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Been a Jets fan my whole life, but living ~6 hours away, I've never been to a home game (though probably a dozen or so away games).  I think I'm going to bite the bullet and get to a game at the Meadowlands in 2023 and would like to get the tickets first-hand as the go on-sale, then pay the secondary market.  I understand they go on-sale on Monday, May 15, so I just want to be prepared.

 

A couple questions, regarding gameday experiences so I can make some good choices when buying tickets next week:

1. The away games (in Orchard Park) I've been to in the past, when in the upper decks, I've been around a lot of drunks, which really diminished the experience for me.  Is that as prevalent at Metlife for Jets games?  I want to bring my kid and I don't mind people having a good time, but I don't really want 3 hours of overt drunkeness and swearing all around me.  Are there better or worse areas to go for or avoid?  I could very well opt for Section 224B family section, but I don't feel the need to limit my ticket options to that extreme unless I really need to.  

2.  What sort of different experience could I expect if I choose a 1pm, 4/4:25 Sunday or 8pm TNF/SNF/MNF game?  Both pregame and in-game.  Note that I'll have a 12-year old with me.  I'm all for getting to the game 3-4 hours ahead of time and enjoying the pregame atmosphere in the parking lots.  I'll probably drive there ~6 hours on the same-day and hotel overnight and drive back ~6 hours the next day.

 

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2 minutes ago, jaydee3839 said:

Been a Jets fan my whole life, but living ~6 hours away, I've never been to a home game (though probably a dozen or so away games).  I think I'm going to bite the bullet and get to a game at the Meadowlands in 2023 and would like to get the tickets first-hand as the go on-sale, then pay the secondary market.  I understand they go on-sale on Monday, May 15, so I just want to be prepared.

 

A couple questions, regarding gameday experiences so I can make some good choices when buying tickets next week:

1. The away games (in Orchard Park) I've been to in the past, when in the upper decks, I've been around a lot of drunks, which really diminished the experience for me.  Is that as prevalent at Metlife for Jets games?  I want to bring my kid and I don't mind people having a good time, but I don't really want 3 hours of overt drunkeness and swearing all around me.  Are there better or worse areas to go for or avoid?  I could very well opt for Section 224B family section, but I don't feel the need to limit my ticket options to that extreme unless I really need to.  

2.  What sort of different experience could I expect if I choose a 1pm, 4/4:25 Sunday or 8pm TNF/SNF/MNF game?  Both pregame and in-game.  Note that I'll have a 12-year old with me.  I'm all for getting to the game 3-4 hours ahead of time and enjoying the pregame atmosphere in the parking lots.  I'll probably drive there ~6 hours on the same-day and hotel overnight and drive back ~6 hours the next day.

 

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there is very little cursing in my section - it's the mezz level club seats.  nothing that my 12 year old hasn't heard or said.

a 6 hour drive for a 1pm game seems like a bad idea.  you have to leave at what 5 in the morning at the latest.

4pm would be more reasonable.  leave around 7 AM, get to the hotel around 1pm.  shower up/change and be at the stadium at 2pm.

ideally i would try to stay 2 nights if that works financially.

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4 minutes ago, jaydee3839 said:

Been a Jets fan my whole life, but living ~6 hours away, I've never been to a home game (though probably a dozen or so away games).  I think I'm going to bite the bullet and get to a game at the Meadowlands in 2023 and would like to get the tickets first-hand as the go on-sale, then pay the secondary market.  I understand they go on-sale on Monday, May 15, so I just want to be prepared.

 

A couple questions, regarding gameday experiences so I can make some good choices when buying tickets next week:

1. The away games (in Orchard Park) I've been to in the past, when in the upper decks, I've been around a lot of drunks, which really diminished the experience for me.  Is that as prevalent at Metlife for Jets games?  I want to bring my kid and I don't mind people having a good time, but I don't really want 3 hours of overt drunkeness and swearing all around me.  Are there better or worse areas to go for or avoid?  I could very well opt for Section 224B family section, but I don't feel the need to limit my ticket options to that extreme unless I really need to.  

2.  What sort of different experience could I expect if I choose a 1pm, 4/4:25 Sunday or 8pm TNF/SNF/MNF game?  Both pregame and in-game.  Note that I'll have a 12-year old with me.  I'm all for getting to the game 3-4 hours ahead of time and enjoying the pregame atmosphere in the parking lots.  I'll probably drive there ~6 hours on the same-day and hotel overnight and drive back ~6 hours the next day.

