Welcome to Jets football at MetLife Stadium! This Sunday's game vs. the San Diego Chargers is presented by JetBlue, supports Lupus Awareness benefiting ALR and features Fan Appreciation Day. Here are a few details that you should know:
■ Ticket/parking pass printing, forwarding and resell will be turned off at midnight on Saturday, Oct. 22.
■* This week's game is the fourth regular-season home game. Please be sure to bring Chargers Game #4 parking pass and tickets.*
■ 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 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.
■ We expect a sellout crowd. Be at gates by 12:15 to ensure you are in your seats by kickoff.
■ The National Anthem will be performed by Gil Ramos, the 2011 National Anthem contest winner.
■ Kickoff is at 1 p.m.
Lupus Awareness Benefiting ALR
The Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) and the Atlantic Health Jets Women's Organization (AHJWO) will host Lupus Awareness Day benefiting ALR. Prior to kickoff AHJWO members, along with ALR staff and volunteers, will distribute purple ALR-branded reusable shopping bags and collect donations from fans entering the stadium gates. In addition, the ALR and the Jets are encouraging fans to text LUPUS to 85944 to donate $10 to support lupus research.
Fan Appreciation Day
On Sunday we are thanking you, the fan, and celebrating our annual Fan Appreciation Day with an exciting lineup of contests, giveaways and activities. 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 A&P, Bud Light, Dunkin Donuts, Gatorade, JetBlue, Jets Shop, Kumho Tires, MetLife, NYSC, Papa John's, Party City, Pepsi, Sports Authority and Wendy's. If you're lucky, you may be a winner of one of these fabulous prizes!
Also, there will be an early celebration for Halloween. Kids can take part in the Trick-or-Treat Trail from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the Plaza. Kids can start the trail by picking up a Halloween bag courtesy of MetLife and Verizon at the West or Verizon Gates (while supplies last). Follow the pumpkin trail around the Plaza and stop at the six stations marked by Halloween decorations for some treats! Don't forget to stop at the MetLife stage at the West Gate at 12:15 p.m. for a Halloween costume contest with Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang. Winners of the costume contest will enjoy exciting prizes, including a chance to go on field with the Peanuts characters at halftime. While there, make sure to check out "The Great Pumpkin," weighing in at over a ton!
To Report an Issue on Gameday
Send a text message to 78247, type the word JETS followed by a space, the issue and the location. Or call the Jets Guest Services Hotline at 201-559-1515.
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.
■ We're taking on the San Diego Chargers on the field AND in our head-to-head Designated Driver Challenge this season. If you are 21 or older, pledge to be a DD at a Good Sport booth at the game. You'll help us earn six DD challenge points and ensure your friends get home safely — everybody wins. Or let us know that you "like" this program — we get a point per click. More details can be found at FansDontLetFansDriveDrunk.org.
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 11:55 a.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 9:30 a.m. and will continue to run until 1:30 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 Parking 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 $30/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 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 am.
Broadcasting: Come listen to 1050 ESPN New York's live pregame radio show beginning at 11:00 am at the 1050 ESPN New York stage located between the West and Verizon Gates.
MetLife Central:MetLife Stadium now features MetLife Central at the West Gate, the main entrance of the stadium. Test your football skills on the MetLife Youth Football Field if you're up for a challenge. Sign up for your Countdown Card to be eligible for once-in-a-lifetime prizes, meet Jets alumni, collect giveaways and meet MetLife's Snoopy. Be sure to visit MetLife Central when you enter the stadium so you don't miss out on these exciting experiences!
Jets Tailgate Toss: New for the 2011 season, showcase your beanbag-tossing skills at the Jets beanbag toss sets near the Verizon Gate. And if you can't get enough, head to the Jets Shop Flagship Store powered by Reebok to bring one home.
Verizon Corner: Connect with other fans and explore the array of Wireless and FiOS products with chances to win great giveaways.
Bud Light Corner: Enjoy the railgating experience in the Bud Light area while listening to the band Green Machine. For more information about the band, visit greenmachineband.com.
Beer Garden: Before you enter the stadium* *enjoy $5 domestic Bud and Bud Light draft beers sponsored by Bud Light, located outside of the stadium by the train.
Chase Freedom Zone: Find the Chase Freedom® Zone between the West and Verizon Gates, where you can tackle a football obstacle course as well as a quarterback challenge drill.
Jets Gear: Get your green on at the Jets Shop Flagship Store powered by Reebok adjacent to the West Great Hall. This week's item of the game is $10 off any Retro Sport Hoodie, available at all Jets Shop locations.
Flight Crew Calendar: The 2012 Flight Crew Cheerleader Calendar has just been released. Come by the Jets Shop Flagship Store from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 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.
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.
New Food Items: Come check out the new gluten-free organic food stands located in the West Great Hall:
■ Gluten Free Grill: burgers, sausages, hot dogs and beer
■ Organic Food Cart: beef hot dogs with organic toppings, Lipton naturals teas and fruit
■ Nacho Grande Portable: loaded nacho trays, beer and soft drinks
■ Food Network Stands: New York Style and pub style brisket sandwiches, loaded pastrami fries and buffalo mac & cheese
Premio: Visit their trailer outside the West Gate for some free sampling of Premio's quality sausages.
Home Food Advantage: The food item of the week is Nonna Fusco's Meatball Sandwich for $9.00 (regular price $10.00) available at all Nonna Fusco's locations.
Kumho Tires: Check out the Kumho Tires exhibit outside the West Gate, which features a 30-inch tire display and giveaways.
National Anthem:Gil Ramos,* *the 2011 National Anthem contest winner
Halftime: Quarterback Throwing Contest.
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!