Welcome to the 2010 New York Jets Inaugural Season at New Meadowlands Stadium! Sunday's game vs. the Miami Dolphins celebrates the 3rd annual Fan Appreciation Day and is presented by JetBlue. Here are a few details that you should know:
■ Ticket/parking pass forwarding and resell will be turned off at 10 a.m.
■ Parking lots open at 11:15 a.m.
■ Will Call opens at 2:15 p.m. General Will Call is located at West Gate 3, Suite Will Call at West Gate 2.
■ Stadium gates open at 2:15 p.m. IMPORTANT CHANGE for this game: Gates will open 2 hours prior to kickoff versus the previous 3-hour open time.
■ Player warmups start at about 3 p.m.
■ Pre-kickoff festivities start at 3:50 p.m. The National Anthem is being performed by legendary saxophonist Clarence Clemons.
■ Kickoff is at 4:15 p.m.
■ Halftime show features both a Fan Field Goal Kicking Contest and a Football Throw Contest.
Introducing "The Green Hour"
As part of Fan Appreciation Day, we are happy to bring you "The Green Hour" – for the first hour after the gates open, from 2:15-3:15 p.m., enjoy 25% off all food and non-alcoholic beverages at any concessions stand at the Stadium! Come into the Stadium early and relax in your seat to watch NFL RedZone on all four videoboards starting when gates open at 2:15 p.m.
Thank You, Fans
On Sunday we are happy to be celebrating the 3rd annual Fan Appreciation Day, with an exciting lineup of contests, giveaways and activities. The centerpieces of the day are two halftime contests. The Field Goal Kicking Contest, winner of the fan poll for the desired halftime entertainment, will feature five fans attempting three kicks each. The first-place prize is a trip for two to The Mill Resort & Suites in Aruba for seven days including two JetBlue round-trip tickets. And the grand prize is a chance to kick for two Jets season tickets for five years! The Football Throw Contest will take the first 50 fans to vote at the Pro Bowl tent at the West Gate, with the first-place prize winner getting a trip for two to The Radisson Aruba Resort for four days, also including two JetBlue round-trip tickets.
Giveaways will be presented all game, some going to lucky seats, some to lucky rows and some even to a lucky section. Look for these prizes courtesy of Verizon, FanVision, NYSC, Sports Authority, Pepsi, Canon, Gatorade, MasterCard, Dunkin Donuts, Wendy's, Papa John's, Hess, MetLife, Bud Light, Yingli, SNY and the Jets. If you're lucky you may be a winner of one of these fabulous prizes!
Touchdown for Tots Toy Drive
The New York Jets in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program and A-1 First Class-Viking Moving and Storage host the annual Touchdown for Tots Toy Drive. So in the holiday spirit we encourage you to bring new, unwrapped toys and donate them at any gate upon entering the Stadium to help support this great cause benefiting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.
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**.
For Sunday's game, the last train to arrive in time for kickoff departs from NYC Penn Station at 3:15 p.m.
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.
Continue to take the bus
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 Meadowlands Sports Complex for all Jets home football games. The 351 bus service will begin at 1:45 p.m. and will continue to run until 4:45 p.m. The 351 bus line will be operational for approximately two hours following the conclusion of the game. Drop-off and pick-up at the Stadium is located near Parking Lot K. A round-trip ticket costs $10 and a one-way ticket is $5.* ***For more information, click here** or 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/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 2:15 p.m.
Pro Bowl Balloting: Last chance to send your favorite Jets players to Hawaii for the 2011 Pro Bowl as voting ends on Dec. 20, so swing over to the Pro Bowl tent located near the West Gate.
The FIRST 50 people to vote at the game will go on field at halftime and compete in a Nerf football throw contest. And the winner will enjoy a trip for two to The Radisson Aruba Resort for 4 nights and JetBlue round-trip airfare!
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 2 p.m. for a chance to be seen on the Pylons!
Pepsi: Swing by the Pepsi gate on your way in and out for some Pepsi Max sampling.
Bud Light Corner: Enjoy the railgating experience at the Bud Light Gate along with Jets Flight Crew cheerleaders while listening to DJ Prime at 2:15 p.m. followed by the band A True Story.
MetLife Central: Visit the MetLife Central Corner to sign up for your Countdown Card, collect giveaways, meet MetLife's Snoopy and for a special alumni signing with Wayne Chrebet scheduled to appear from 3-3:45 p.m.
Verizon Corner: Connect with other fans and explore the array of Wireless and FiOS products with chances to win great giveaways.
Papa John's: On your way out make sure to pick up a coupon courtesy of Papa John's for one large one-topping pizza for $6.99 and two large one-topping pizzas for $5.99 each.
Party City:Come over the Party City area between the Pepsi and West Gates for giveaways and face painting.
Chase Freedom Zone: Find the Chase Freedom Zone set up between the West and Verizon Gates where you can participate in a football obstacle course as well as a quarterback challenge drill. Get your free gameday photo at the photo station and come for a chance to meet members of the Jets Flight Crew and a Jets alumni player.
High Striker: Test your strength against your friends to see how you measure up against Jets players at the West Gate.
Jets Gear: Get your green on at the new Jets Shop Flagship Store powered by Reebok adjacent to the West Great Hall. The Jets Shop Item of the Week is all First Season Tees. So swing by any Jets Shop locations and pick one up for $10 (original price is $30).
Home Food Advantage: For the Home Food Advantage Item of the Week, go to any Franks Stand and purchase 2 hot dogs and receive 2 free bags of Wise Chips, a $17 value for only $11.
Tailgaters: Grill out with Weber/Lobel's as they make sandwiches to your liking in Lot G and in the Bud Light corner.
Wise Crunch Crew: Pick up some free Wise chips outside the West Gate in the parking lot.
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 2:15 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 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 2:20-3:05 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 grandmasters Robert Hess and Maurice Ashley, who will be set up and ready to take on all comers starting at 2:15 p.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 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 take your own photos with Mark. The next best thing to hanging out with the Jets QB is having a picture that makes it look like you did.
Tables & Chairs: Take a seat and enjoy the plaza with the green-colored tables and chairs scattered around.
FanVision: Look for the FanVision ambassadors, who will be walking around the parking lots and located in the Plaza near the West Gate. To learn more and to purchase, visit the Jets Shop Flagship Store powered by Reebok adjacent to the West Great Hall.
National Anthem: Clarence Clemons
Halftime Show: Fan Field Goal Kicking Contest & Football Throw Contest
The New York Jets Flight Crew will salute the crowd with their Fan Appreciation Dance and messages from Jets players will be played on the videoboards throughout the game thanking the fans for their dedication and spirit. Also in the mix will be special season's greetings messages.
To enhance your Jets gameday experience, the Jets have partnered with Sportvision to make the massive videoboards even more exciting. Look for the new Jets first down line, a down-and-distance marker just like on your broadcast at home, and additional player tracking that you won't get on your TV.
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 **www.newyorkjets.com/uncorked** to uncork your own and toast the Holiday season.