The two minor-league teams are next-door neighbors on either side of A. Phillip Randolph Boulevard. On Saturday, March 31, the Jacksonville Icemen will play as the "Frozen Shrimp", in partnership with their baseball neighbors the Jumbo Shrimp.

The neighbors have both been marketing successes in the past year. The Jumbo Shrimp increased their attendance 23 percent last season over the 2016 Suns, while the first year Icemen have been in the top five in attendance in the 27 team ECHL.

Jumbo Shrimp fans (and anyone else) can get discounted tickets to the game by using promo code "SHRIMP" at this link.

The Icemen also host the Stingrays on March 30 at Veterans Memorial Arena.

News and Notes:

  • The Jacksonville Armada have made a couple of schedule changes, pushing their NPSL home opener back until June 2. The team will now play their first game at Miami FC on April 28 and will play their first four regular season games on the road. The team says they will use the delay to enhance the fan experience at home games.
  • Training camp for the 2018 Jacksonville Sharks season last Sunday. The defending National Arena League champions will host a ticket pickup event Saturday for season ticket holders and sponsors at University Christian School on Saturday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Players and coaches will be introduced and the dance team will perform. Sharks season tickets start at just $75. More information is available at jaxsharks.com.

Back in the Minors author Neal Bennett is the former Digital Director at First Coast News and currently works for the station's owner, TEGNA Media. He's a big fan of all of Jacksonville's minor league teams and attends dozens of games per year.