 

Thanks!

It is hit or miss as far as who you sit next to with the resale markets.  I have never sat in the family section but I would recommend looking into that if you have your kid with you.  In my opinion nothing beats the 1:00 tailgates.  Arrive early and tailgate before then after you can hopefully celebrate the jets victory by watching the 4:00 games in the parking lot while you wait for traffic to slow down. I wouldn't do a night game especially with your kid.  Anyone drinking will have had all day to get "primed" up for the game.  

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1 minute ago, sec143dmf said:

It is hit or miss as far as who you sit next to with the resale markets.  I have never sat in the family section but I would recommend looking into that if you have your kid with you.  In my opinion nothing beats the 1:00 tailgates.  Arrive early and tailgate before then after you can hopefully celebrate the jets victory by watching the 4:00 games in the parking lot while you wait for traffic to slow down. I wouldn't do a night game especially with your kid.  Anyone drinking will have had all day to get "primed" up for the game.  

In line with this as well - can never predict drunk fans.

Where i sit i can remember only one time where there was a drunk fan - GB fan which I never expected and guy was completly out of control. State police ended up having to escort him out - so you just can't predict

Agree with 1pm game even though you would have to leave early to get there. 

Pricing is prob going to be nuts but the home opener assuming it is 1pm would be great. Typically nice weather - everyone is in a good mood and the lots and stadium are juiced.

If you do decide to go to a 1pm and get there early - PM me and I will let you know where I am at. I bring a Keurig machine with me (go ahead make fun) so coffee is on me.

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2 minutes ago, Trotter said:

In line with this as well - can never predict drunk fans.

Where i sit i can remember only one time where there was a drunk fan - GB fan which I never expected and guy was completly out of control. State police ended up having to escort him out - so you just can't predict

Agree with 1pm game even though you would have to leave early to get there. 

Pricing is prob going to be nuts but the home opener assuming it is 1pm would be great. Typically nice weather - everyone is in a good mood and the lots and stadium are juiced.

If you do decide to go to a 1pm and get there early - PM me and I will let you know where I am at. I bring a Keurig machine with me (go ahead make fun) so coffee is on me.

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Or drive in earlier in the weekend and stay somewhere no too far from things.  Enjoy Manhattan with the kid(s) on Saturday, maybe see a kid-friendly show on Saturday night. If baseball season still there, then maybe a Saturdy night game too.  Check out of hotel and hop over to tailgate at about 9:30.

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15 minutes ago, jaydee3839 said:

Been a Jets fan my whole life, but living ~6 hours away, I've never been to a home game (though probably a dozen or so away games).  I think I'm going to bite the bullet and get to a game at the Meadowlands in 2023 and would like to get the tickets first-hand as the go on-sale, then pay the secondary market.  I understand they go on-sale on Monday, May 15, so I just want to be prepared.

 

A couple questions, regarding gameday experiences so I can make some good choices when buying tickets next week:

1. The away games (in Orchard Park) I've been to in the past, when in the upper decks, I've been around a lot of drunks, which really diminished the experience for me.  Is that as prevalent at Metlife for Jets games?  I want to bring my kid and I don't mind people having a good time, but I don't really want 3 hours of overt drunkeness and swearing all around me.  Are there better or worse areas to go for or avoid?  I could very well opt for Section 224B family section, but I don't feel the need to limit my ticket options to that extreme unless I really need to.  

2.  What sort of different experience could I expect if I choose a 1pm, 4/4:25 Sunday or 8pm TNF/SNF/MNF game?  Both pregame and in-game.  Note that I'll have a 12-year old with me.  I'm all for getting to the game 3-4 hours ahead of time and enjoying the pregame atmosphere in the parking lots.  I'll probably drive there ~6 hours on the same-day and hotel overnight and drive back ~6 hours the next day.

 

Thanks!

Can’t predict who will be around you but you will absolutely get profanity and yelling wherever you are. 
 

if I go to a night game I’m looking for a hotel with shuttle service or something.  The drive home would be rough. I usually tailgate after the game and watch the cars just sit in traffic. 
 

a 12 year old is going to learn some new words and see bad behavior. Just have a talk about it. 

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14 minutes ago, batman10023 said:

ideally i would try to stay 2 nights if that works financially.

I second this.  I travel in for a game almost every season and I usually stay at the Meadowlands Hilton across the street from the Stadium.  They run a shuttle to/from the parking lot for hotel guests.  It makes getting to/from games so much easier.

