New York Jets football is back! The 2012 regular-season home opener is finally here and we're counting on you to help fuel the Jets. Sunday afternoon's game vs. the Buffalo Bills at 1 p.m. is presented by JetBlue, PrimeSport and Toyota.
Dust off your grill, grab your favorite Green & White gear, paint your face and start practicing your loudest J-E-T-S chant. Come celebrate Curtis Martin, Jets great and 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, and wave your free rally towel in the stands to show your support. Don't miss out on all the opening-day action — be sure to get in your seats early for player introductions, a full-field American flag and the National Anthem performed by Glee star Jenna Ushkowitz. This is a game that you won't want to miss from start to finish!
Just remember: Get in early. Get LOUD. Get ready to kick off the 2012 season.
Here are a few details that you should know:
■ This game is the first regular-season home game. Please be sure to bring Bills Game 1 parking pass and tickets.
■ Parking lots open at 8 a.m.
■ Will Call opens at 10 a.m. General Will Call is located at MetLife South Will Call and Suite Will Call is located to the right of General Will Call, at the trailer adjacent to the Club/Suite entrance lane.
■ Stadium gates open at 11 a.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 12 p.m.
■ Be at the gates by 12:15 p.m. to ensure you are in your seats by kickoff.
■ The National Anthem will be performed by Jenna Ushkowitz from Glee and halftime will feature a special ceremony for Curtis Martin, including the retirement of his jersey, number 28.
■ Kickoff is at 1 p.m.
Curtis Martin Day presented by JetBlue, PrimeSport and Toyota
Jets great and Hall of Fame inductee Curtis Martin will be honored in front of thousands of his fans on Sunday. When the gates open at 11 a.m., head in the Train Gate and check out Curtis' official bust flown in from Canton and grab some photos! Curtis' Hall of Fame celebration continues on with the retirement of his jersey, number 28, during a special halftime ceremony. To help showcase your pride, make sure you pick up a free rally towel at the gates upon entry (subject to availability). Plus, check out the videoboards throughout the game to catch special tributes from Jets fans congratulating Curtis.
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 in bright green vests 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 10 a.m. and will continue to run until 1:30 p.m. from Gate 207. 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? Two popular independently run parking alternatives are Secaucus Park & Ride and Murray Hill Parkway. Secaucus Park and Ride is located at 675 New County Rd. at Seaview Drive in Secaucus and costs $20 on Sunday, $28 on weeknights and $165 for 8 game passes — park your car, then hop on the NJ Transit train. Or use Murray Hill Parkway's satellite parking, off of Paterson Plank Road and Union Avenue in East Rutherford. The parking lot opens four hours prior to kickoff and closes one hour after the game ends and costs $35/game, which includes parking and transportation. Tailgating is permitted. The bus dropoff/pickup location on the MetLife Sports Complex is located in Lot G near the Pepsi Gate. 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 11 a.m.
MetLife Central:Visit the reinvented MetLife Central on the west side of the stadium located through the new official MetLife Gate. Before coming to the stadium visit metlifecentral.com and sign up for the MetLife Countdown Card or download MetLife Pocket Pass app for Android and iPhone. If you don't download before gameday, just pick up your card at the stadium or download on site! With the MetLife Countdown Card or Pocket Pass you will have an all-access pass to MetLife Central on gameday! Test your football skills on the MetLife turf field, be eligible to win once-in-a-lifetime prizes, greet Jets alumni and meet Snoopy. Be sure to visit MetLife Central so you don't miss out on these exciting pregame experiences!
Verizon Corner:Visit the Verizon Studio all season long in the Verizon Corner to experience the latest devices and technology from Verizon and enter for a chance to win amazing Jets prizes. Did you get your free Jets T-shirt in the Verizon Studio yet this season? Bring the coupon you received with your season tickets and redeem your premium season ticket holder Jets Verizon T-shirt at the Verizon Studio on the 100-level concourse. Don't forget to follow the Jets with FiOS Internet and NFL Mobile, only from Verizon!
Bud Light: Come listen to great music by The Replicants and DJ Prime from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Bud Light stage. Don't forget to stop by the Bud Light Beer Garden to witness the preliminary round of the Bud Light Carne Asada tailgate cookoff contest. Contestants have a chance to win a trip to the Bud Light Hotel in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII.
Flight Crew: Check out the Flight Crew Cheerleaders from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at the ESPN Radio tent, the large Toyota display right inside the MetLife Gate, and the Kumho Tires activation area and see the Show Team perform at the Verizon stage.
Broadcasting:Come listen to the ESPN New York 98.7 FM live pregame radio show with Don LaGreca and Greg Buttle beginning at 11 a.m. at the ESPN New York 98.7 FM stage located between the MetLife and Verizon Gates.
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 5950 Sideline Cap, originally $35, Sunday $30.
Home Food Advantage: This week's Home Food Advantage Item of the Week is the Nachos Grande, originally $10, Sunday $7.50.
Toyota:Check out the Toyota vehicle displays on the plaza around the stadium for information on the vehicles displayed and free merchandise. Don't miss members of the Flight Crew at the large Toyota display at the MetLife Gate at 11:30 a.m. and get a photo or autograph!
The Record: Be sure to visit The Record tent in Parking Lot F to purchase your Sunday paper and receive a collectable Jets player poster. This week's player on the poster is Nick Mangold.
Super Bowl XLVIII: Look for the Super Bowl Host Committee in the parking lots who will be searching for volunteers for when MetLife Stadium hosts the 2014 Super Bowl! To read more on the big game, visit nynjsuperbowl.com.
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.