2017 #MetLifeTakeover Video!

October 19th, 2017

Every year we try to up the #MetLifeTakeover and so every year we try and raise the level of our annual #MetLifeTakeover video. It was pretty hard to outdo the last video, which was hosted by Dolphins legend Sam Madison, but I think we may have done it!

This year the #MetLifeTakoever was really on another level. Thanks to an early season game we had one of our biggest crowds with over 1100 people and thanks to our partnership with Urban Tailgate the party in the parking lot was out of control.

Both of the video teams from the last few years were unavailable and we sort of scrambled at the last minute to find a crew. Fortunately Curtis over at RizeOptix was recommended to us by one of our Twitter followers. He absolutely killed it with the video with a lot of help from our host Oscar Collazos. Oscar is a die hard Dolphins fan who happens to be a professional comedian. With no Dolphin royalty available to host Oscar was the perfect choice for the video and he did a fantastic job.

This video features interviews with former Dolphins Nat Moore & Joe Rose as well as Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel and Dolphins SVP of Communications & Community Affairs Jason Jenkins. Jason has actually been to every single #MetLifeTakeover and seems to really support what we are doing. There’s also an interview with Brian Miller who runs PhinPhanatic.com and did a series of stories about the #MetLifeTakeover. He also has been uploading virtual reality video to his new YouTube channel Phinatics360.

Also in the video is footage from our pre-party at Slattery’s Midtown Pub the night before and a performance from SoLo D. Every time I watch our video I get his song “Hit Squad” stuck in my head. I also need to give a shout out to DJ Tropic for DJing both parties and Sailor Jerry for sponsoring the tailgate.

Lastly, and probably most importantly I just wanted to thank everyone who came to the takeover, came to the tailgate, bought a raffle ticket, bought a t-shirt or just threw a couple dollar bills into a bucket at one of our weekly meet ups at Slattery’s. Because of you guys we have been able to donate $13,750 to charity this year and don’t think we are done giving. Just today we donated to Koa Misi’s CA wildfire fundraiser and we plan on doing more with Dolfans who live in Northern California.

We will have a full breakdown of everything we have donated at the end of the season but here’s an overview: We have donated $7000 to the Miami Dolphins Foundation, $2000 to the Dolphins Cycling Challenge, $1000 to RISE, $900 to cancer research charities, $2300 for various disaster relief efforts and several hundred dollars to our own members in need.

Okay, enough rambling. Let’s watch the 2017 #MetLifeTakeover video!

 

Web Weekend XIV Wrap Up

October 11th, 2017

If you have been following us for a while you might know about the Miami Dolphins Web Weekend. The Dolphins started it 14 years ago as a way to reach out to all the different fan sites. I ran a Dolphins fan site many years ago and it only really lasted for a few months but I kept updating it just so the Dolphins would keep inviting me down to Miami. Luckily for me I did that because I met Michelle at Web Weekend and started watching games with her and her friends and soon Dolfans NYC was born.

This year was a good one. Not only did the Dolphins win (four straight Web Weekend victories!) but Dolfans NYC once again won the Miami Dolphins Webby Awards for Community Oriented Site and Best Use of Social Media. The Community award is a big one and was named after Eddie Jones who was the president of the Dolphins and sadly died in 2012.

Speaking of community, the reason we keep winning the award is because of all of you guys. The money we raise from the #MetLifeTakeover and our raffles and merch sales all go to charity.  This weekend we were able to donate $7000 to the Miami Dolphins Foundation and $1000 to The Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE). We presented the check to RISE CEO Jocelyn Benson and we hope to work more with them since they are based in NYC.

We had some pretty great guests at the Web Weekend as well. We had Kiko Alonso and Ja’wuan James speak with us on Friday and on Saturday we heard from Mike Tannenbaum and Dolphins legend Dwight Stephenson. We told Kiko about the donation we made to his hurricane Maria fundraiser and gave him a Dolfans NYC shirt. One of the most interesting moments was when Mike Tannenbaum told us that we would be surprised with how the linebackers would look on Sunday and they were really the difference in the defense this week.

On Saturday morning we participated in a Miami Dolphins Special Teams event. We helped pack up backpacks for Feeding South Florida. They feed hungry kids over the weekend. It gives them three meals a day for two days while they aren’t in school getting their school lunches.

The game Sunday was pretty awful on the offensive side of the ball but the defense was fantastic and we came away with a win. Plus the seats the Dolphins gave us were on the shady side of the field this year so it was way cooler than the #MetLifeTakeover. Might be my last Dolphins game of the year so it was nice to get a win.