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4 minutes ago, Larz said:

Can’t predict who will be around you but you will absolutely get profanity and yelling wherever you are. 
 

if I go to a night game I’m looking for a hotel with shuttle service or something.  The drive home would be rough. I usually tailgate after the game and watch the cars just sit in traffic. 
 

a 12 year old is going to learn some new words and see bad behavior. Just have a talk about it. 

first game i took my son to i think he was around 12. Playing the pats and vininie was stinking the joint up. Of course i am wearing a testaverde jerseyr so going back to our seats I am getting hit with pieces of pretzels and hot dogs. My son asks why are they throwing things at you - you are a jet fan. did not take him long to figure it out.

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Thanks for all the quick replies.  The 1pm starts being more family-friendly, confirms what I've heard also.  I'm thinking to about the Miami game at 3pm on Nov 24 as a possibility.  Being a holiday weekend probably doesn't work in my favor however.  

Weather-wise, we're ok dealing with low temps, snow, etc, so I'm not particularly afraid of Nov/Dec games.  Cold rain wouldn't be fun, but, there's only so much you can control.

 

Thoughts on driving to the Meadowlands, parking at the stadium, vs driving to a hotel (let's say in Morristown/Summit) taking NJ Transit to Secaucus Jct, shuttling over to Metlife from there?

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30 minutes ago, Larz said:

Can’t predict who will be around you but you will absolutely get profanity and yelling wherever you are. 
 

if I go to a night game I’m looking for a hotel with shuttle service or something.  The drive home would be rough. I usually tailgate after the game and watch the cars just sit in traffic. 
 

a 12 year old is going to learn some new words and see bad behavior. Just have a talk about it. 

every 12 year old knows all the words.  this isn't the 1950s

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29 minutes ago, jaydee3839 said:

Thanks for all the quick replies.  The 1pm starts being more family-friendly, confirms what I've heard also.  I'm thinking to about the Miami game at 3pm on Nov 24 as a possibility.  Being a holiday weekend probably doesn't work in my favor however.  

Weather-wise, we're ok dealing with low temps, snow, etc, so I'm not particularly afraid of Nov/Dec games.  Cold rain wouldn't be fun, but, there's only so much you can control.

 

Thoughts on driving to the Meadowlands, parking at the stadium, vs driving to a hotel (let's say in Morristown/Summit) taking NJ Transit to Secaucus Jct, shuttling over to Metlife from there?

Parking passes are scarce . You probably have to get one thru the secondary market .

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Upper level and lower end zones have more rowdiness than the club seats. Mezz clubs are nice and not crazy expensive and will provide a more family friendly experience.  I say this as a STH in the lower EZ with kids who come to the games. 

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1 hour ago, jaydee3839 said:

Been a Jets fan my whole life, but living ~6 hours away, I've never been to a home game (though probably a dozen or so away games).  I think I'm going to bite the bullet and get to a game at the Meadowlands in 2023 and would like to get the tickets first-hand as the go on-sale, then pay the secondary market.  I understand they go on-sale on Monday, May 15, so I just want to be prepared.

 

A couple questions, regarding gameday experiences so I can make some good choices when buying tickets next week:

1. The away games (in Orchard Park) I've been to in the past, when in the upper decks, I've been around a lot of drunks, which really diminished the experience for me.  Is that as prevalent at Metlife for Jets games?  I want to bring my kid and I don't mind people having a good time, but I don't really want 3 hours of overt drunkeness and swearing all around me.  Are there better or worse areas to go for or avoid?  I could very well opt for Section 224B family section, but I don't feel the need to limit my ticket options to that extreme unless I really need to.  

2.  What sort of different experience could I expect if I choose a 1pm, 4/4:25 Sunday or 8pm TNF/SNF/MNF game?  Both pregame and in-game.  Note that I'll have a 12-year old with me.  I'm all for getting to the game 3-4 hours ahead of time and enjoying the pregame atmosphere in the parking lots.  I'll probably drive there ~6 hours on the same-day and hotel overnight and drive back ~6 hours the next day.

 

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Thank your lucky stars you live 6 hours away and never show up to that sh*t whole oversized A/C unit.

It is not worth the experience.

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5 minutes ago, Lupz27 said:

Thank your lucky stars you live 6 hours away and never show up to that sh*t whole oversized A/C unit.

It is not worth the experience.

I get the asthetics suck and depending on where you sit the game action is not great but if Rodgers turns this around and we are beating teams at home - no one is really going to care.

i want to meet the guy sitting next to me if the Jets are up 24-3 against the Pats and his only comment is - but the stadium sucks. 

