8
2) The parking lots suck. Unless you go real early and get a spot near the front, you will instead be lead to one of the tertiary parking lots that are a good hike from the actual venue. Not only that, but the entrance/exit setup sucks majorly and when the concert is over you hit major traffic, so always plan to stay after the concert for another hour
3) While Live Nation re-did the seating area, they didn't do much to expand the other facilities. Therefore you are stuck with facilities that were meant for the smaller, NJPAC-style venue they had back 20 years ago and so lines to concessions and bathrooms always suck.
4) It's an outdoor venue. I really dislike outdoor venues for concerts as you are always at the mercy of weather and the acoustics suck. I guess if you want to act like a drunken or high fool then I guess it wouldn't matter as much but if I spend $150+ on tickets I better damn well hear the music well.