Welcome to Jets football at MetLife Stadium! This Sunday night's game vs. the New England Patriots is presented by Toyota and features Military Appreciation Day. Here are a few details that you should know:
■ Ticket/parking pass printing, forwarding and resell will be turned off at 2:20 p.m. on Sunday
■* This week's game is the fifth regular-season home game. Please be sure to bring Patriots Game #5 parking pass and tickets.*
■ Parking lots open at 3:20 p.m.
■ Will Call opens at 5:20 p.m. General Will Call is located at West Gate 3, Suite Will Call at West Gate 2.
■ Stadium gates open at 6:20 p.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 7:15 p.m.
■ We expect a sellout crowd. Be at gates by 7:45 p.m. to ensure you are in your seats by kickoff.
■ Be in your seats by 8 p.m. so you don't miss a special patriotic medley performed by the U.S. Coast Guard Choir, which will also sing the National Anthem.
■ Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m.
NFL For Her Lounge
Combine the NFL For Her Lounge with a thrilling home matchup against the Jets' fiercest AFC East rivals, and it's a night of football and fun you won't want to miss. The NFL For Her Lounge heated tent, featuring gear and accessories just for women, is located on the Plaza near the Verizon Gate and is open from 6:20 p.m. through the first half of the game. Personal stylists will be offering their assistance to help fans find the newest Jets gear made just for women featuring Reebok, PINK, Touch by Alyssa Milano, Real Indigo Denim, Cuce Boots and Anastasio Moda Handbags.
Fans can treat themselves to a complimentary manicure while listening to a DJ and enjoying complimentary non-alcoholic refreshments. Plus, an Anastasio Moda handbag will be raffled off to one lucky fan, with a retail value of $1,000, so don't forget to pick up your raffle ticket. Suzanne Johnson, NFL For Her ambassador and wife of Jets owner Woody Johnson, and the Flight Crew Cheerleaders will also be there mingling with fans. (Flight Crew meet-and-greet is from 6:55-7:40 p.m.)
Home Field Advantage
Prior to player introductions, be prepared to get loud for the players. They want to hear the stadium rockin' from the locker room before they take the field!
Military Appreciation Day
Help us celebrate our 12th annual Military Appreciation Day. Salute all of the great men and women who serve our country and enjoy the entertainment lineup dedicated to them.
■ The National Anthem will be performed by the U.S. Coast Guard Choir while members from each branch of the military will display an American flag on the field
■ Halftime will be performed by the West Point Band
Help Fight Hunger
The New York Jets in conjunction with Wise Snacks and A-1 First Class-Viking Moving and Storage will hold their annual food drive to benefit the Interfaith Nutrition Network. Fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations (no glass items), which will be collected at all gates upon entering the stadium. Also, Wise Snacks is donating 1,000 bags of potato chips to the INN in support of the food drive.
To Report an Issue on Gameday
Send a text message to 78247, then 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 designated drivers 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 New England Patriots 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 this Sunday's 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 www.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 7:11 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 5 p.m. and will continue to run until 9 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 6:20 p.m.
Flight Crew: Check out the Flight Crew Cheerleaders at the following locations on the Plaza from 6:55-7:40 p.m.: NFL For Her Lounge, Freedom Zone, ESPN Radio tent, Toyota West Gate vehicle display, Good Sport /Designated Driver booth, Kumho Tires Activation, Verizon Gate and Bud Light Gate.
Broadcasting: Come listen to 1050 ESPN New York's live pregame radio show beginning at 6:20 p.m. 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: 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 Almost Easy.
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 week is the entire women's collection Touch by Alyssa Milano — buy any piece in the collection and save $5.
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 Stadium Jerky, 100% all-natural American-grown beef jerky, available at all beer portables. Regularly priced at $6, this week get two for $6!
Kumho Tires: Check out the Kumho Tires exhibit outside the West Gate, which features a 30-inch tire display and giveaways.
National Anthem:U.S.* *Coast Guard Choir
Halftime:A performance by the West Point Band
Be sure to use your smartphone on gameday to scan the QR code on the back of your ticket and 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!