FOOTBALL FANS are going to have their eyes glued to the screen on Monday night. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers makes his New York Jets debut against Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills on September 11th at 8:15 EST.
Wild enough, last-minute tickets to see the Jets vs. Bills in-person are actually quite reasonable, starting at $160. It’s not cheap, but considering how this game could be an iconic moment in NFL history it’s definitely worth taking a look at grabbing a seat. We’re breaking down all info you need to know about how to score last-minute Jets tickets so you can watch Rodgers’ debut live at MetLife Stadium.
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Significance of Jets vs. Bills on Monday Night Football
The significance of the first Monday Night Football game of the NFL season starts with Rodgers. Rodgers moved from his longtime role as a Green Bay Packer to The Big Apple in a blockbuster move this offseason. He was drafted by the Packers in 2005 and played with the team for almost two decades, winning a Super Bowl in the 2010 season and being named league MVP four times. While there’s no doubt about Rodgers’ talent, many speculate his age, now 39 years old, could be factor in his performance as a Jet. Nevertheless, sports betting books have the Jets as a Super Bowl contender this season, and if the team goes all the way it would mean the first Jets championship in over 50 years.
The Bills have a chance to make a deep run this year too, but some fans wonder if the team’s own championship window is dwindling. Allen has one of the best receivers in the league in Stefon Diggs, as well as a lockdown Bills defense that is excellent at keeping offenses at bay. The pressure will be on for the Bills to start their season on a strong note, and they most certainly will not let up if they get an early lead in the game.
What Jets Tickets Options Are There?
Tickets are available through a number of outlets, including Stubhub, VividSeats, Gametime, and Ticketmaster. Tickets are starting around $160 on most of the sites right now and reach over $1,000 for prime spots right near the sideline. MetLife Stadium contains three levels of seating, and you can find many of the good last-minute Jets tickets for Rodgers’ season debut towards the upper deck for under $200.
Which Ticket Should I get?
All the views inside MetLife Stadium are good, and one of the enjoyments of sitting in the higher levels is the comradery is much more tight knit and connected, meaning the reactions to every play—good or bad—is filled with emotion.
An end zone seat is always a good bet too, especially in this case where the game is believed to be a high scoring affair. If you get an end zone seat, you’re guaranteed for at least one half to get a closer view at Rodgers potentially throwing touchdowns. End zone tickets in the 300 level average around $170 while those in the 200 level are going for about $270 at the moment.
If this is a bucket list endeavor, consider shelling out a bit more to be a little closer to the field. If you just want to be in the presence of rowdy fans and say you saw Rodgers play his very first game as a Jet, go with the nosebleeds and hang with the rowdy fans.
When Should I Get Tickets?
The sooner the better is generally the rule of thumb with big ticket events like NFL games. The beginning of the Aaron Rodgers in New York will fetch a lot of attention and that usually translates to higher ticket resale rates. We suggest locking something down on the early side but because the game is only three days away (meaning, it’s pretty much the 11th hour already), consider waiting until Sunday or even day of as some sites might be wanting to offload individual seats. It’s a bit risky as, again, this is game one of a team that will potentially get to the Super Bowl, but in a massive stadium of 82.500, weirder things have happened.
If you miss out on the opener, you’ll like get another chance. The NFL regular season includes 17 games, running from September to the first week of January. Other games of note include October 1st when the Jets host the reigning champion Kansas City Chiefs and October 29th when they play city rival the Giants (technically an away game but at MetLife Stadium, the arena both clubs share).
Mark Stock is a food, drink, and outdoors writer from Portland, Oregon. He spent years making, selling, and sipping Pinot Noir in the Dundee Hills before a full return to his journalistic roots in 2016. In addition to Men’s Health, he writes for SevenFifty Daily, Sip Northwest, The Somm Journal, The Drake, Willamette Week, Travel Oregon, and more.