New York Jets Tickets
The Jets is the second professional American football team, after the NY Giants, to be based in the NY metropolitan area. A member of the Eastern Division of the American Football Conference in the National Football League (NFL), the Jets have their home at the Giants Stadium located at the huge Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, NJ. Officially, the Jets call their home stadium ‘The Meadowland,’ as the stadium bears the name of the other NFL team – the NY Giants.
The Jets began their existence as the New York Titans in 1960, as a charter member of the American Football League, and played their home games at the Polo Grounds. This was their home from 1960 to 1963. The Titans never did well, and were heading for bankruptcy. They were saved by a group headed by Music Corporation of America (MCA) head Sonny Werblin, and Leon Hess, who bought the team from Harry Wismer on March 13, 1964. They renamed the team the New York Jets, and planned to move from the Polo grounds.
Leon Hess eventually bought out his partners and took over the Jets. In 2000, his estate sold the team to Robert Wood Johnson IV, heir of Johnson & Johnson.
From 1964 to 1983, the Jets made their home at Shea Stadium. Here, the Jets played three playoff games:
The 1968 American Football League (AFL) Championship, beating the Oakland Raiders, 27-23.
The 1969 AFL Divisional playoff, losing 13-6 to the Kansas City Chiefs.
The 1981 American Football Conference (AFC) wild card playoff game, losing 31-27 to the Buffalo Bills.
The Jets’ move to Shea Stadium, and the signing of the now legendary Joe Namath in 1965 for an annual salary worth $427,000, turned their fortunes around. The New York Jets tickets became the most popular team nationwide, and drew audiences at home and away.
In 1984, the Jets made the Giants Stadium their new home, though they insist on calling it ‘The Meadowlands.’ With a new stadium – New Meadowlands Stadium - expected to come up by 2010, the Jets along with the Giants will be moving base there. Presently, the Jets are training at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY on Long Island, and by 2008, will be shifting their training facilities to Florham Park, NJ. The Retired Numbers
To honor their great players, the Jets have retired the following three jersey numbers, never to be worn again. These are:
#12 - Joe Namath
#13 - Don Maynard
#73 - Joe Kleck
Since his career-ending injury in 1992, Dennis Byrd’s jersey number 90, though not retired officially, has not been issued. The Tickets
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