The Jacksonville Jaguars' regular season opener against the Tennessee Titans at EverBank Field on Sunday, September 11 will include a special tribute to the courage and resilience that followed the events of September 11, 2001, as part of a wider NFL remembrance.
The NFL, its players and fans will commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11 with special tributes in-stadium, on-field and on television during all games on Sunday, September 11.
The games and broadcasts on opening Sunday will unite fans to recognize those who lost their lives, honor the families who lost loved ones, and salute the American spirit, the early responders on 9/11, and other heroes that contributed to the nation's recovery.
Events at EverBank Field during the pregame build-up and at halftime of the Jaguars vs. Titans game will include the following:
- All games in each of the broadcast windows (1 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and Sunday Night Football) will feature a special video introduction followed by performances of "Taps" from near the sites of the attacks and moments of silence. "Taps" will be performed in Shanksville, Pa. during the 1 p.m. games and will be broadcast on the video screens at EverBank Field.
- Following "Taps" a full-field American Flag will be held by military personnel for the National Anthem. Coaches and players of both teams will come together to hold the flag alongside military personnel from the First Coast.
- A flyover of F-15's from the 125thFighter Wing of the Florida Air National Guard will be flown following the national anthem in remembrance of those who were lost on 9/11.
- Halftime will feature a 9/11 tribute involving over 300 Navy Sailors, "Amazing Grace" on bagpipes, a performance of "God Bless America" and a parachute jump by the SOCOM "Para-Commandos."
- Jaguars and Titans players, coaches and sideline personnel will wear a special NFL 9/11 ribbon as a patch or pin on their uniforms and sideline apparel.
- All stadiums hosting games on September 11 will feature the ribbon logo on the field. The ribbon logo will also be featured on lamp post and stadium concourse banners at EverBank Field.
In addition to these events, items wore by Jaguars and Titans players during the game will be signed and auctioned on nfl.com following the game to benefit 9/11 charities. These items, which fans can bid on at www.NFL.com/Auction, will include game-worn autographed player jerseys, coaches and player hats, and commemorative game coins used during the games.
NFL auction proceeds will be divided equally between Tuesday's Children and MyGoodDeed. Tuesday's Children is a leading organization providing support and services to those who lost a loved one on 9/11, as well as to rescue and recovery workers who responded to the events.
NFL auction proceeds from 9/11/11 are expected to total at least $250,000. Including $750,000 in charitable donations to the national 9/11 memorials, total NFL-NFLPA donations will reach $1 million.
It was announced on Tuesday that the National Football League and the NFL Players Association will contribute $1 million to three memorials and two charities related to the events of September 11, 2001.
The NFL and NFLPA will contribute $500,000 to the 9/11 Museum & Memorial in Lower Manhattan, and $250,000 to be divided between the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa. and the Pentagon Memorial Fund in Washington, D.C.
With over 9,000 seats still remaining to be sold for the Tennessee game, the Jaguars Ticket Office will continue to extend opening hours to encourage fans to attend the regular season opener at EverBank Field.
Fans are being encouraged to buy early and not wait until the day of game. Fans can save up to 17% on the price of their tickets by purchasing before game day for each of the Jaguars' eight remaining 2011 home games with either the four-game "Flex Pack" or single-game tickets.
Fans are also encouraged to arrive early on September 11thto be a part of the remembrance and commemoration. Those fans who cannot attend the September 11thgame are being encouraged to donate tickets to the USO by calling the Jaguars Ticket Office at (904) 633-2000 or by visiting www.jaguars.com/donate.
The Jaguars Ticket Office will be open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., Monday through Friday through September 9th, and from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 10th.
Following the Titans game, the Jaguars Ticket Office will go back to regular office hours, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and the Saturday prior to every home game from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The Ticket Office will be open this Saturday, August 27thfrom 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., but will be closed Labor Day weekend (including Saturday, September 3 and Monday, September 5).