Jaguars to think pink this Sunday
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Jaguars are participating in the NFL's "A Crucial Catch: Screening Saves Lives" campaign in a variety of ways during this Sunday's game against Oakland. More than 100 breast cancer survivors from Baptist Health will hold the American field flag and pink ribbon flag during pregame ceremonies. Members of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority will distribute 40,000 breast cancer awareness pink ribbons to fans upon entering the stadium. Fans will spot pink throughout the EverBank Field, from kicking tees to pompoms to referee whistles. In addition, Jaguars staff members touched by breast cancer will participate in a very special check presentation in support of research efforts during a break in the first quarter.
Hurricane Matthew honorees
As Northeast Florida and its residents recover from the effects of Hurricane Matthew, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Jaguars Foundation are following up last week's $25,000 contribution to the Northeast Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross with a salute to first responders, local lineman, police officers and fire/rescue personnel during the Oakland game. The Jaguars have donated 150 tickets to JEA and an additional 350 tickets to the City of Jacksonville Emergency Services Management for distribution to these individuals. These special guests will be recognized as a group during Sunday's game.
As the Jaguars look to extend their two-game winning streak, the team is encouraging fans to help them "Lock Down the Bank" and leave their mark on EverBank Field. Fans are invited to visit the stadium on game day or during the week to place their own lock on the iron-rod gates between Gate 2 and the US Assure Club West. Jaguars LB Telvin Smith started the tradition back in August, and since then more than 500 locks have already been added. Volunteers from the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville will be handing out locks in exchange for a donation to the Jaguars Foundation. Fans can also decorate their lock at the Cultural Council tent before adding it to the gates. Fans who post their photo using #LOCKDOWNTHEBANK and tag @Jaguars could be featured on Jaguars.com.
Georgia-Florida preparations in place
With the annual SEC showdown set for next Saturday, Oct. 29, the City of Jacksonville and SMG are already hard at work preparing to expand EverBank Field to a capacity of more than 84,000. Temporary seats have already been constructed on the Sky Patio in the south end zone as well as on FanDuelVille in the north end zone. Both of these areas will be closed to the general public during the Jaguars game this Sunday. Smart Pharmacy Spa Cabana, Terrace Cabana, and Bar Rail Seating ticketed guests will be the only patrons permitted to enter the area. All fans can enjoy the Sky Patio and FanDuelVille when they reopen on Sunday, Nov. 13 for the Texans game.
Halftime entertainment for Sunday's matchup will feature the Florida State University Marching Chiefs. Comprised from nearly every academic department at the university, the Marching Chiefs from Florida State University are one of the largest college marching bands in the world. They have roughly 400 students total in the marching band. The Chiefs perform at all home Seminole football games as well as various road games over the course of the season. Sports Illustrated has recognized the group as "the band that never lost a halftime."
This week's national anthem will be performed by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. On hand to interpret the national anthem for the hearing impaired is Kim Duncan. The colors will be presented by sailors from NAS Jacksonville.
Patrol Squadron 30, the U.S. Navy Maritime Patrol Fleet Replacement Squadron, will provide the flyover. The two P-8 Poseidons will approach in formation at 1,000 feet at 250 knots. Patrol Squadron 30 is based at NAS Jacksonville and provides a continuous flow of highly trained P-3 and P-8 pilots, naval flight officers, naval air crewmen and maintenance personnel to the operational fleet. Flying the lead aircraft are LT Derrick Bruce and LT Jeff Graham. Flying the wing aircraft are LT Dave Christenson and LT Matt Melfa.
Game day timeline
10 a.m. Ticket office opens (North End Zone between Gates 2 and 3)
10 a.m. Fan Entertainment Zone opens (East plaza near Gate 4)
11 a.m. EverBank Field seating bowl and all gates open
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. The ROAR autographs (Fan Entertainment Zone)
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Alumni player autographs (Fan Entertainment Zone)
12:50 p.m. The PROWL (South End Zone below Bud Light Party Zone)
1 p.m. Kickoff