Fans are invited to TIAA Bank Field on Sunday to see the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast by FOX locally on WFOX and on radio on WJXL (1010AM, 92.5 FM) and 99.9 FM Gator Country. Sunday's annual Salute to Service game is presented by CSX.
JAGUARS' SALUTE TO SERVICE
The Jaguars, alongside generous corporate and individual donors, have partnered with the Greater Jacksonville Area USO to provide complimentary tickets to more than 6,000 active duty, retired and reservist military personnel and their families to this Sunday's game. In addition, Jaguars players have participated in a multitude of appreciation events throughout the month of November. Members of the team have visited Naval Station Mayport and Naval Air Station Jacksonville to meet local servicemen and women and show their gratitude.
Halftime at this Sunday's Salute to Service game will feature a special on-field mass enlistment ceremony. More than 200 recruits enlisting in all five branches of the U.S. military will take the oath of enlistment as administered by Brig. Gen. Vincent Buggs of the U.S. Army Reserve.
Following team introductions, the national anthem will be performed by a 'vocal quartet' from the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, the official chorus of the U.S. Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., the group is one of six musical ensembles that form the U.S. Air Force Band. Brooke, a member of THE ROAR of the Jaguars, will interpret the national anthem for the hearing impaired. The colors will be presented by joint services color guard, and the American and military branch flags will be held by members of the U.S. military and CSX volunteers.
This Sunday's flyover will be performed by the Warbirds Flyover Team. Specializing in precision formation, the Warbirds are led by former naval carrier aviator and Gulf War veteran Hank Gibson of Jacksonville. Team members are all veterans of the uniformed services and will fly vintage post-World War II-type aircraft.
THE FIRST DUUUVAL
This week, TIAA Bank Field welcomes a special Salute to Service game guest to lead fans in the First DUUUVAL of the game moments before kickoff from high atop the southeast flag pole tower. Christian Willard, a graduate of Sandalwood High School, enlisted in the U.S. Army and deployed to Iraq in 2009. While deployed, he was wounded when an enemy grenade exploded near him. Willard was awarded a Purple Heart for his injuries and is now a participant in the Wounded Warrior Project. The First DUUUVAL is presented by Duval Motor Company.
JAGUARS ALL-25 FEATURED PLAYER
In celebration of the team's 25th season, the team unveiled the Jaguars All-25 presented by Sharpie, a collection of the top 25 non-active players in franchise history, as voted on by members of the local media. A member of the Jaguars All-25 will be featured at each home game, continuing this Sunday with former DE Tony Brackens, who was named No. 6. Brackens was originally selected by Jacksonville in the second round (33rd overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft and played eight seasons for the Jaguars from 1996-2003. His career totals of 55.0 sacks, 28 forced fumbles and 13 fumble recoveries are all franchise records for the Jaguars. Brackens will serve as an honorary captain for the game and sign autographs for fans from 11:30 a.m. – noon in the Lycamobile Fan Entertainment Zone presented by PRI Productions.
During the game, the Jaguars will honor a special group of World War II servicemen as the Veterans of the Game presented by Dr. Patrick Basile. These veterans include U.S. Army Sgt. John Connelly, a waist gunner on a B-24 Liberator bomber; U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sollie Mitchell, a member of the first regiment assigned to enter Tokyo after the atomic bomb was dropped; and U.S. Army Sgft. William Tomka, who participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy.
The First Data Veteran-Owned Business of the Game is Fire Team Whiskey represented by its owner and former U.S. Army Captain, Stephanie Lincoln. As the game enters the fourth quarter, the Navy Mutual Bell Ringer will be U.S. Navy Capt. Joshua Russell, who has served 22 years in the military including deployments on behalf of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Resolute Support and Operation Freedom Sentinel.
NEW STADIUM ENTRY GATE
For the remainder of the season, the Jaguars and our stadium partners will continue to utilize the brand new entry gate on the south side of the sports complex as part of ongoing improvements to the game day fan experience. Gate 5, located on the south side of the Dream Finders Homes Flex Field at Daily's Place, will welcome fans approaching the stadium from the south along Gator Bowl Blvd. Located between Dream Finders Homes Gate 1 and Lycamobile Gate 4, Gate 5 will open at 10 a.m. and welcome fans through the Dream Finders Homes Flex Field hangar doors. All pre-existing gates will remain open. Attendees parking in Lots F, K, H, Q and X are encouraged to consider using the new magnetometers and ticket scanners at the new entrance.
SECURE DIGITAL TICKETING
In conjunction with Ticketmaster, the Jaguars will utilize secure digital ticketing this season. Fans will continue to utilize the Official Jacksonville Jaguars app to access their mobile tickets on game day. This year, they will now notice that each ticket has a moving barcode. This dynamic barcode updates every 15 seconds, eliminating the ability to use a screenshot as entry to TIAA Bank Field and further preventing counterfeit tickets. Fans can still conveniently transfer tickets to friends or family via email or text using their mobile device.
Fans are encouraged to download or update the free Official Jacksonville Jaguars app on both Apple and Android devices. The Jaguars have also developed a detailed secure digital ticket guide to aid fans in accessing, transferring or selling their tickets for the upcoming season. Fans can access this tutorial and view answers to a list of frequently asked questions at www.jaguars.com/mobiletickets.
BE PREPARED ON GAME DAY
The NFL's clear bag policy is in effect at TIAA Bank Field. Fans are encouraged to leave all bags at home, but, if necessary, it should be either a clear bag no larger than 12" x 6" x 12", or a non-clear bag no larger than 4.5" x 6.5." Strict size enforcement will be in place for all non-clear bags. Fans are encouraged to arrive early and plan for traffic accordingly. Fans should plan to be inside stadium gates at least one hour prior to kickoff.
GAME DAY TIMELINE
Game day ticket office opens (north end zone between Gates 2 and 3)
Stadium parking lots open
Lycamobile Fan Entertainment Zone presented by PRI Productions opens (south end zone between Gates 1 and 4 and near Gate 5)
Media Will Call and photographer check in opens near Gate 1
TIAA Bank Field seating bowl and all gates open
11:30 a.m. – Noon
The ROAR and Jaguars alumni autographs (Fan Entertainment Zone)
Oath of Enlistment ceremony