FLORHAM PARK, NJ – Many Jets fans (including myself) are still sore about the Jets total exile from NY five years ago. From teaming up with the Giants to build the new behemoth double money grab in the swamps to the following kick in the groin when the Jets announced they would move permanently from their 40 year home at Hofstra University to Florham Park, NJ.
As they left town, the team said they cherished their roots and would never forget their huge fan base (a source within the team has told me on multiple occasions that LI accounts for 50% or more of all Jets season ticket holders) on Long Island.
Throwing Long Island a small bone, after the team moved in 2008 the Jets announced they would hold one practice per summer back at Hofstra. When they came back, the fans on Long Island showed that they didn’t hold a grudge by packing Shuart Stadium in Hempstead to standing-room only crowds. Apparently that didn’t move the Jets’ brass very much.
In 2011, the team cancelled LI Jets day due to threatening weather and did not re-schedule an alternate day.
Last year the team cancelled the event and moved it back to Jersey at Met Life Stadium due to a “maintenance issue” at the Hofstra (the team never elaborated this excuse).
This year, the Jets basically told Long Island to drop dead by not even scheduling an event for their fans here.
A team spokesman quote in Newsday on Tuesday said the team is “interested in engaging directly with as many fans as possible including hosting events and practices in Queens and Long Island”. Their actions speak much louder than their words.
In taking a step to show Woody Johnson just how much Long Island Jets fans feel slighted by this, we have created a petition for fans to sign and leave comments about their displeasure.
Please sign it and respectfully ask Woody to make LI part of the Jets again.
To sign the petition: CLICK HERE
Thanks for your support!
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