a late Wednesday afternoon in Morris County, the New York Jets began
their introduction to their new home & community in New Jersey. It
was a perfect spring day over a partly cloudy sky, where young &
old gathered to meet "Gang-Green" at Florham Park's Borough Hall.
introductions to the community began with chants of "J-E-T-S, Lets go
Jets!" by the Florham Park High School cheerleaders which were
responded to by the fans of Gang-Green with the overall chant of
"J-E-T-S, Jets - Jets - JETS!"
Florham Park's Mayor Frank Tinari then presented New York Jets owner Woody Johnson with a green & white framed proclamation.
"Today, May 17, 2006 will forever be known as JETS DAY in the borough," The Mayor Proclaimed. "Welcome to our community!"
"On behalf of all of us at the
JETS," replied a heartfelt Woody Johnson. "We are heartened by your
genuine interest to make us your neighbors and we are truly excited to
call Florham Park our new home."
On March 31, 2006; The New
York Jets announced that they would be relocating their headquarters to
the former Exxon national headquarters - across the street from
Fairleigh Dickenson University in Florham Park New Jersey.
The new home of the JETS will
house all football operations & most corporate functions including
an 110,000 square foot building that will house 100 employees.
However, the advertising & public relations departments will remain
outdoor football fields, an indoor field in an inflatable dome,
dormitories, a medical therapy center & theater will make this not
just a new home for the team but a state of the art training facility
that will rival any NFL team for years to come.
“By relocating the practice facilities from Long Island to
New Jersey,” responded Jets President Jay Cross, “We will generate local jobs
and more than $10 million annually in new tax revenue for the state of New
In addition to the new state and local tax revenues
generated by the practice facility, the Jets along with the NJSEA will dedicate
an annual fund of $50,000 to improve recreational fields in Florham Park that
will be built near their new home – as well as throughout the borough.
Though the Jets expect to break ground in December of this
year & to have the offices ready for business by the spring of 2007, they
have estimated that its inaugural training camp will not be held in New Jersey
until May of 2008. All estimates have
been based on the restraints of construction.
Still, a certain NFL owner would give Florham Park a little
hope. “If the weather stays calm next
winter, we could be here as early as July 2007!”