WWE, Kevin Mawae and Star Wars will all make cameos during the New York Jets’ 2019 home slate at MetLife Stadium.
The team unveiled their 2019 game theme and giveaway schedule for the eight MetLife Stadium dates this season. Some of the events are marketed toward younger fans, though Jets history will play a big part in the game-day experience next season.
The team will open the season September 8 with a “Green Out” against the Buffalo Bills. Fans will also receive a Jets flag upon entry. Eight days, area first emergency first responders will be honored against the Cleveland Browns. A rally towel will likewise be distributed for the Monday night event.
October 13’s visit from the Dallas Cowboys will likely have the most pomp and circumstance behind. As part of the league-wide celebration of the NFL’s 100 anniversary, the Jets will unveil their all-time team, which will be voted on by the fans beginning in July. Attending team members will be commemorated in a pregame parade.
The Jets will also take part in the NFL’s Crucial Catch program. This year’s edition of the cancer awareness initiative will center on pediatric cancer. A “Whiteout” is also listed, hinting that the Jets will wear their white road jerseys for the game. Fans of the visitors often claim the Cowboys’ seldom-used blue jersey is unlucky.
After celebrating team history, the Jets turn to an individual honor against the New England Patriots on October 21. Kevin Mawae will be honored by the team in a halftime ceremony, during which he will receive his Pro Football Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence. The center spent eight seasons with the Jets and will be inducted into Canton this summer.
Another league-wide cause makes its mark on November 10. The Jets will celebrate Salute to Service week, which honors veterans and active military personnel. Last season’s events included a flag football game between Trenton-based servicemen and women at MetLife Stadium and a meet-and-greet for veterans and their families in Florham Park.
November 24 will take the Jets to a galaxy far, far away, as they celebrate Star Wars Day against the Oakland Raiders. Days paying homage to the iconic sci-fi franchise have been common in sports, though this is the first time the Jets have had such a day. The first 20,000 fans in attendance will receive a Star Wars-themed bobblehead and characters from the series will be in attendance. The event comes in between the releases of Star Wars media The Mandalorian, a spin-off streaming series premiering on Disney+ on November 9 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the ninth episodic film of the series due out on December 20.
Nobody is touching Sam in a lightsaber battle (according to Sam ?)@StarWars Day is Nov. 24 vs. the Raiders!
— New York Jets (@nyjets) June 12, 2019
December 8 marks Kids Day, an event that will be held in conjunction with World Wrestling Entertainment. This marks the second annual Kids Day, which will also feature Esports programming. MetLife Stadium has played host to Wrestlemania, WWE’s flagship event, twice over the past seven years, including the most recent edition in April. The events drew over 162,000 fans combined. New York will look to lay the smackdown on the Miami Dolphins in a key divisional showdown.
Finally, the home finale will mark the Fan Appreciation Game. Several new supporters will be inducted into the Jets’ Fan Hall of Fame prior to an anticipated visit from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Single-game tickets can be purchased at NewYorkJets.com.