There are an estimated 50 million tailgaters in the USA who spend up to $12 billion a year on this very popular activity! At the NFL (National Football League) level, tailgaters spend an average of $196 per game just on food, beverages, and supplies, not including the ever-increasing game ticket cost.
Something happened in New York Sports last Sunday that hasn’t occurred on the same day since 2009! All four New York City pro sports teams won their games. I can still remember the front page of the Monday N.Y. Post “Fantastic 4. Judge blasts 58th, 59th homer, Giants’ best start since 2016, Mets sweep Pirates and Jets’ miracle comeback.”
In addition, the New York Jets did something no NFL team has done in over 2 decades! They are the first team in the last 21 years to overcome a 13-point deficit with less than 2 minutes remaining to win a game
New Yorkers sure take their pro sports seriously! I was at the tailgate for the New York Jets’ opening day loss to the Baltimore Ravens (there was a misty rain from 10am throughout the game) and I’m sure the Giants’ opening day victory tailgate was outstanding as well.
Professional Football games are expensive to attend. The Jets raised game-day tickets this year by 3%, for the first time since 2016. Parking passes also were increased to between $50-$70 per car, and there are different level access parking passes one can purchase.
There is a resale market on parking and for the old-school, there are no more paper game day tickets, although the Jets allow pre-printing the barcode for parking pass scanning into designated parking areas.
Directly from the www.NewYorkJets.com website, “MetLife stadium is operating cash free at ALL concessions and retail stations. You must pay by debit or with a credit card using a contactless tap to pay, mobile wallet chip, or swipe. The New York Jets prefer Visa as a form of payment. Reverse ATM machines will be available throughout MetLife stadium for guests to convert cash to a pre-paid Visa debit card. The Visa card has no expiration date and can be used anywhere a Visa debit card is accepted.”
The ”carry-in policy” directly from the www.MetLifeStadium.com website allows:
Follow these tips to ensure a safe and fun tailgate experience:
I read an interesting blog last Monday from a woman who called herself a “Football Widow!” She explained that her husband is not a sports fan, he ONLY likes NFL pro football. In the beginning she didn’t like it when he was unavailable most Sunday, Monday, and Thursday nights. Now she has learned to embrace it and schedules her events and watches TV during these weekly events, which her husband would NOT be interested in, so she now CHERISHES football season!
Whether or not you are an NFL football fanatic, football widow or widower, let’s all enjoy this fall and the NFL season!!