The Jets have as loyal of a fanbase as any team in the league. The only Super Bowl in franchise history was more than five decades ago. Over the last twenty years Jets fans saw a division rival win six Super Bowls with a head coach who was supposed to coach their team. Currently the franchise has the longest playoff drought in the NFL at a decade. Still Jets fans root for their team passionately and believe things will get better...at least until the first loss of each season.
There is only one New York. No other city in America offers such a wide array of activities. You can always find something to do in the city, no matter the time of day or night.
What to Eat
Redd’s Restaurant and Biergarten
Located just down the block from MetLife Stadium is Redd’s, a casual Biergarten with communal tables, great German-American cuisine, and obviously plenty of local craft beers and imported favorites. Best of all, Redd’s offers a Park & Ride program for fans headed to MetLife. Come for the wiener schnitzel, stay for the camaraderie, and then hop on their shuttle and head to the game without worrying about parking. You can reserve your Park & Ride spot via their website.
Elia Mediterranean Restaurant
Don’t plan to visit Elia before a game, as their dress code prohibits athletic apparel like jerseys. But the menu is packed with authentic Mediterranean food, and the ambiance is lovely. Go eat your fill of spanakopita empanadas, mini lamb gyros, and don’t miss the walnut baklava.
Biggest tourist attraction
Just nine miles from MetLife Stadium is Times Square, one of the most iconic locations in New York City. It’s one of the top spots in the entire world for people watching, and you can grab a seat on the red TKTS steps and make a whole day out of just witnessing the hustle and bustle, shopping, and enjoying the local entertainers who perform in Times Square for tips.
Under the radar attraction
American Dream Mall
A mall? As a tourist attraction? Maybe that’s why this one flies under the radar, but the American Dream Mall, located less than a mile from MetLife Stadium, is more than just a mall. American Dream Mall features the Nickelodeon Universe theme park, the largest indoor waterpark in North America, the DreamWorks Water Park, multiple miniature golf courses, North America’s only real snow indoor ski and winter sports resort, indoor ice skating, an aquarium, and much more. It’s fun for the whole family.
Game day experience
Take the train to the stadium if you can, and get there early. It takes a long time to get through security and the ticket turnstiles on the way to your seat. There have been cases where people have tried to enter the stadium 45 minutes early and barely made it in their seat for kickoff. The parking lot takes forever to get into and out from. If you have to drive, plan on tailgating after the game to let the crowds clear out.