For the second year in a row, Jets fans have to travel to support their team in the playoffs. I know many would love to be able to drive to the Meadowlands to watch the Jets, but that can not always happen. Some enjoy going from stadium to stadium to watch games. Other care to stay at their home stadium because it is familiar and easy to get to. But in my experience, I never minded going to an opposing teams stadium. I find it a great experience to see games in other arenas or stadiums, no matter the modernization. Some are not happy in an old style stadium and want the huge screens, lounges, and easy access from highways.
I have only been to other stadiums for baseball games and hockey games. I have not ventured out and been to another stadium to see the Jets. But from where I have been, they have been great experiences. Just because a stadium is not state of the art does not make it a worse place to watch a game in that one that is. I had an individual who is behind a Jets blog and message board try to tell me differently. He believes the New MEadowlands Stadium is worth every penny he pays and would not have it any differently.
This individual proceeded to say how other stadiums do not compare to the New Meadowlands Stadium. He prefers huge video screens, easy to find stadium, escalators, expensive food, and seating outside in the cold. He said his Jets PSL and season tickets are his vice and is willing to spend as much as he can on them. He does not care how much money he lays out. From reading some of his columns and posts on his boards, he is a Jets sheep. He does what the Jets want and doe not question their motives no matter how much they ask from their fans. These are the consumers the Jets look for, ones who are willing to spend and not question it.
Myself, I love going to older stadiums to watch a game. I already have vision loss so I need binoculars to see any video screen, no matter the size. Half the fun of going to a game is in the travel. When I went to Hartford and Rentschler Field, I loved the trip to a new area and different stadium. As far as escalators and elevators, I prefer to walk. After eating all that food at a tailgate it is great to walk it off however one can. I also only buy coffee in the stadium, if it is a cold game. Why pay such high prices on mediocre food? Everyone has different opinions. But why spend unnecessarily if one does not have to? Just to show you have disposable income?
Some who have the money do want to spend it on football and other sports. That is their vice. Some might take vacations, have a timeshare, or invest in the market. Others buy season tickets and PSLs. It just amazes me though some people spend more than they have to. I have not heard anyone rave about the food in the Coaches Club section. The free food tastes like it was given to the stadium for free. For the money people are paying, I am sure the stadium could have invested in a catering company that would treat their shareholders a little better. So is the money some lay out really worth it?
With the potential of a lock out next season, many fans will be upset over no football. Especially those financing their PSL’s. They will put money down on tickets and not even get a chance to see any games. Money well spent. That is a drawback to those spending big money on the PSL’. You have to keep paying installments even if there is no football season. So sometimes being the one who pays for the non PSL seats in the upper deck can come out the winner. The lockout may not even go on for the whole season. No one knows at this point.
The downward economy, unemployment and job losses, NFL lockout, and other factors have not been kind to the Jets over the past few years. With the Jets still not sold out of PSL and non PSL seats, how will a lock out help the sales? Not just that, how will the fans feel about paying for seats they may not use for a season? A lot of factors had lead to fans being disappointed in the past and not keeping their tickets. How will a supposed lockout affect those who just became season ticket holders? Lot of questions to be answered in the next few months.
Not many critics are giving the Jets a chance this Sunday. They can pull out a sneaky win, but they have to be a team they have yet to be. Fans are aching for Gang Green to pull out an upset against the Pats in Foxboro in the playoffs. It would be bittersweet if they did. This could be the last Jets game many see depending on the lockout situation. Not many players will commit to an 18 game schedule if the owners want to pay them less. So right now, they are far from an agreement. Things are not looking good for next season. So get your ticket and PSL money ready for a season one many not see.