New York Jets announce gameplan for 9/11 and fans
In anticipation of the New York Jets opening night game against the Dallas Cowboys on September 11th, the team has announced details to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of September 11th. Thanks to Rich Cimini of ESPNNY for update:
• Each fan will receive an American Flag upon entrance to MetLife Stadium.
• Taps will be streamed live into the stadium with the backdrop of the World Trade Center site.
• FDNY, NYPD and PAPD bagpipers will perform Amazing Grace from the field. Our nation’s colors will be presented by New York City Joint Service Color Guard.
• A full-field American Flag will be unfurled and held by members of the military, FDNY, NYPD and PAPD alongside both the Cowboys and the Jets.
• Mary J. Blige will perform our National Anthem.
• Children of first responders will serve as the team’s honorary captains.
As part of a special halftime tribute, the stadium will transition into concert mode and the stadium lights will be turned off for the duration of halftime. The team asks that fans remain in their seats for this emotional tribute.
• Halftime will open with New York native and Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro narrating a powerful moment created by family members of 9/11 victims, represented by Tuesday’s Children.
• John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting will perform an acoustic, piano version of “Superman (It’s Not Easy).” Superman, off the album America Town, became an anthem for many after the September 11th attacks. A version of the song was performed at The Concert for New York City in late 2001.
• Fans who wish to make a donation to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum can text to pledge during the game. Fans who text HOPE to 80088 will make a $10 donation.