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Jets Football Team

The New York Jets football team shares a stadium with the New York Football Giants in New Jersey, and the tailgaters fill the area around the MetLife Stadium ahead of every Jet home game. Situated close to New York City, your main concern is the traffic, and the closer to the stadium that you set up your party, the longer you will find you have to wait to get home at the end of the game. However, the upside of seeing a game so close to New York is that you have plenty of transport options.

Rules and Regulations

With over 80,000 fans coming to see every game, the team has put in a lot of rules and expectations about the behavior of tailgaters in the parking lots ahead of the game. The Jets website specifically tells their fans that their party must be fully contained within the lines of their parking space. Fortunately, these are a little bigger, but you will need to plan carefully if you have a big party of people traveling in a small number of cars.

The same rules, however, do suggest that Jets football team fans who get to the lots early, park on the edges and on the borders between rows as this will give them extra space to unpack and expand into with chairs and grills. Unsurprisingly, these spaces fill up first and early, so you will need to be at the stadium a good five hours ahead of game time to get lucky. You will also find that some of these spaces are the preferred spots of regular Jets football team fans, and while no rules keep you from using the spaces, you will find yourself getting some nasty looks if you do not move along.

Tailgate Joe

Photo courtesy of Ed Yourdon

Tailgate Joe's party is one of the most well-known landmarks of the Jets football team tailgating scene. Located on the border between lot D and E, the massive inflatable Jets player that blows around each game day and the massive picture of Joe hanging from the tent are the markers for Joe's party.

Unlike other commercial companies trying to offer a sanitized tailgating experience, Joe is a true Jets fan and sets up his party to feed grilled food to the masses. The organization runs as a not-for-profit, but you will be asked to make a small donation for the food.

One of the best reasons to go to Tailgate Joe is that it is a non-threatening atmosphere for visiting fans and Gang Green members alike, so it is a great place to meet new people and discuss both sides of the game.


The traffic around MetLife stadium can gridlock on game days and a big push at the moment is to get Jets fans using the bus or train to get to the game instead of driving. The team recognizes the importance of pre-game tailgating, so to meet the need they have teamed up with the Bud Light corner to create "railgating".

This massive grill opens when the stadium does and aims to get fans together to eat, drink, and discuss the game without having to drive or bring any equipment with them. The food is not particularly cheap, but the high-grade meat tastes great and is more satisfying than sitting in traffic.

While tailgating at a Jets football team lot is generally laid back and well patrolled by security, only the hardcore fans should venture out towards lot 7. This area attracts many RVs and Winnebagos tailgaters, which lend themselves to bigger parties, and because it is the furthest lot from the stadium, it tends to see less security personnel. This can mean that behavior can become a little rowdy at times especially in games against long-standing rivals.

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