Welcome back to Jets football at New Meadowlands Stadium! Sunday's game vs. the Cincinnati Bengals kicks off at 7 p.m. and celebrates USA Football Youth Appreciation. Come early and cheer on your team as the Green & White play their first home preseason game of the year! Here are a few details that you should know:
■ Ticket/parking pass forwarding and resell will be turned off at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
■ Parking lots open at 2 p.m.
■ Stadium gates open at 5 p.m.
■ Will Call opens at 4 p.m. General Will Call is located at West Gate 3, Suite Will Call at West Gate 2
■ Player warmups start at about 6 p.m.
■ Pre-kickoff festivities start at 6:50 p.m. The National Anthem is being performed by Ready in 10 lead singer Sal Nastasi
■ Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
■ Halftime show features two youth football games: Ramsey vs. Florham Park and Wantagh vs. Plainedge
USA Football Youth Appreciation
The New York Jets, the NFL and USA Football will celebrate Youth Football Appreciation at Sunday's game. We encourage all kids attending the game to wear your youth football team jersey or your school's jersey. During halftime, four local youth football teams will take the field to show off their skills, so stay in your seats during halftime and root on the teams!
Be a Good Sport
Being a Good Sport means respecting fellow fans, drinking responsibly and using a designated driver. Fans 21 and older can pledge to be a designated driver at Bud Light Good Sport Designated Driver booths located by the Pepsi, Verizon, MetLife and West gates as well as at all guest relations booths. Those who sign up will receive a complimentary soda voucher and a chance to win great prizes. When you enjoy alcohol responsibly and make a designated driver part of your game plan, everyone wins.
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!
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 6:11 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.
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 Meadowlands 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 Lot K, same as the 2010 season. A roundtrip ticket costs $10 and a one-way ticket is $5 (exact change is required).
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 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.
Leave plenty of time to get to the game and explore the Plaza, which opens at 5 p.m.
Broadcasting: Come listen to 1050 ESPN New York's live pregame radio show with Ray Lucas and Don LaGreca beginning at 6 p.m. at the 1050 ESPN New York stage located between the West and Verizon gates.
Jets Tailgate Toss: New for the 2011 season, showcase your bean-bag tossing skills at the Jets Cornhole sets near the Verizon gate.
MetLife Central: Visit the MetLife Central Corner to sign up for your Countdown Card, collect giveaways, and meet MetLife's Snoopy.
Verizon Corner: Connect with other fans and explore the array of Wireless and FiOS products with chances to win great giveaways.
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. Jets alum Randy Beverly will be signing autographs and the Flight Crew Cheerleaders will stop by for autographs and photos as well.
Jets Gear: Get your green on at the Jets Shop Flagship Store powered by Reebok adjacent to the West Great Hall. The new 2011 sideline collection is now available so make sure to head in and check it out.
Flight Crew Calendar: The 2012 Flight Crew Cheerleader Calendar has just been released. Come by the Jets Shop Flagship Store at 5:30 p.m. to purchase your calendar, meet the squad and get your calendar signed.
Tailgaters: Grill out with Weber/Lobel's as they make sandwiches to your liking near the Verizon Gate.
Gatorade Jr. Training Camp Field: Come to the turf field outside the Jets Shop Flagship Store powered by Reebok and watch the youth football teams warm up for their game during halftime.
Quarterback Throw: Test your skills and play like Mark Sanchez at the quarterback target next to the Gatorade Jr. Training Camp Field.
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. To learn more and to purchase, visit the Jets Shop Flagship Store powered by Reebok adjacent to the West Great Hall.
Premio: Visit their trailer outside the West Gate for some free sampling of Premio's quality sausages.
Kumho Tires: Check out the Kumho Tires exhibit outside the West Gate, which features a 30-inch tire display and giveaways.
Bio Force Pro: Find out more about the Bio Force Pro home gym system as the experts demonstrate this dynamic system between the West Gate and the Gatorade turf field.
National Anthem: Sal Nastasi, Ready in 10 lead singer
Halftime Show: Youth football games: Ramsey vs. Florham Park and Wantagh vs. Plainedge
Be sure to use your smartphone on gameday to scan the QR code on the back of your ticket to find out this week's day of game special offer!
Stop by the Jets Shop Flagship Store powered by Reebok or any other permanent Jets Shop stores in the stadium to check out new gear for the 2011 season.
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.