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12 minutes ago, IndianaJet said:

Wear a Tom Brady jersey and bring a big sign that says "Namath Sucks!", you're sure to make plenty of friends.

was at a jets/fins monday night game years ago in the old stadium and across the section from me is a young girl and guy with zach thomas and marino jerseys.

The guy is staying quiet but the girl is engaging the gentle Jet fan in the upper deck and saying stuff that was outrageous. I felt so bad for her boyfriend because he has no choice but to try and defend her.

Halftime go to get my son something to eat and sure as sh_t there are the two of them talking to security and he has blood gushing out his nose.

 

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18 minutes ago, Trotter said:

I get the asthetics suck and depending on where you sit the game action is not great but if Rodgers turns this around and we are beating teams at home - no one is really going to care.

i want to meet the guy sitting next to me if the Jets are up 24-3 against the Pats and his only comment is - but the stadium sucks. 

That would be me.

I had season tickets in the Mezz Club, and Section 135.

The experience sucks, Mezz was better but it cost way to much.

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2 minutes ago, Lupz27 said:

That would be me.

I had season tickets in the Mezz Club, and Section 135.

The experience sucks, Mezz was better but it cost way to much.

Just curious - what was the issue with 135? Those are very nice seats.

 

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2 hours ago, jaydee3839 said:

Been a Jets fan my whole life, but living ~6 hours away, I've never been to a home game (though probably a dozen or so away games).  I think I'm going to bite the bullet and get to a game at the Meadowlands in 2023 and would like to get the tickets first-hand as the go on-sale, then pay the secondary market.  I understand they go on-sale on Monday, May 15, so I just want to be prepared.

 

A couple questions, regarding gameday experiences so I can make some good choices when buying tickets next week:

1. The away games (in Orchard Park) I've been to in the past, when in the upper decks, I've been around a lot of drunks, which really diminished the experience for me.  Is that as prevalent at Metlife for Jets games?  I want to bring my kid and I don't mind people having a good time, but I don't really want 3 hours of overt drunkeness and swearing all around me.  Are there better or worse areas to go for or avoid?  I could very well opt for Section 224B family section, but I don't feel the need to limit my ticket options to that extreme unless I really need to.  

2.  What sort of different experience could I expect if I choose a 1pm, 4/4:25 Sunday or 8pm TNF/SNF/MNF game?  Both pregame and in-game.  Note that I'll have a 12-year old with me.  I'm all for getting to the game 3-4 hours ahead of time and enjoying the pregame atmosphere in the parking lots.  I'll probably drive there ~6 hours on the same-day and hotel overnight and drive back ~6 hours the next day.

 

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Def think you should do it. Been a season ticket holder 6 years and been doing alot of home games prior to so here my 2 cents

1) Depends on the day, but for the most part you wont hear alot of cursing. Its not a golf match so I cant say you wont hear one from time to time but no one to obnoxious. If anything the away fans depending on the fan base can be worse. Think you will be fine. 

2) 4 Pm work the best for you if you are driving to stadium the day of. I DO NOT recommend getting there any later then 10am on 1 pm games. Lots start to back up and it takes a while to find a spot. Easier to get in early, pitch a chair and not worry about it. 

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1 hour ago, SAM SAM HE'S OUR MAN said:

I still have that painter's cap . Never seen so many fires in the upper level .

If I remember correctly it was 23-0 Bills at the half, making the drunks in the upper deck a little unhappy.  Lots of fights at that game also.  Good times.

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1 hour ago, T0mShane said:

Come into the city a night or two earlier, stay at a hotel in the financial district (NOT midtown!), eat at some nice restaurants in the village, then on Sunday morning wake up and give your tickets to a homeless person to use as footwear or toilet paper because actually going to that toilet bowl stadium is a nightmare. Get on the L train at Union Station over to Bedford Ave and watch the game while having brunch at a nice hipster spot instead.

You had me there for a moment. Truth: NEVER stay in midtown.  I've heard that bus to the stadium from the port authority is super easy and quick as is the train from Penn.  But since they are driving here, I'd bet it's better to stay in NJ and drive in to NYC for the day before. Icon parking always affordable with online coupon.   

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2 hours ago, jaydee3839 said:

The away games (in Orchard Park) I've been to in the past, when in the upper decks, I've been around a lot of drunks, which really diminished the experience for me.

