Rams vs Jets: Full details on Salute to Service festivities

Nov 6, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; A view of the NFL's Salute to Service logo on an official Wilson football at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Cowboys won 35-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 6, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; A view of the NFL's Salute to Service logo on an official Wilson football at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Cowboys won 35-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

For today’s Rams vs Jets game, Gang Green will hold many Salute to Service festivities all throughout MetLife Stadium.

As part of the NFL’s “Salute to Service” theme all throughout the weekend, today’s Rams vs Jets game will have a plethora of events to honor those that serve our country. Below is a full lineup of everything fans heading to today’s game at MetLife Stadium need to know, courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets.

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SALUTE TO SERVICE: As the Jets and the NFL honor and support U.S. service members, veterans and their families, coaches and players will wear Salute to Service themed apparel. The pregame and halftime entertainment focuses on a wide variety of military involvement, displays, and acknowledgments. The NFL and the Jets take pride in supporting military personnel and remain committed to raising awareness for the sacrifices they make on our behalf. All proceeds from the NFL’s Salute to Service campaign are donated to the NFL’s three military appreciation nonprofit partners: USO, Pat Tillman Foundation, and Wounded Warrior Project. For more information on the NFL’s Salute to Service campaign, visit www.nfl.com/salute.

PREGAME EVENTS: The Coast Guard Band and Silent Drill team will perform in the parking lots and on the plaza around MetLife Stadium from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. A pregame enlistment ceremony of 50 future military members will take place in the north end zone of the field.

WEST POINT PARACHUTE TEAM:  The United States Military Academy’s Freefall demonstration and competition team, The Black Knights, will jump from a UH-72A Lakota Helicopter and land on the field at MetLife Stadium prior to kickoff.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: The National Anthem will be performed by 30 members of the U.S. Navy Women’s Glee Club. The ensemble has garnered international acclaim through their diverse repertoire and elegant sound. During the National Anthem, 125 members of each military branch, including the National Guard, will unfurl and present a 30×30 American Flag, while 15 members of each branch and the National Guard arrange formations along the sidelines.

HONORARY CAPTAINS: A group of high-ranking military officials will serve as the honorary captains including Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson, United States Army; Lieutenant General Robert Louis Caslen Jr., United States Army; Major General Timothy J. Labarge, United States Air Force; Captain Michael H. Day, U.S. Coast Guard; Lieutenant Commander Auntowhan “Drew” Mariano Andrews, United States Navy and Lieutenant Colonel Paul Wolfrom, United States Marine Corps.

BAGRAM AIR BASE FLAG FOOTBALL: Fifty military members from all branches, including eight members of the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan who participated in a Jets-themed flag football game earlier in the year, will lead the players out of the tunnel during introductions.

FLIGHT CREW: The Flight Crew will wear their Salute to Service uniforms representing all five active branches of the military.

PILOT AND CO-PILOT OF THE GAME: Jets alum Shaun Ellis will serve as the Pilot of the Game and power the Jet Up Air Raid Siren just before kickoff. Nick Stamatelos will be the Co-Pilot of the game. Stamatelos has been a season ticket holder since 1975 and redeemed this experience through Jets Rewards. Michael Kondrak, a season ticket holder since 1987 who redeemed this experience through Jets Rewards, will help Ellis power the Air Raid Siren.

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WEST POINT MARCHING BAND: The Army’s oldest musical organization, the West Point Marching Band, will perform at halftime. The senior premier musical representative of the U.S. Army has appeared at numerous historical events around the country.

GEN JETS KIDS ZONE: Jets Fest presented by Chase will be between the Verizon and SAP Gates. There will be a DJ, inflatables, a photo booth, a juggler, games and more. The Kids Zone will be decorated with American Flags and fans and children will have an opportunity to sign letters that will be sent to our troops.

METLIFE CENTRAL: Make MetLife Central your fan destination on game day at MetLife Stadium and meet Jets Alum Wayne Chrebet from 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

JETS EXPERIENCE: Inside the “Jets Experience,” find out how you size up against current Jets players, study up on your Jets history, and take fun photos with oversized J-E-T-S letters and the logo gloves sculpture. New for this season, fans can pose for pictures on a life-sized trading card backdrop and a life-sized Joe Namath Bobblehead. 

CHASE: Thanks to Chase and Operation Homefront, Robert Koss, a member of the U.S. Military, will be awarded a mortgage-free home during the second quarter.

VERIZON: Fans attending today’s game can visit the Verizon Fan Zone for a chance to upgrade their seats, play the Verizon Game Time virtual reality experience, watch NFL Mobile, enjoy complimentary phone charging and more.

SAP: Listen live inside the SAP gate from 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. as SNY’s Jeané Coakley and Jets alum Shaun Ellis discuss the 2016 New York Jets.

JETBLUE: Make sure to stop by the JetBlue tent on the plaza between the MetLife and Verizon gates for a chance to win fun prizes. Be on the lookout for JetBlue crewmembers in Parking Lots E, F & G to score your JetBlue/Jets koozie — while supplies last.

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Aug 27, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets Flight Crew in the 1st half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports

TOYOTA: Be sure to check out the 3D sidewalk art by the Toyota vehicles on the plaza. Fans can also take part in the RAV4 Roll-a-Way or Sienna packing game to win a prize. The Flight Crew will be signing autographs and taking photos from 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

BUD LIGHT: Enjoy $5 Bud Lights, music and meet the Jets Flight Crew in the Bud Light Beer Garden between SAP and Bud Light gates. 

ESPN RADIO: ESPN NY 98.7 FM with Greg Buttle and Don La Greca will broadcast live from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on the MetLife Stage. Jets Alum Shaun Ellis will join the broadcast from 11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

DUNKIN’ DONUTS: The Dunkin’ truck will be on the island with a prize wheel distributing Jets donuts as prizes and also passing out 4-oz. samples of Crème Brule Hot Coffee, Peppermint Mocha Hot Coffee and Oreo Hot Chocolate.

BASF: One of the world’s leading chemical companies has partnered with the Jets for the “Team Chemistry” campaign. BASF will have a tent on the island showcasing what goes into making football equipment and educational tips on how to make a more sustainable gameday experience. The tent will also feature corn hole, giveaways, and Season Ticket Holders can receive 250 Jets Rewards points for taking a survey.

JETS REWARDS: Season Ticket Holders who load money onto their Jets Rewards card(s) using a Mastercard earn 15% back on every in-stadium Jets Cash purchase. Non-Mastercard users receive 10% back.

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MERCHANDISE: Salute to Service merchandise will be available and all proceeds from the NFL’s Salute to Service campaign will be donated to the NFL’s three military appreciation nonprofit partners: USO, Pat Tillman Foundation, and Wounded Warrior Project.

FOOD & BEVERAGE: Souvenir Hot Cup – Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee or Hot Chocolate originally $10, will be $8.