Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you are a first time attendee or a Takeover veteran please read this carefully before sending us an email. 90% of the questions we get every year can be answered by reading this first. Thanks!
Get ready for the best away game weekend of your life! Lot's of things have changed this year so make sure you take a few minutes to read everything! Phins up!
What is #MetLifeTakeover?
The #MetLifeTakeover is an annual group trip to MetLife Stadium when the Dolphins play the New York Jets organized by Dolfans NYC.
The 2023 #MetLifeTakeover takes place on Friday, November 24th at 3pm. The Takeover consists of a massive group ticket purchase and a huge tailgate party before the game. In the past we have thrown a party at our bar Slattery's Midtown Pub the night before the game.
Will there be an official party the night before the game?
Unfortunately there will not be. Because of the Black Friday game schedule many of us will be with our families on Thanksgiving. HOWEVER, Slattery's will be open for all the Thanksgiving games and everyone is invited to the bar to watch those games together. Slattery's will also be open after the game for a little post game party assuming we win.
What is the Takeover like?
What is Dolfans NYC?
Dolfans NYC is a New York City-based Miami Dolphins fan club and a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. (Donate here!) We are officially recognized by the Miami Dolphins and we happen to be the biggest Dolphins fan club on the planet. We were founded in 2009 NFL by Michelle Stark Kramers and Nate "Igor" Smith. Aside from organizing the #MetLifeTakeover we also throw weekly Dolphins watch parties at Slattery's Midtown Pub in Manhattan. Through our events and merch sales we have donated over $100,000 to charity. The Miami Dolphins awarded us the "Best Community Site" at their annual Web Weekend 5 years in a row and commemorated our 10th anniversary with a special presentation at our tailgate party.
Ready to watch an away game with 1000 of your closest Dolfan friends? Even in the "cheap seats" there's no greater game day experience outside of Hard Rock Stadium.
How much are tickets?
$110 if purchased before September 10th and $120 after the the start of the regular season. Significantly lower than the current price on the secondary ticket market.
Where are my tickets?
Within two weeks of purchase you will receive a code to make your seat selection (See seat selection FAQ below). Please check your junk mail box if you haven't seen an email from us.
Will I receive printed tickets?
Gameday entry requires the tickets to be on your phone through the Jets Ticketmaster app.
Where are the seats?
All tickets are in the upper deck. But trust us, being in the upper level with 1,000 Dolphins fans is much more fun than with the lower level surrounded by Jets fans.
What sections are you in?
We don’t reveal that until you purchase tickets from us. We want to encourage people buying with us and we don't want Jets fans to find out where we are sitting.
Can I buy tickets for a group?
Yes! Please contact us arrange this. For every 10 tickets purchased, you get one free (you must contact us directly to receive this offer).
What is the “Total Package”?
Our all-inclusive option for $250 which includes: a game ticket, round-trip bus transportation from Slattery’s Midtown Pub and our catered, all-you-can-eat and drink tailgate. A non-alcoholic option is available for $225.
For the first time ever, we are excited to offer self-selection seating! Pick your own seats so you can plan with friends, grab an aisle row, etc. First come first serve.
How are things different this year?
Within 2 weeks of submitting your payment, you will be sent a unique access code and a link to the seating chart showing all available seats within our group.
Once you open the link and input your access code, you'll be able to choose your seats.
Prior to checking out, you'll be given the option to make your seats searchable - meaning that any friends or family purchasing seats after you can search to see where you are sitting and ultimately make a selection near you, if available.
Can you hold seats for me?
Sorry with the new seat selection system we cannot hold tickets for anyone. It is first come first serve, so the sooner you buy, the more options you will have as far as seat selection.
How will my tickets be delivered?
Following check-out, your selected seats will be e-mailed to you and you can download them to your mobile device.
If you run into any issues downloading your tickets, please e-mail email@example.com and they will be able to help you.
Game Day Tailgate
For years we hosted tailgates on our own but it just became too big for us to do ourselves. Ever since 2017 we have partnered with a company called Urban Tailgate and really took the Takeover to another level!
Am I required to purchase the tailgate experience?
No. You are still welcome to BYO and party with us! Everyone is always welcome (even your Jets fan friend).
Can I purchase the tailgate experience on gameday?
Yes. But the price goes way up to $150. Plan ahead and save $50 by ordering before the start of the regular season.
What food is available at the tailgate?
Previous menus have included: chicken scarpiello, chicken and eggplant parm, eggplant rollatini, sausage and peppers, penne a la vodka, penne pesto, slow-cooked BBQ pulled pork, mac and cheese, pasta salad, hot dogs, hamburgers (and veggie burgers), a variety of hot and cold appetizers, and much more! Check out out Tailgate food review video here!
What drinks are available at the tailgate?
We offer a full high end bar plus water, soft drinks and more. Big shout out to our yearly sponsor Sailor Jerry Rum!
Do I have to pay full price if I don't want to drink? What about my kids?
We offer a non-alcoholic option for $90 and for the first time kids under 10 eat for free with an adult tailgate ticket purchase!
How long does the tailgate last?
The tailgate starts one hour after the gates open. This year that should be 11am. We usually start wrapping things up about an hour before kickoff but we don't shut down completely until the game starts.
Where is the tailgate?
Lot L4, the charter bus lot.
Can I come to the tailgate if I am taking other transportation to the game?
Yes! If you are driving, we recommend purchasing a GOLD parking pass. On gameday, park in Lot L, which is closest to the charter bus lot (L4). If you are coming by other means, just head to lot L4!
Are any special guests going to be at the tailgate?
We never know who is going to show up until game day but past tailgate guests include: Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, minority owner Fergie, CEO Tom Garfinkel, Dolphins legends Nat Moore, The Marks Brothers (Mark Clayton, Mark Duper), Sam Madison, Kim Bokamper, Jim “Crash” Jensen, Joe Rose, Shawn Wooden, Terry Kirby, O.J. McDuffie among others. Miami media figures have dropped by as well!
We offer round trip charter bus transportation from Manhattan starting and ending at our bar Slattery's Midtown Pub but of course there are other transportation options as well.
Am I required to purchase bus transportation?
Absolutely not. The bus from Slattery's is a lot of fun and might make your life a lot easier, but for those on a budget there is a cheaper option to take public transportation from Penn Station.
How much is bus transportation?
$55, round trip. The price also includes morning coffee and a bagel.
Where does the bus depart from/return to?
Slattery’s Midtown Pub - 8 East 36th St. NYC
When does the bus leave for the tailgate?
We will be leaving from Slattery's at 9:45 am sharp. Please arrive by 9:30am to sign in and get your wristband. The bar will be open at 9:00 am.
When does the bus leave the game?
Immediately after. Please return to the charter bus lot (L4) upon the conclusion of the game.
Can I bring stuff on the bus? Can I leave stuff on the bus?
If you want to bring a cooler, chair or some other item we do have some room under the busses. You are also welcome to leave stuff on the bus while you are at the game but no one will be looking after it and we are not responsible for any lost or stolen items. No propane tanks!
How do I get to MetLife Stadium?
If you are not riding with us, options to drive, use a rideshare or take public transportation are available. The official MetLife Stadium website provides more information.
Where should I park?
We recommend pre-purchasing a GOLD pass to park in lot L (which is closest to our tailgate). We do not sell parking passes, you must buy them from Ticketmaster or another ticketing site.