Went to a game at Orchard Park during the Sanchez - Ryan years.  Was with my son who was probably about 18 at the time, so I was not that concerned about how family friendly it would be.  Anyway, we get up to our seats, wearing our Jets jerseys in the upper deck, probably 45 minutes to an hour before game time.  Security guard walks over to us as we are sitting and says, "Don't worry, I will make sure you guys will be okay."  Which is somehow both reassuring and frightening at the same time.

Group of 4 or 6 Bills fans come in and sits in front of us.  They start giving us sh*t -- all friendly and good natured stuff.  Beer guy comes offer and I offer to buy them a round.  I did not know it at the time, but I had just bought protection.  Every time someone came by and started giving us crap, they immediately defended us.  We had a blast.  We also kicked the Bills asses that afternoon.  That round of beers was probably the best $75 I ever spent in a stadium.

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1 hour ago, shuler82 said:

Upper level and lower end zones have more rowdiness than the club seats. Mezz clubs are nice and not crazy expensive and will provide a more family friendly experience.  I say this as a STH in the lower EZ with kids who come to the games. 

By Mezz clubs, you mean any of the 200-level sections?  Also, how's the pitch, would there be any issues for a shorter fan seeing over a tall guy in front of him?

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6 minutes ago, Lith said:

Went to a game at Orchard Park during the Sanchez - Ryan years.  Was with my son who was probably about 18 at the time, so I was not that concerned about how family friendly it would be.  Anyway, we get up to our seats, wearing our Jets jerseys in the upper deck, probably 45 minutes to an hour before game time.  Security guard walks over to us as we are sitting and says, "Don't worry, I will make sure you guys will be okay."  Which is somehow both reassuring and frightening at the same time.

Group of 4 or 6 Bills fans come in and sits in front of us.  They start giving us sh*t -- all friendly and good natured stuff.  Beer guy comes offer and I offer to buy them a round.  I did not know it at the time, but I had just bought protection.  Every time someone came by and started giving us crap, they immediately defended us.  We had a blast.  We also kicked the Bills asses that afternoon.  That round of beers was probably the best $75 I ever spent in a stadium.

If it was 2010, I was at the game.  The most bizarre thing about Bills-Jets in Buffalo is when they start yelling at you about how Buffalo is "New York's only team" and the Jets should be called the "NJ Jets".  Whatever dudes.  Note in 2010, was during the era where the Bills were playing home games (1 preseason, 1 regular season) yearly in Toronto, and the "Buffalo" Bills actually play in Orchard Park... :rolleyes:

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29 minutes ago, Lith said:

Went to a game at Orchard Park during the Sanchez - Ryan years.  Was with my son who was probably about 18 at the time, so I was not that concerned about how family friendly it would be.  Anyway, we get up to our seats, wearing our Jets jerseys in the upper deck, probably 45 minutes to an hour before game time.  Security guard walks over to us as we are sitting and says, "Don't worry, I will make sure you guys will be okay."  Which is somehow both reassuring and frightening at the same time.

Group of 4 or 6 Bills fans come in and sits in front of us.  They start giving us sh*t -- all friendly and good natured stuff.  Beer guy comes offer and I offer to buy them a round.  I did not know it at the time, but I had just bought protection.  Every time someone came by and started giving us crap, they immediately defended us.  We had a blast.  We also kicked the Bills asses that afternoon.  That round of beers was probably the best $75 I ever spent in a stadium.

I went in 85  luckily with 15 bills fans.  I was going to school in the area.
The jets also won that game. I caught some flak but being in the center of 15 guys helped for sure lol. 

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46 minutes ago, Trotter said:

Just curious - what was the issue with 135? Those are very nice seats.

 

OK.  I've had season tickets in the Mezz Corner (145A), then 135.

Mezz Corner was a strange, but not too horrible view/angle.  When the action was within the 30 on my side it was actually awesome. Beyond the 50, not so much especially because of the strange angle.  I moved to 135 after a year up there. The left hand side of 135 was awesome.  It was loud, full of serious Jets fans.  But the far right side of 135... towards 134, was always full of other teams' fans and sometimes family.  Empties as well.  I will never forget the invasion of Ravens fans in 135  at the Stadium opener.  Lots of unsold PSLs peddled over to opposing fans.  Friend of mine has row 31, which is against the wall and those are fabulous. You can stand anytime you want. That alone is worth it.  But it's only row 31 I think seat 16 and higher. I had an opportunity to move to 137 with fewer seats that has worked for me very well.  Love my seats.  Great view.  Ready for the season!

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