Oh, one more thing… we showed a rough edit of our #MetLifeTakeover video to the Web Weekend group and they seemed to love it. We went through the video and sent in our edits to the director so hopefully we will have that for you soon.

Web Weekend

2017 #MetLifeTakeover Photos

September 25th, 2017

Ignoring everything that happened after 1pm, yesterday was a tremendous success. We had over 1000 Dolphins fans sit together, threw one hell of a tailgate and raised a TON of money for charity. I just wanted to quickly thank everyone who came out especially our volunteers and everyone who helped us get stuff on and off the busses. The day went very smoothly right up until the moment the game started.

Huge shout out to Urban Tailgate for their help with the party. We had a few tiny hiccups (the Jets wouldn’t lets us park our busses by the tailgate!) but overall it was amazing. We had some complaints about the cost before the tailgate but I didn’t hear a single complaint afterwards. I have a feeling we are not gonna have any trouble selling tickets next year.  This tailgate was fairly last minute and I can’t wait until next year because we are gonna up the game on everything. Next year should be epic.

Thanks to DJ Tropic for playing music and Solo D and DWA for playing a few songs and keeping the crowd going long after the performance.

Thanks to Joe Rose and the team at Cup Of Joe for taping their show live at our tailgate.  Nat Moore and Tom Garfinkel were guests on the show and hung out a bunch. Thanks to Jason Jenkins who helped put that together and has been at pretty much every Takeover. He’s a huge supporter of what we do. Jim Jenson came by the tailgate too just to hang out. That was pretty amazing. Thanks Crash!

And finally thanks to our liquor sponsor Sailor Jerry. They have sponsored the last few tailgates and we really appreciate the love. I think they actually have a bar at Hard Rock Stadium.

I am sure I am missing some people but we will thank them all in the wrap up video. We will also have an update of all the money we were able to donate to charity thanks to this weekend, but I should mention that the Cam Wake signed helmet raffle raised nearly $1800 alone for the Miami Dolphins Foundation and we donate $500 to Kiko Alonso’s hurricane fundraiser after the raffle we did at the party at Slattery’s Saturday night.

I gotta be honest and tell you that after the tailgate last year I was completely burnt out and ready to never do this again, but this year I am just sunburnt and ready to start planning the 2018 Takeover!

Phins up, Jets still suck, check out all the pictures below!

2017 #MetLifeTakeover

2017 #MetLifeTakeover Details

September 20th, 2017

We have officially sold out of tickets! We have nearly 1000 Dolfans coming with us to the Jets game with us this weekend making it the second largest #MetLifeTakeover of all time!  Now that we are done selling tickets let’s breakdown the plan for this weekend. Hopefully this will answer everyone’s questions. Read it carefully!

SATURDAY NIGHT:

We are having a party Saturday night at Slattery’s Midtown Pub from 7-9pm. We do this so people who aren’t from the area can check out our bar and meet people before the game. DJ Tropic will be spinning and Solo D is going to perform and we will be selling merch and doing raffle prizes and all that. It should be fun, come hang out!

SUNDAY MORNING:

If you are taking the bus with us to the game (and already bought bus tickets from us, we are sold out!) you will  need to meet at Slattery’s at 7am. It takes a while to get everyone signed in and we are boarding the busses at 8am so please come early. Slattery’s will have bagels and coffee for everyone. Please don’t bring coffee or other opened drinks into the bar.

TAILGATE:

Our tailgate starts at 9am and will be held at L4 in the bus lot. If you are driving and meeting us there you should look for a yellow parking pass and then walk over from the car parking area.

We offer an all you can eat/drink tailgate option from our friends at Urban Tailgate who are taking care of all of that. Tailgate tickets are available for $55 using the coupon DolfansNYC but only until 5pm Thursday. After that you can buy a ticket at the game but the price goes up to a staggering $85 so get your ticket no!

That being said, you do not need to pay for a tailgate pass to party with us! It’s optional. Feel free to bring your own food and drink and party with us. Bring a grill, bring anything. Let’s blow this thing out!

Joe Rose will be taping his Cup of Joe show live from our tailgate! He filmed from Slattery’s last year and it was a big success so they are back. That should be really fun.

We also will be having another performance from Solo D and DJ Tropic will be DJing as well. Tons of games will be set up and we will be selling merch and raffling off a Cam Wake signed helmet. Should be a hell of a party.

GAME TIME:

The game starts at 1pm and it’s expected to be sunny and in the 80s! Hell of a change of pace from the last few years. We are completely sold out of tickets but we have sections 345 & 346 plus a lot of seats in 344 so if you can find any of those on the secondary market come get crazy with us.

