Welcome to the first preseason game of the 2012 season at MetLife Stadium! Saturday night's game vs. the New York Giants at 7 p.m. is presented by MetLife and features the MetLife Bowl.
Here are a few details that you should know:
■ Ticket/parking pass forwarding and resell will be turned off at 1 p.m. on Saturday
■* *This week's game is the first preseason home game. Please be sure to bring Giants Game A parking pass and tickets.
■ Parking lots open at 2 p.m.
■ Will Call opens at 4 p.m. General Will Call is located at MetLife South Will Call and Suite Will Call is located at the trailer to the right of the VIP Suite entrance lane.
■ Stadium gates open at 5 p.m.
■ As a reminder, there is a fan walkway between the Pepsi and Bud Light gates allowing access all the way around the exterior of the stadium. Note that your ticket allows access to any stadium gate for entry.
■ Player warmups start at about 6 p.m.
■ Be at the gates by 6:15 p.m. to ensure you are in your seats by kickoff
■ The National Anthem will be performed by Cara Akselrad and at halftime the Junior Flight Crew Cheerleaders will perform and the NRG Solar Ring will be unveiled.
■ Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
This week's game is the MetLife Bowl, the annual preseason rivalry between your Jets and the Giants. The winning team will receive a $40,000 donation to a charity of its choice and the MetLife trophy for the remainder of the season while the other team will receive a $10,000 donation to a charity of its choice. The Jets will be playing for Trust for Public Land, the Giants for KaBoom!
Also new this season, a larger-than-life 8-foot-tall Snoopy Statue will reside in MetLife Central (formerly the West Great Hall) by the 50-yard bench. Fans are encouraged to meet there before games and give Snoopy a good-luck high-five before entering the stadium. We hope this can become a fun fan tradition!
NRG, the official energy partner of the New York Jets, will have a special activation outside the MetLife Gate starting at 2 p.m. featuring an alumni signing from 5:30-6:15 p.m. with Joe Klecko and Wayne Chrebet. Then during halftime, the Jets and NRG will unveil the new solar ring that encircles the 300-level — watch Klecko, Chrebet and NRG Solar CEO Tom Doyle "flip the switch" and see the magic that the state-of-the-art solar installation will create. With more than 1,300 solar panels installed around a mile of LED lights with infinite color-changing possibilities, the ring will bring a whole new energy to the game.
Our goal every game is to ensure you have an enjoyable and unforgettable gameday experience as well as a safe one. We are always on the lookout to keep your gameday safe and tackle bad behavior but we can use your help! To report an issue anonymously on gameday, text the word JETSto78247or call the Jets Guest Services Hotline at 201-559-1515.
One Car, One Spot Parking Policy
Tailgating is an exciting ritual on gameday and is permitted provided guests tailgate in the same space occupied by their vehicle. Please be courteous to your fellow fans — open parking spaces should not be used for tailgating. This season MetLife Stadium and the Jets will be actively monitoring all lots with additional security and patrols enforcing the One Car, One Spot policy.
Official Jets App
Take your gameday to the next level and download the official Jets App on your mobile phone for free! Get replays, roster and stats plus maps of the stadium and ability to report an issue. Visit www.newyorkjets.com/app to download.
When you sell tickets on NFL Ticket Exchange or forward them using Jets Account Manager, the original barcodes are canceled and new ones are issued immediately so there's only one set of valid tickets available at a time. If someone tries to get in using the original tickets with canceled barcodes, we'll flag your account and may suspend your selling and forwarding privileges while we investigate.
This is part of our aggressive efforts to protect season ticket holders and other Jets fans from ticket fraud and provide a great gameday experience. Please don't try to use your tickets or give them to friends or family after you've sold or forwarded them, and destroy them to make sure they don't get lost or stolen.
Remember: Once you sell or forward, shred 'em and forget 'em! For more information click here.
Take the Train to the Game
Whether you're coming from NYC, New Jersey, Rockland, Westchester, Long Island or even Connecticut, simply take transit to NYC Penn Station (transfer at Secaucus), Secaucus Junction or Hoboken Terminal. From these locations, connect to the Meadowlands Rail Line. The train station is located at the Train Gate, just steps from the stadium. Click here for more information.
There are three trains from NYC Penn Station in the first 15 minutes of each hour to Secaucus Junction. If you miss the trains in the first 15 minutes of the hour, the next train will typically not be available for 45 minutes, which is the start of the next hour. The Hoboken train runs about every 10 minutes to the stadium. PATH trains at 34th Street–Herald Square run about every 10 minutes from 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., then about every 20 minutes in the evening.
Note that the NJ Transit Schedule is subject to change. For more information click here.
Take the Bus to the Game
Another popular option is the Coach USA Bus Service, which offers the No. 351 direct bus service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal to the MetLife Sports Complex for all Jets home games. The 351 bus service will begin at 4 p.m. and will continue to run until 7:30 p.m. The 351 bus line will be operational for 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game. Dropoff and pickup at the stadium is located near Parking Lot K, same as the 2011 season. A roundtrip ticket costs $10 and a one-way ticket is $5 (exact change is required).
For more information click hereor call (800) 877-1888, Ext. 3.
Or park remotely
Need a place to park and don't have a season parking pass? Secaucus Park and Ride is located at 675 New County Road at Seaview Drive in Secaucus and costs $35/game — park your car, then hop on the NJ Transit train.Click here for more information on both options.
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE PLAZA
Don't forget, if you ever have a question, concern or comment about anything related to your game experience, look for a member of METLIFE STADIUM GUEST SERVICES or NEW YORK JETS CUSTOMER SERVICE who can either assist you on the spot or help you find someone who can.
Leave plenty of time to get to the game and explore the Plaza, which opens at 5 p.m.
Flight Crew: Check out the Flight Crew Cheerleaders at the following locations: on the Plaza from 5:25 p.m.–6:10 p.m., ESPN Radio tent and MetLife Central area.
Broadcasting: Come listen to 1050 ESPN New York's live pregame radio show with Don LaGreca and Greg Buttle beginning at 6 p.m. at the 1050 ESPN New York stage located between the MetLife and Verizon Gates.
Jets Tailgate Toss: Showcase your beanbag-tossing skills at the Jets beanbag toss sets near the Verizon Gate. And if you can't get enough, head to the Jets Shop Flagship Store to bring one home.
Jets Gear: Get the all new Nike jerseys and New Era caps at the Jets Shop Flagship Store adjacent to MetLife Central. The Jets Shop Item of the Week is the New Era Training Camp 3930 cap available in white, as you'll see it on the sidelines, and green – originally $30, but $25 on Saturday.
Tailgaters: Grill out with Weber/Lobel's as they make sandwiches to your liking near the Verizon Gate.
Tables & Chairs: Take a seat and enjoy the plaza with the green-colored tables and chairs scattered around.
Premio: Visit their trailer outside the Train Gate for some free sampling of Premio's quality sausages.
Home Food Advantage: This week's Home Food Advantage Item of the Week is the souvenir popcorn tub – originally $10, but $8 on Saturday.