JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars will play at EverBank Field Sunday.
The Jaguars' 2017 Week 2 game against the Tennessee Titans will be played at EverBank Field Sunday as planned, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Jaguars President Mark Lamping announced Tuesday afternoon.
The game's date and location had been in doubt because of the effects of Hurricane Irma in recent days in Jacksonville and surrounding areas.
"The Jacksonville Jaguars will play their home game in Jacksonville this Sunday," Curry said.
The Jaguars (1-0) and Titans (0-1) will play at EverBank Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lamping said EverBank Field passed its final post-storm inspection by the NFL Tuesday afternoon "thanks to hard work by" Sports Management Group, Jacksonville Electric Authority and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
"We're able to confirm we'll be hosting the Titans as scheduled," Lamping said. "It's so important on so many different levels that we show the world on Sunday that Jacksonville is open for business."
Lamping also said the team will donate 5,000 tickets for the game to both first responders and local residents affected by Hurricane Irma. Lamping said a portion of the tickets will go directly to first responders and volunteer organizations, with an additional allotment made available through the Jaguars' Hurricane Irma Relief Ticker Offer.
Lamping said area residents can visit www.jaguars.com/jaxasone to register for free tickets that will be randomly selected.
"You can't start this without being so thankful for the work that these really hard-working men and women have put into make all of us feel safer and protect us," Lamping said.
Curry added that the decision was "not simply about football."
"This is about bringing our city and our community together," Curry said. "This is about getting back to normal operations. Jacksonville was on the way up before this and continues to be on the way up."
Curry added, "We will recover and we rebuild, and that is happening now."