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Jaguars issue casting call

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. June 10, 2005 – Have you ever wanted to be in a television commercial? With the 2005 football season just around the corner, the Jacksonville Jaguars announced today they are giving thousands of season ticket holders and their families the chance to appear on television when the team films its new round of commercials at Alltel Stadium on Saturday, June 18.

Billed as the "Ultimate Fan Casting Call," the team is inviting thousands of energetic season ticket holders of all ages to arrive dressed in their favorite Jaguars game day attire. Drawings for special Jaguars prize packs will also take place for casting call participants.

Fans who want to participate in the shoot must arrive at the stadium that day by 10:00 a.m., and should enter through Gate 4 and proceed to the Bud Zone, which is located in the South end of the Stadium. Complimentary parking is available in Lot D.

"Jaguars fans are the best in the NFL and I can think of no better way to show true team spirit in a television commercial than to have real fans giving their all in support of their team," said Wayne Weaver, Jaguars Chairman and CEO. "Capturing the excitement and passion I see every Sunday during home games is our goal – and I know our great fans will deliver."

Filming television commercials as well as recent movies such as John Travolta's "Lonely Hearts" has become a thriving industry in Jacksonville. Jacksonville's Film and Television Commission estimates that hundreds of commercials are filmed somewhere in Jacksonville every year. The entire industry is estimated to contribute nearly $100 million to the local economy annually and give thousands of people the chance to appear on-camera.

"Participating in a casting call is a great way for people to get experience in front of a camera," said Todd Roobin, chief of Jacksonville's Film and Television Commission. "We are pleased to work with the Jaguars on this fun and exciting endeavor."

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