Last week at the Chargers game Dolphins fans made the news for taking over the new LA stadium, so let’s do the same. Let’s get loud as hell but save your voice for big moments. We gotta last all game. Watch for us to lead chants and bring rally towels (we will be selling some too). Let’s get crazy.

Oh, make sure you remember a clear bag for your stuff because the they won’t let bags in the stadium. We will be selling those too.

After the game if you are on the busses get back quickly because we will be leaving soon after the game. We will be dropping off at Slattery’s and hanging out and watching the late games and hopefully celebrating!

SOCIAL:

Finally, please use the hashtag #MetLifeTakeover as much as possible on any of your social accounts. We wanna get it trending again. Tag the players and the team and let them know what we are doing. Tag us as well. We are @DolfansNYC on everything. Oh, and we are working on a Snaphchat filter for the game so watch for that too!

 

#MetLifeTakeover Partners With Urban Tailgate!

September 1st, 2017

We hope you’re as excited about #MetLifeTakeover as we are!! In a little over 3 weeks we will fill our sections with aqua and orange, giving our Dolphins a TRUE home field advantage!!

If you haven’t signed up it’s not too late! Sign up here! If you have signed up and haven’t paid yet get your money in ASAP!

Dolfans NYC is excited to announce a new partnership with Urban Tailgate! As you know, in the past we have done our own tailgates and while they’ve been fun, they’ve grown so big that it’s beyond the bandwidth of what we can put together. We almost decided not to do one this year, but then we were approached by Urban Tailgate to do something custom JUST FOR DOLPHINS FANS.

Urban Tailgate has built up a very cool brand and they have a great relationship with the stadium. They have all the permits needed to set up a full-service tailgate with tons of food and various drink options and they’ve been doing this at quite a few stadiums for different teams.

They are setting up a custom Dolfans NYC tailgate in the bus lot and are giving us a promo code for $20 off each ticket just for Dolfans NYC members!! Plus, a portion of each ticket sale will go to our charity.

The tailgate is all you can drink and eat! Fully Catered hot food including sausage and peppers, chicken marsala, BBQ pulled pork, penne a la vodka, hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken scarpiello, veggie burgers, and more!

Plus there will be tons of games set up, music from DJ Tropic and all the other stuff you associate with the #MetLifeTakeover only taken to another level.

They will be set up in the bus lot, next to where our buses will be parked and they will have everything up and running by the time we get there.

Now this is a lot more expensive than in years past but we think this is still a great deal.  Instead of a hamburger you get some serious food and instead of a couple of beers we will have a bar set up with beer, liquor and wine.  The regular price is $75 per ticket ($45 for kids/non-alcoholic option), BUT, if you USE THE PROMO CODE DOLFANSNYC YOU WILL GET $20 OFF!!! And  part of each ticket sale goes to our 501(c)(3) for charity!

For more details and to purchase your tickets, please click here! 

REMEMBER – Promo code is DOLFANSNYC to get your $20 off!!!
Can’t wait to see everyone at the game!! GO DOLPHINS!!!

Urban Tailgate

Dolfans NYC Announces Non-Profit Status

July 24th, 2017

Dolfans NYC @ Slattery's

We are excited to announce that Dolfans NYC has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to receive 501(c)(3) status. Our rapidly-growing fan club is now officially a non-profit, charitable organization.

Under these new guidelines, we are able to continue raising funds for those less fortunate and hope to make an even bigger contribution in our local communities — both the New York metropolitan area and South Florida.

We are very grateful for the continued support of the Miami Dolphins organization. It is thanks to them that we are able to ramp up our events and take our fundraising goals to the next level. In addition, we are extremely fortunate to have such generous and kind-hearted members of our club, without whom our fundraising efforts would be impossible. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to them for their contributions over the years to all of the causes we have supported, including the Miami Dolphins Foundation, the victims of the Metro-North crash, Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, The Concern Foundation and many more.

In South Florida we have made an impact by donating annually to the Miami Dolphins Foundation, which provides support in South Florida communities under education, health and volunteerism initiatives. We have also made yearly donations to a number of riders participating in the Dolphins Cycling Challenge to raise money for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

We are looking forward to hosting our first fundraiser as a non-profit organization during our watch party on September 10th at Slattery’s Midtown Pub as the Miami Dolphins take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers week one of the 2017 NFL season.

Two weeks later, on September 24th, we are anticipating a record-setting crowd at our annual #MetLifeTakeover. Since 2013 we have brought an average of 1000 Dolphins fans to the Dolphins at Jets game in New Jersey. Part of every ticket sale goes to our charitable efforts and combined with raffle and merchandise sales it is far and away our biggest fundraiser of the year.

