For the second consecutive year, a loyal and rambunctious group of Miami Dolphins fans from New York City have made their presence known at the home of the New York Jets.
Four busloads of Dolphins faithful clad in aqua and orange invaded the parking lot at MetLife Stadium this morning and are taking over an entire corner of the stadium in an effort to make the Dolphins feel right at home. The leaders of the fan website DolfansNYC.com managed to round up 760 tickets, the largest group purchase from visiting fans ever at a home Jets game, and the rambunctious group will occupy Sections 322 and 323.
“In one word, this has been absolutely amazing,” said Michelle Stark Kramers, co-founder of DolfansNYC with Nate 'Igor' Smith. “(Dolphins CEO) Tom Garfinkel stopped by and Nat Moore was here. Everybody’s super excited.”
Just like last year, when the group got to witness a 30-9 Dolphins victory, they set up camp in Lot L and fended off the partisan Jets crowd with a super large Miami Dolphins flag, live music and lots and lots of food. Smith helped trend the event on Twitter by using the hash tag #MetLifeTakeover and succeeded in creating quite a buzz.
The inaugural takeover last October attracted Dolphins owner Steve Ross and minority partner and popular recording artist Fergie to the parking lot before the game. During the game, some of the Dolphins players admitted they could hear the cheers from the DolfansNYC section of the stadium and that’s when the group was only half this size.
“We are doing this just for them,” Stark-Kramers said. “We want them to feel like this is a home game for them.”