When I started LevysBakeryProductions.com I wanted to keep people and Jets fans informed about my documentary, Gang Greed and other projects. I soon began writing about more than that. About my experiences while filming both Jets games and NFL alternatives. Focusing on Jets fans and tailgating before and after games. It seemed that the more I did at the stadium, the more I was learning about what it takes to have a successful and entertaining tailgate.
It seemed no matter how much I tried to focus on the Jets and how their decisions affect their fans, the more tailgating became a focus at many points. Yes many would like to be season ticket holders and attend the game. But many of those fans also want to tailgate to have a true football experience. Tailgating has become just as important as attending the games to many. Some do it small with just themselves while others go above and beyond to create a lavish affair.
Everyday people come to my website to look for the best places to park, how to get parking passes, what tailgating foods people prepare, where Fireman Ed’s seats are, and other topics related to Jets tailgating. All of those searches let me know how my website has become a destination for those looking to tailgate at Jets home games .
I have journeyed over the blacktop landscape at the stadium. So today I will start with three things that will hopefully make your tailgating experience at, ugh, MetLife Stadium that much better. Location, location, location. Now here we have a map of the MetLife stadium parking. Now depending on what color parking pass you have will determine where one might think they will have a great location to tailgate.Now many feel the best areas to tailgate are the concrete or dirt borders that surround each parking area. I happen to agree. It gives you space to put your grill, tent, and other tailgating items. It also provided room for those groups that have mass tailgaters. But one must arrive before they open the gates and wait on line, this happens five hours before kick off. This will ensure you get a prime spot on the outlying border.
Many of those with Winnebago’s, trailers, campers, smokers, will set up along borders. The key is to find the spots before they do or get into the mix. The tailgating security will not tell you how to set up your tailgate in these areas hence why many go for it off the bat. If you have a lot of people coming or a lot of gear, get there as early as possible. If not, expect to wait on long lines, maybe over an hour.
Now, if you are not one of the lucky few to get a spot on the outskirts, I suggest setting up next to the lot markers. The lot markers are easy to find, they are also the night parking lights. Easy to find your car after the game and if you get a few cars parked in a row there it makes a group tailgate easier to set up. Many do this in the yellow parking lots. The green ones fill in closer to game time as those fans seem to care more about the game than tailgating.
In some lots, at the end of each parking aisle is a small blocked off section. Nothing big, but small areas outlines for non parking use. Some take the end spots so they can have this small area to enhance their tailgate. I have seen some good set ups within this space and their parking area. These are mainly in the Yellow lots and very few in the green. The further away one parks from the stadium the easier it is to get away with certain tailgating set ups.
Parking lot D in the yellow section provides a good combination of both. There are only four rows/two lanes of parking so the tailgating there seems to be more compact and easy to set up. Bathrooms are close and if you get a lucky enough spot, you could park under the bridge from the stadium to the Izod Center for shelter from rain. There is even a dirt section close to Route 120 where one can set up a tailgate well. It may be tight over there, but there are good spots for setting up your tailgate.
I have yet to make it over to the NON PSL parking. From what I understand, one can not tailgate in the garage. If one does decide to tailgate over by the Izod Center, you need to make it quick. The time it takes you to pack up and walk over the stadium is not a hop, skip, and jump. Only in Lot B is tailgating easy for NON PSL holders. In the numbered parking, same rules apply as if you parked in the PSL parking. One just needs to have a quick set up to ensure making it over by kickoff.
It does not matter where you park, the stadium has employees walking around making sure people keep their tailgate limited to only one spot. Keep any grill or tent close to your vehicle and do not stick out far into the driving area. They will tell you to move it. That is why people tailgate in groups or find areas they can set up that does not fall in designated parking areas. Groups like L7 Tailgate, L5 Tailgate, Frank Conway and his friends, and others always tailgate in big numbers. They know with more space comes better room to have fun before any game.
Some friends and family look forward to tailgating before every home game. Sometimes more than the game. It gives people a chance to catch up, reminisce, and for others, a chance to meet someone new. I know of a couple who met during Jets tailgating and several years later, went to a Jets game the same day they were married. So always choose your spot wisely when deciding where to set up to tailgate. It may determine not just how big your tailgate can be, but the kinds of memories it will create.