Inside The Jets’ Locker Room Series « Tailgate Fan
From the backwater roads of the boondocks to the bright lights of the Big Apple, a large portion of the United States believes football is America’s national pastime. Any given Sunday, the National Football League’s players are elevated by a fan base that often goes deep (across the country) for an opportunity to support its gridiron gladiators.
At Tonic Times Square on Monday night, however, two New York Jets football players provided their fans with a front-row experience during an evening of fun, food, frosty drink and the Packers-Vikings game on Monday Night Football.In collaboration with CBS Local, Pepsi and Budweiser, Tonic’s staff suited up for the inaugural installment of the Jets’ locker room series, which allowed Gang Green’s supporters to go “inside the huddle” with Jets fullback John Conner and wideout/kick returner Joe McKnight.“We wanted to have an event that allows fans to mingle with their favorite players,” said Tonic’s marketing and events director, Randolph Hernandez. “This is a bar where professional athletes come, often unannounced. We are trying to create the world’s neighborhood bar.”
For three-plus hours, Conner, McKnight and many of Gang Green’s loyal followers played trivia, snapped pictures and enjoyed the exciting atmosphere and modern amenities available at the three-floor bar, lounge and restaurant.