Going forward, Dolfans NYC aims to support the respective causes of past and present Miami Dolphins players, including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Jarvis Landry), Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia (Jay Ajayi) and the Anthony Fasano Foundation to name a few.

For any organizations affiliated with the Miami Dolphins or the NFL interested in partnering with us in our future fundraising efforts, please contact Michelle Kramers and Nate Igor Smith at DolfansNYC@gmail.com.

Make a tax deductible donation via PayPal here:


Sign Up For the 2017 #MetLifeTakeover

June 22nd, 2017

Head over to MetLifeTakeover.com for more information.

And watch the video from last year while we work on updating this website!

Sign Up For The 2016 #MetLifeTakeover

May 27th, 2016

Sign ups are live! Read carefully. If you want to go to the 2016 #MetLifeTakeover sign up ASAP. We will send an email when it’s time to pay. Tickets are $65 and as always you will be surrounded by Dolphins fans in the upper decks. Win or lose it’s one of the greatest times you will ever have as a Dolphins fan and our tailgate gets better every year. Come join us and 1000 of our closest friends!

SIGN UP HERE! READ CAREFULLY! PHINS UP!

#metlifetakeover

Dolphins Players Praise DolfansNYC

May 5th, 2016

Across from the disassembled basketball hoops inside the upper-level Don Taft University Center practice court, Dolphins running backs Daniel Thomas and Jahwan Edwards sat at the first of five autograph stations, greeting and posing for photos with hundreds of season-ticket holders at Sunday’s Finatic event.

IMG_9246“Oh, yeah!” exclaimed Thomas when we informed him over a thousand fans will rock aqua and orange at Metlife Stadium. “Hello to all the Dolphins fans in New York!”

As we scanned the names of current Miami players and alumni listed on the metallic boards – claiming a spot in a line that stretched outside the gymnasium to meet former fullback Lousaka Polite and newly-acquired cornerback Byron Maxwell – a Dolphins staffer made an announcement that sent half the crowd rushing for the side exit.

It turned out, the player whose name and number coated the backs of nearly every other jersey at the session made an unexpected appearance. Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry was a surprise guest, and word spread quickly as more and more fans dashed through the narrow hallway and into the adjacent auditorium.

IMG_9259By the time Charlie and I grabbed a football, a glove and a DolfansNYC hat in hopes of snagging No. 14’s signature, the line had twisted around a half-dozen barricades and extended past the bathrooms in the club level area. An usher immediately informed us that Landry – like all of his teammates – was on a tight schedule from 12 to 1 p.m., and we weren’t guaranteed autographs.

Of course, we decided to wait, anxiously staring as the seconds ticked away on the clock and jubilant fans at the front of the line smiled and high-fived Miami’s top playmaker, decked in his aqua jersey and white cargo shorts.

In the meantime, Charlie treated everyone nearby to nearly an hour of “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” YouTube clips on my phone, while Top-40 hits from all decades blared through the speakers as AARP Foundation volunteers packed a million meals on the lower level.

We inched our way to within 20 people of the autograph station, but once the clock struck one, Landry mouthed, “I’m sorry” as he was promptly whisked away by event coordinators.

IMG_9272 (1)Our setback didn’t last too long, however, when we found out that during our hour-long wait, Michelle acquired signatures and video shout-outs from nearly every other player in attendance, including Sam Madison, Polite and Maxwell.

Minutes later, long snapper John Denney took Landry’s former seat and posed for a photo with us, wiping away any lingering feelings of disappointment.

Check out a compilation of past and present Dolphins thanking DolfansNYC for their undying support below. We’re looking forward to hearing everyone in the stands at #MetLifeTakeover, so stay tuned for ticket sales info!

Dolfans NYC Draft Day Party

April 22nd, 2016

Wow, it’s been a long time since we have updated this website. Last year was brutal but it all starts again soon. I have tried to ignore football as long as possible after an exhausting season but it’s time to get back in that NFL mood.

We are having a watch party at Slattery’s Midtown Pub for the first round of the NFL Draft. The draft starts at 8pm on Thursday April 28th and we will be getting started a little bit early so if you feel like pre-gaming I will be there by 7.

As per every game day we have DJ Tropic DJing during commercials and stuff and unlike game day we have free appetizers for anyone wearing Dolphins gear!

That being said, feel free to bring all your friends who root for other teams. This is the one day of the year we can get a long with only mild smack talk. They just have to pay for their food!

Anyway, just wanted to give you that quick update. Hope to see a bunch of you on Thursday! Phins up!

Dolfans NYC Draft Party

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