This Date in New York Jets History: Jets Can Play Early Season Games at Home

For many years, the Jets were not allowed to play at Shea Stadium until November. That was until May 26, 1977.

We go back to the seventies for “This Date in New York Jets History”. The date was May 26, 1977, and the Jets earned a very important win in court which added some ease to their schedule which they didn’t have in the past.

First, a little bit of background to set this up.

Shea Stadium opened up in 1964, and the Mets moved in at that point, as well as the Jets. The Jets debuted at their new Queens home in September of 1964. However, due to the fact that the building was predominantly a baseball stadium, and the Mets owned it, leasing space to the Jets, the Jets weren’t allowed to play there until the baseball season was over. For those of us that weren’t around to remember that, imagine facing the grind of football season, without playing a home game, minimum until mid-October. And the season was only 14 games back then.

Well the Jets fought this, and it all changed on this date in Jets’ history, in 1977.

After battling this issue for two months in the courts, the Jets were guaranteed 2 September home games, and 2 October home games, beginning with the 1978 season, and continuing through end of the Jets’ lease at Shea, the 1983 season. Obviously this is a big deal, as it would have been quite the hardship to not be able to play a home game for at least six weeks.

Furthermore, for the 1977 season, the Jets were granted 2 preseason games and their regular season opener at the Meadowlands. So even though they weren’t entitled to Shea early in 1977, at least they were able to play early games in the NY area.

This date, in Jets’ history.

Topics: New York Jets, Shea Stadium

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  • matr dontelli iii

    shea was a great place for concerts. i had a lot of fun there. not so for sporting events, imo, though that may have been more on the teams than the facility.

    • TheJetPress

      fair point. I loved Shea, but not old enough to have seen the football team there, only the Mets.

      • matr dontelli iii

        only game i saw was the final one. a blowout loss to the steelers. i remember peeing in a garbage can outside the men’s room, the bathroom line was ridiculous. after the game we took out our frustrations on the field and stadium.

        • Joe Willie

          That was terry Bradshaws last game—and Richard Todds last with the Jets–he gave the crowd the finger as he left the field—no lie.

          • TheJetPress

            wow, I knew about the last game situations, but not that Richard gave the crowd the finger.

          • matr dontelli iii

            I don’t remember all that well but I imagine he was booed mercilessly. The final, I believe was 34-7 and it wasn’t even THAT close. I remember Bradshaw had a wrap on his elbow the size of a medicine ball. I could swear I had a picture of him with that but it seems to be misplaced. I’m guessing I used two rolls of film and one is hiding. Boy did we suck when we played those Saturday games in December!

  • Joe Willie

    1969 the year when the Jets were reigning world champions-the mets were playing Baltimore in the world series—if I remember right the Jets played their 1st 4 or 5 on the road—it was a joke!–it was 1st 5 games can u imagine that today? link below

    • TheJetPress

      unheard of……I don’t hink it would fly at all in today’s nfl.

  • Joe Willie

    ok i see it know—no links aloud ?

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