Football is back at the 'Bank! Jacksonville Jaguars fans are invited to EverBank Field this Sunday afternoon to see the Jaguars take on the Tennessee Titans in the team's first regular season home game. The matchup will kick off at 1 p.m. on CBS and will be broadcast locally on WJAX CBS47.
Earlier this week, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Owner Shad Khan announced a $1 million donation to Florida's First Coast Relief Fund to assist in regional recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma. Khan will be participate in a halftime celebration of the resiliency of Jacksonville alongside Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and representatives from the United Way of Northeast Florida, the Community Foundation, Jaguars corporate partners, major foundations and citizens that have contributed to the Relief Fund.
To provide further relief and reward to those affected by the storm, Khan and the team also announced early this week a donation of 5,000 tickets to first responders and community members. A portion of the 5,000 tickets was distributed to leadership at government agencies, hospitals and nonprofits in the six-county region. Area residents were invited to apply online to enter the random lottery. After an enormous online response, thousands of fans were notified Friday morning that they would receive two free tickets. Fans are encouraged to use #JaxAsOne throughout the game to both inspire contributions to Florida's First Coast Relief Fund and champion the spirit of Jacksonville.
Following team introductions, this week's national anthem will be performed by tenor Patrick Mason, accompanied by ROAR cheerleader Kinsey, who will interpret for the hearing impaired. The colors will be presented by a joint color guard consisting of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and sailors from Naval Air Station Jacksonville. A 100-yard field flag will be displayed by First Coast military members and first responders.
This Sunday's flyover will be performed by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Police Aviation Unit, tasked with seven-day-a-week support of Patrol and other units as an aerial platform for surveillance, pursuits, search and rescue, drug interdiction and criminal apprehension. The unit consist of 10 full-time pilots who combined to fly more than 1,800 hours last year. In operation since 1970, the unit is based at Craig Airport and includes four rotor wing aircraft. The helicopters participating in today's flyover include one Bell 407, two Bell Jet Rangers and a Bell OH-58 military surplus.
Play 60 at halftime
Turn your attention to the field at halftime to watch local up-and-coming athletes in action. Sixth-grade students from Lakeside Elementary School, Coppergate Elementary, Lake Asbury Elementary and Swimming Pen Creek Elementary will compete in the Jaguars Play 60 Relay. Joining them in the competition are local mascots and Jaguars alumni David Garrard, Quinn Gray, Josh Scobee and Micah Ross. The winning team will take home a $2,000 grant to fund their school's fitness and healthy eating programs. The Jaguars Foundation, Wolfson Children's Hospital and the American Heart Association are partners in implementing the NFL Play 60 challenge in local First Coast schools in an effort to tackle childhood obesity by encouraging students to be active for 60 minutes a day.
There's a Jaguars app for that
The Jaguars have partnered with Paranoid Fan to launch a brand new mobile app for fans just in time for the team's home opener. Fans using the mobile app on game day will find a host of new capabilities including a game day chat room for stadium-goers, a custom-designed marketplace map to help fans find a fun tailgate crowd to join, and live scoring updates. All registered and ticketed fans can use the new app to sign up for seat upgrades and other game day benefits powered by Experience.
For the convenience and security of all our fans, the Jaguars are allowing entry to EverBank Field this season using only a hard ticket or a mobile ticket accessed via the new official Jaguars app. The option to print a ticket as a PDF is no longer available via Ticketmaster. This reduces the likelihood of counterfeit tickets and provides a convenient way for ticket holders to forward tickets to friends and guests. Fans can visit www.jaguars.com/mytickets for detailed instructions on managing tickets via a mobile device.
Be clear on game day safety
Fan safety is a priority to the Jaguars and EverBank Field. All fans arriving at EverBank Field on game day will be screened by walk-through magnetometers at all entry gates. To help expedite entry into the stadium, fans should keep small items such as keys and coins in their pockets and be prepared to put larger items such as cell phones, camera and binoculars in the bins. The NFL's clear bag policy is in effect at EverBank Field. Fans are encouraged to leave bags at home, but, if necessary, it should be either bags that are clear plastic and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12", a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag, or a small clutch no larger than 4.5" x 6." For complete details on the clear bag policy and a comprehensive list of prohibited items, visit www.jaguars.com/allclear.
Game day timeline
9 a.m. DreamFinders Box Office and North End zone ticket office open
10 a.m. Fan Entertainment Zone opens (South end zone between Gates 1 and 4)
11 a.m. EverBank Field seating bowl and all gates open
11:30 a.m. - Noon The ROAR and Jaguars alumni autographs (Fan Entertainment Zone)
12:45 p.m Jags Cinema pregame show begins on the video boards
1 p.m. Kickoff