Title: HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL EXPERIENCE ON SUNDAY
Welcome to the 2010 New York Jets Inaugural Season! Sunday's game vs. the Green Bay Packers is presented by Toyota, celebrates Halloween and honors ALR Lupus Awareness Day. Here are a few details that you should know:
■ Ticket/parking pass forwarding and resell will be turned off on Saturday, Oct. 30, at midnight.
■ Parking lots open at 8 a.m.
■ Will Call opens at 10 a.m. General Will Call is located at West Gate 3, Suite Will Call at West Gate 2.
■ Stadium gates open at 10 a.m.
■ Kickoff is at 1 p.m.
Trick or Treat
New Meadowlands Stadium will be decorated and ready for Halloween. Bring your kids to a festive Halloween celebration on the Plaza located between the Stadium and the gates to do some trick-or-treating before you head into the game. We encourage kids to wear their costumes and trick-or-treat from 10–11:45 a.m. (while supplies last).
Kids can start the trail by picking fup a Halloween bag courtesy of Verizon and MetLife at the Generation Jets Fest located near the Pepsi Gate. Follow the trail around the Plaza and stop at the six stations marked by Halloween decorations and outlined on the Plaza map for some treats! And then after they've collected their candy, bring them to the MetLife Corner on the East side of the Stadium beginning at 11:40 a.m. for a Halloween costume party and parade with Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang. Winners of the parade will enjoy exciting prizes, including a chance to go on the field with the Peanuts characters at halftime!
Celebrate ALR Lupus Awareness Day
At the game, the Jets along with the Alliance for Lupus Research and the Atlantic Health Jets Women's Organization will support ALR Lupus Awareness Day with a splash of purple. Look out for purple on the videoboards around the stadium. There will also be collection areas as you enter the stadium if you would like to make a donation to the ALR Research Fund — 100 percent of all donations made go directly to support lupus research programs. And the first 7,000 people to donate will get a purple lupus awareness bracelet to help support this important cause!
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 here for 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 football 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.*Click here for more information on both options. *
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 10 a.m.
Pro Bowl Balloting: Send your favorite Jets players to Hawaii for the 2011 Pro Bowl by stopping by the Pro Bowl tent located near the West Gate. Jets Flight Crew cheerleaders will be there to greet you and computers will be set up so you can cast your vote, or Vote Now for Your Favorite Jets.
Photos: Explore the plaza area and find the Jets gameday photographer to get your picture taken and displayed on the Pylons, a.k.a. videoboards, at the entry gates and posted on newyorkjets.com. Or take your own photo on gameday while at the Stadium and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 a.m. for a chance to be seen on the Pylons!
Mountain Bike All-Star Stunt Show: Come watch world-famous riders and New Jersey natives Jeff Lenosky, Aaron Chase and Chris Clark perform aerial stunts and ride their bikes on obstacles you never imagined to be possible at the Gatorade Jr. Training Camp Field from f a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Burger: At 12 noon, come over to the Brooklyn Burger eating contest at the Pepsi gate and see which Jets fan can eat the most burgers. And if you're feeling up for the challenge, go over at 11 a.m. to sign up to be a part of the contest.
Chase Freedom Zone: Find the Chase Freedom Zone set up between the West and Verizon Gates where there will be TVs featuring NFL pregame shows as well as a quarterback challenge drill and a photo station that will allow you and your guests to get a free photo, compliments of Chase.
Bud Light Corner: Enjoy the railgating experience at the Bud Light gate along with Jets Flight Crew cheerleaders while listening to DJ Prime at 10 a.m. followed by the band A True Story.
MetLife Central: Visit the MetLife Corner for a special Halloween celebration including a costume contest at 11:40 a.m. where the winners will go on-field at halftime with the Peanuts characters! There will also be face painting, a chance to meet Peanuts characters Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy and Linus, and Jets alumnus Glenn Foley signing at 12 noon.
Verizon Corner: Connect with other fans and explore the array of Wireless and FiOS products with chances to win great giveaways.
Pepsi Corner: Swing by the Pepsi gate on your way in for some Pepsi sampling and on your way out for some Pepsi Max sampling.
Waste Management Bagster: Learn about Waste Management's Bagster® bag outside the Plaza between the West and Pepsi Gates and watch product demonstrations on how this bag can make it easy to clean up do-it-yourself or small remodeling projects.
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: Grab a sausage at Premio's food trailer located near the Verizon Gate.
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 and Lexus 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 11 a.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 next to the Gatorade Jr. Training Camp Field next to the West Gate.
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 11:05–11:50 a.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 grandmasters Robert Hess and Maurice Ashley, who will be set up and ready to take on all comers starting at 10 a.m.
3-D Art: Renowned "illusionistic" artist Kurt Wenner has created a 3-D image commemorating Curtis Martin's 100th career touchdown. Take a photo with the artwork near the West gate.
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!
Quarterback Challenge: Test out your quarterback skills at the QB football targets located between the Verizon and MetLife Gates.
Toyota presents Mark & Me:Find Mark Sanchez in front of the Toyota Coaches Club and make your own photos with the Jets QB. The next best thing to hanging out with Sanchez is having a picture that makes it look like you did.
Jets Newsroom: Read Sunday's newspapers and this week's sports magazines at the Jets Newsroom located between the Jets Shop Flagship Store powered by Reebok and the West Great Hall.
Tables & Chairs: Take a seat and enjoy the plaza with the new green-colored tables and chairs scattered around.
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 and MetLife and East Gates. To learn more and to purchase, visit the Jets Shop Flagship Store powered by Reebok adjacent to the West Great Hall.
National Anthem: Toni Braxton
Halftime Show: Local youth football & Peanuts characters parade.
The Jets celebrate Halloween by adding in Halloween flair during player introductions and on the videoboards, including spooky clips from your favorite Halloween movies.
This week's halftime show will start off with Snoopy and the Peanuts characters parading alongside the winner of the MetLife kids' Halloween costume contest. Then four local youth football teams will take the field to show off their football skills.
To enhance your Jets gameday experience, the Jets have partnered with Sportvision to make the massive videoboards even more exciting. Watch for the new Jets first-down line, a down-and-distance marker just like your broadcast at home, and additional player tracking that you won't get on your TV at home.
Stop by the Jets Shop Flagship Store powered by Reebok or any other permanent Jets Shop stores in the Stadium to purchase FanVision — the in-stadium handheld device that takes the gameday experience to a whole new level. You can view instant replays, listen to the radio broadcast, watch the game from different angles, and pull up stats on any of your favorite players.
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.