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  • Sat., Aug. 01, 2015 9:55 AM EDT Live Jaguars Training Camp Training camp practices are free, as is parking in the available lots around EverBank Field. Fans must register at jaguars.com and show a proof of RSVP at the gate before entering.
  • Sun., Aug. 02, 2015 9:55 AM EDT Live Jaguars Training Camp Training camp practices are free, as is parking in the available lots around EverBank Field. Fans must register at jaguars.com and show a proof of RSVP at the gate before entering.
  • Mon., Aug. 03, 2015 6:00 PM EDT Live Jaguars Training Camp: Mandarin High School On Monday, August 3, the Jacksonville Jaguars will host their training camp practice at Mandarin High School. The event is free and open to the public to those who register with their information below. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with fun activities for the entire family including games and appearances by The ROAR, Jackson De Ville and D-Line.
  • Wed., Aug. 05, 2015 9:55 AM EDT Live Jaguars Training Camp Training camp practices are free, as is parking in the available lots around EverBank Field. Fans must register at jaguars.com and show a proof of RSVP at the gate before entering.
  • Thu., Aug. 06, 2015 9:55 AM EDT Live Jaguars Training Camp Training camp practices are free, as is parking in the available lots around EverBank Field. Fans must register at jaguars.com and show a proof of RSVP at the gate before entering.
  • Fri., Aug. 07, 2015 9:55 AM EDT Jaguars Training Camp Training camp practices are free, as is parking in the available lots around EverBank Field. Fans must register at jaguars.com and show a proof of RSVP at the gate before entering.
  • Sat., Aug. 08, 2015 6:15 PM EDT Live Jaguars Scrimmage

    Register to attend the 2015 Jacksonville Jaguars Scrimmage Presented by Florida Blue. The scrimmage will be held on Saturday, August 8 beginning at 6:15 p.m. and doors will open at 5 p.m.

    The scrimmage is free and open to the public to fans who register with their information below. Please note that the Clear Bag Policy will be in effect for the scrimmage.

  • Mon., Aug. 10, 2015 9:55 AM EDT Live Jaguars Training Camp Training camp practices are free, as is parking in the available lots around EverBank Field. Fans must register at jaguars.com and show a proof of RSVP at the gate before entering.
  • Tue., Aug. 11, 2015 9:55 AM EDT Live Jaguars Training Camp Training camp practices are free, as is parking in the available lots around EverBank Field. Fans must register at jaguars.com and show a proof of RSVP at the gate before entering.

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A City Stuns the Sports World

Posted Sep 2, 2014

The Jaguars are celebrating their 20th season. Senior correspondent Brian Sexton and senior writer John Oehser commence their in-depth look at the franchise's history.


On November 30, 1993, NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue stepped to a podium in Rosemont, Ill., and announced that the city of Jacksonville had been awarded the league’s 30th franchise.

The announcement stunned the NFL and the sports nation. At the same time, the news marked not only the culmination of many big dreams – and a long, ongoing effort around the city – but the start of the team’s 20-year history.

The city of Jacksonville long had pursued the NFL, having talked potential relocation with franchises such as the Colts, Cardinals, Saints, Oilers, Falcons and Patriots through a decade and a half of near-misses and disappointment. Beginning in the early 1990s, the city turned its focus to landing an expansion franchise, a movement with its roots in key city and civic leaders and one that became a real possibility with shoe magnate named Wayne Weaver joining the initiative.

In late 1993, the NFL awarded Charlotte, N.C., the 29th franchise. A month later, with Weaver as the majority owner and with few around the nation suspecting the news, the group realized a dream, being awarded the 30th team over St. Louis, Memphis and Baltimore.

The effort had paid off. The city celebrated. The dream had been realized.

The future was yet to come.

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