The Jacksonville Jaguars have purchased the last 1,500 tickets needed to lift the blackout of this Sunday's home game against the division-rival Indianapolis Colts. The 1,500 tickets are being distributed to workers from several local disaster relief agencies who have been handling hurricane damage and repairs throughout the Jacksonville area over the last month.
"We would have sold all of these tickets by game time," Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver said, "but we saw this as an opportunity to recognize and thank some of the people who have been instrumental in helping our community get back on its feet. There are many unsung heroes after hurricanes and other disasters. Most of these people have worked around the clock, and we hope these workers get a chance to enjoy the game on Sunday."
In this one-time gesture the Jaguars have provided the 1,500 tickets, with direction from Mayor John Peyton's office and the office of Chip Patterson of the Emergency Preparedness Division of Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, to the following agencies:
- Jacksonville Electric Authority
- Department of Public Works
- Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
- The Red Cross
- Jacksonville Fire and Rescue
- The Salvation Army
- Jacksonville Health Department
- Citizens Information Center
The Jaguars had received an extension until 5:00 p.m. today to sell enough tickets for the blackout to be lifted. Sunday's 1:00 p.m. game will be televised on WTEV-CBS 47.
There are still a limited number of tickets available at the Jaguars ticket office and on-line at www.jaguars.com The Jaguars ticket office at ALLTEL Stadium will be open on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The ticket office phone number to call is (904) 633-2000, press "3."