Former Jets Pro Bowler Wesley Walker, Marty Lyons – member of the fearsome New York Sack Exchange and Jets radio analyst, Jets linebacker legend Greg Buttle, and Super Bowl III Champions Emerson Boozer, Randy Beverly and John Schmitt will return to Shea Stadium. These players and others will appear at a 5:30 p.m. pre-game fundraiser in Shea's Picnic Area to benefit area charities through the Mets Foundation and New York Jets Foundation. A limited number of tickets to the Picnic Area Meet and Greet are $20 and are on sale now at Mets.com.
The Mets will salute their former Shea housemates – both teams won World Championships in 1969 – during an on-field, pre-game ceremony including the first pitch and the Shea Countdown of games to be played in its final season. It will also include in-game video programming, and the opportunity for fans to have their photos taken with both the Mets' and Jets' 1969 World Championship trophies. The New York Jets Flight Crew will be on hand with the Jets' traveling, interactive Generation JetsFest adjacent to Shea and will join Mr. Met and the Pepsi Party Patrol for various promotions and giveaways throughout the game.
The Jets and Mets played at the Polo Grounds – the former home of the New York Giants baseball team before they left for San Francisco – the Jets for four seasons (three as the New York Titans) and the Mets for two seasons, before moving into Shea Stadium in 1964. The Jets last played at Shea in 1983 before moving to the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. Both the Mets and Jets are constructing new facilities. Citi Field, the new Mets home, will open in 2009; the New Meadowlands Stadium is scheduled to open in 2010.