Welcome to the 2010 New York Jets Inaugural Season! Sunday's game vs. the New England Patriots is Hispanic Heritage Day and is presented by El Diario/La Prensa and MasterCard. Here are a few details that you should know:
■ Ticket/parking pass forwarding and resell will be turned off at 10:15 a.m.
■ Parking lots open at 11:15 a.m.
■ Will Call opens at 1:15 p.m. General Will Call is located at West Gate 3, Suite Will Call at West Gate 2.
■ Stadium gates open at 1:15 p.m.
■ Kickoff is at 4:15 p.m.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Day
At Sunday's game, the Jets will celebrate Hispanic heritage with a variety of cultural entertainment, performances and activities. Listen to a salsa dura band featuring Ray Rodríguez and Swing Sabroso as you come off the train.
Check out the following activities and performances between the Pepsi and West Gates:
Be amazed by beautiful Colombian and Salvadoran folklorico dancers as well as a Peruvian dance group.
Watch cigar-rolling demonstrations by José Reyes of "Da la vieja Havana Cigars" every five minutes from 1-4 p.m.
View "La Rumberita," a traditional Colombian party bus.
Visit the Univision Street Team and Radio broadcast tents featuring WADO 1280 AM Radio and Deejay X 96.3 FM and 92.7 FM Radio, with special guest AJ el Kallejero from el Detox Party on 96.3 FM. All will be hyping up the crowd, giving away prizes and interacting with you.
Enjoy the In-stadium Performances
Make sure to head into the stadium early to watch the players take the field and then listen to Adrienne Bailon, former member of girl groups 3LW and The Cheetah Girls, perform the National Anthem. And also stay in your seats during halftime to watch the live performance of NOTA, the 2009 winners of NBC's a cappella battle of voices, "The Sing-off." NOTA is an all-male sextet from San Juan, Puerto Rico, who sing in harmony to a beat that includes Latin, R&B, pop and fusion jazz.
"The Marriage Ref" is Looking for Jets Fans
"The Marriage Ref," NBC's comedy panel show where celebrities help squabbling couples make peace, and their casting team are searching the country for outgoing and opinionated married couples that have a long-standing argument or issue that must be resolved. Created by Jerry Seinfeld, this is relationship advice ... with a comic twist. Tell them why you absolutely need a Marriage Ref to weigh in and proclaim, once and for all, who is right and who is wrong. Tell them your story and you might just get the chance to state your case on TV in front of your favorite celebrities! If this sounds like you or someone you know, swing by their location near the West Gate to learn more and to sign up. Note that Jerry Seinfeld and Tom Papa will not be at this casting session.
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 MetLife gate, just steps from the stadium. Click herefor more information.
Continue to take the bus
Another popular option is the NJ Transit Direct Bus Service, which offers the No. 351 direct bus service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal to the Meadowlands Sports Complex for all Jets home games. Use the GAMEDAY pass for this transit option, too (kids-ride-free offer does not apply).
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/game — 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 $25/game, which includes parking and transportation. For more information on both options, click here.
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE NEW 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 the NEW MEADOWLANDS STADIUM GUEST SERVICES OR NEW YORK JETS CUSTOMER SERVICE who can either assist you on the spot or help you find someone who can.
Pregame:Leave plenty of time to get to the game and explore the brand new 350,000-square-foot plaza area between the stadium and entry gates, which opens at 1:15 p.m.
Photos: Explore the plaza area and find the Jets gameday photographer to get your picture taken and displayed on the Pylons (the videoboards at the entry gates) and posted on newyorkjets.com.
Tables & Chairs: Take a seat and enjoy the plaza, with the new green-colored tables and chairs scattered around.
Don Maynard Book Signing: Visit the MetLife corner to meet Don Maynard and have him sign his new book, "You Can't Catch Sunshine," from 1:30-2:45 p.m.
FanVision: Look out for the FanVision ambassadors who will be walking around the parking lots and located in the plaza between the Verizon and West Gates to debut the brand new in-stadium device that takes the gameday experience to a whole new level. To learn more and to purchase, visit the Jets Shop Flagship Store powered by Reebok adjacent to the West Great Hall.
Bud Light Corner:Enjoy the railgating experience at the Bud Light gate while listening to the band Darik & the Funbags* *perform from 1:30-4 p.m.
MetLife Central:Visit the MetLife Central Corner to sign up for your Countdown Card, collect giveaways and meet Jets alumni and MetLife's Snoopy.
Verizon Corner: Connect with other fans and explore the array of Wireless and FiOS products with chances to win great giveaways. And on the Verizon stage, come listen to DJ Riz from 2:30-3:30 p.m. followed by Trailer Choir from 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Pepsi Corner: Swing by the Pepsi gate on your way in or your way out for some Pepsi Max sampling.
Jets Gear: Get your green on at the new Jets Shop Flagship Store powered by Reebok adjacent to the West Great Hall.
Tailgaters: Grill out with Weber/Lobel's as they make sandwiches to your liking in Lot G and in the Bud Light corner.
Premio: Sample food from Premio at their food trailer outside in the parking lots.
Wise Crunch Crew: Pick up some free Wise chips outside the West Gate in the parking lot.
NJ Lottery: Stop by the New Jersey Lottery ticket trailer outside of the West Gate and purchase your 2010 Jets Instant Ticket. You could win Jets Season Tickets for 10 years and up to $100,000 in cash prizes!
On Display: Check out the latest Toyota vehicles on display throughout the plaza area.
Broadcasting: Come listen to 1050 ESPN New York's live pregame radio show with Greg Buttle and Don LaGreca beginning at 2 p.m. at the 1050 ESPN New York stage located between the West and Verizon Gates.
Generation Jets Fest: Bring your kids to Generation Jets Fest located between the Verizon and MetLife Gates.
Flight Crew: Stop in the Jets Shop Flagship Store powered by Reebok to meet members of the Jets Flight Crew, who will be signing the brand new 2011 Flight Crew Swimsuit Calendar from 2:15-3 p.m.
Ping-Pong: Showcase your Ping-Pong skills at four tables set up between the MetLife Gate and Bud Light corner.
Chess: Play a game of chess against grandmaster Maurice Ashley, who will be set up and ready to take on all comers starting at 1:15 p.m. If you would like to reserve a spot ahead of time, contact the Marshall Chess Club at (212) 477-3716.
3-D Art: Renowned "illusionistic" artist Kurt Wenner has created a 3-D image commemorating Curtis Martin's 100th career touchdown. Come take a photo with the artwork near the West gate.
Barclay's Jets Extra Points Credit Card:Walk around the plaza between Verizon and MetLife Gates and Pepsi and West Gates to learn more and sign up for the new Jets Extra Points credit card. Use the card and earn Jets rewards redeemable for great Jets experiences and merchandise.
Gatorade Jr. Training Camp Field: Come to the turf field outside of the Jets Shop Flagship Store powered by Reebok and participate in football skills drills. Play like a Jet!
National Anthem: Adrienne Bailon
Halftime Show: NOTA
Fans, for your viewing pleasure, here's what you'll see this week on the giant Pylon Video LED boards around the stadium: SNY —Jets Gameplan, Jets Television Network — Jets Huddle and Jets Flight Plan, NFL RedZone channel.
Don't forget to wear your Jets gear to make the stadium bleed green, and remind the Patriots that you are the 12th man.
Bring the noise and welcome back the air raid siren on defense!
For those in the Clubs and Suites, enjoy some Jets Uncorked limited-release 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, available for purchase. And for all Jets fans, visit newyorkjets.com/uncorked to uncork your own.