Welcome to Jets football at MetLife Stadium! Thursday's game vs. the Philadelphia Eagles kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Come early and cheer on your team as the Green & White host their second 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 1:30 p.m. on Thursday
■ Parking lots open at 2:30 p.m.
■ Stadium gates open at 5:30 p.m.
■ Will Call opens at 4:30 p.m. General Will Call is located at West Gate 3, Suite Will Call at West Gate 2
■ Player warmups start at about 6:30 p.m.
■ Pre-kickoff festivities start at 7:20 p.m. The National Anthem is being performed by Caroline Jones
■ Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
■ Halftime show features a performance by the Junior Flight Crew Cheerleaders
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 the 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 Thursday'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, please make sure to check in with NJ Transit on Thursday to be sure all trains are running as normal due to the Hurricane. **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 4:30 p.m. and will continue to run until 8 p.m. The 351 bus line will be operational for 30 minutes at the conclusion of the game. Drop-off and pick-up 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? One independently run parking alternative is Secaucus Park. 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. **Click here for more information.**
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 5 p.m.
Broadcasting: Come listen to 1050 ESPN New York's live pregame radio show beginning at 6:30 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 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.
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 between the West and Verizon Gates, where you can tackle a football obstacle course as well as a quarterback challenge drill. Jets alum Kenny Schroy will be signing autographs, and be sure to get a photo with a member of the Flight Crew Cheerleaders!
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 5:55-6:40 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 play like a Jet.!
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: Caroline Jones
Halftime Show: Performance by Junior Flight Crew Cheerleaders.
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 gear new 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.