Excited students, outgoing teachers, and an enthusiastic Jets staff filed into the Toyota Club at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Tuesday, November 27, to begin an insightful Jets Business Day.
The New York Jets sponsor an educational tour twice a year for high schoolers interested in a future sports career. Students in two Jefferson Township High School electives – Sports and Entertainment Journalism and Sports and Entertainment Marketing – took full advantage of the opportunity.
The field trip was organized by Maria Clarizo, who teaches the Sports and Entertainment Journalism class. “It’s a great opportunity for students to get out of the classroom and learn about the various career opportunities available in the sports industry,” she said.
Kyle Venutolo, a student in Melissa Kwiecinski’s Sports and Entertainment Marketing course, noted that “connections and networking are a big part of getting a job with the Jets organization.”
Students were separated into groups for a walking tour of the stadium, beginning with a presentation about the suites. Students were stunned upon hearing the prices and the breakdown of the various suites. “I was really shocked,” said Morgann Connolly.
Following a tour of the Porsche Green Room, where entry costs $800 per person, students moved on to learn about other high-end seating options such as the Toyota Club, Commissioners Club, and Hangar. Ranging in price, all of these choices meet customer expectations with luxurious architecture and quality food selections. Students listened to presentations about tickets, merchandise, food and beverages, the press, and promotions.
Kaitlyn Hollar, a Jefferson senior, is planning to major in sports marketing next year in college. “This trip was very informative regarding available internships and job opportunities,” she observed.
The last stop inside the stadium was the away locker room, where player relations and press releases were discussed. Students were then treated to free reign of the professional football field for the last half hour. They threw balls, kicked field goals, and took pictures. Thomas Edge summed up the trip: “It was a once in a lifetime experience.”
This story was written by Jefferson Township High School student Ryan Clarkson.