For the first time since 2005, the Jaguars will sell tickets for the entirety of EverBank Field, the team announced Monday.
The team will remove tarps in the upper west deck, opening up 3,501 additional seats. The move comes after the Jaguars temporarily removed the tarps for the team's home playoff game against the Buffalo Bills last month.
“Getting rid of the tarps has been our goal since Shad Khan purchased the team in 2012. Given the strength of our home schedule and the enthusiasm from the community, we will move forward without the tarps in 2018,” said Jaguars President Mark Lamping in a team-issued press release.
“Our fans created a real home field advantage for our final 2017 regular season games and home playoff appearance. We want to make sure that same home field advantage is a reality every time the Jaguars take the field this fall by giving fans access to even more affordable tickets. Season tickets in these newly opened areas will be priced at $45 per game.”
The Jaguars will host the likes of the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets and Washington Redskins this upcoming season. The new seating options will allow the Jaguars to build on their home-field advantage established last year.
The Jaguars were 6-0 (including the playoffs) at home following the team's Week 8 bye.
The Jaguars had the lowest average ticket price in the league last season. The team said season ticket prices will increase by an average of 10.9 percent. The Jaguars said the increases will vary across seating areas.
The team's season-ticket campaign started Monday. Existing season-ticket members received renewal notices via email. Those season-ticket members have until March 9 to renew. If they do not renew by that date, the Jaguars will open up their tickets to potential customers.
The Jaguars said the team's sales department has already taken more than 5,000 deposits from new season-ticket purchasers.
On top of the tarp seating announcement, the Jaguars confirmed the team will wear new uniforms this season. The plan is to unveil those new uniforms in the spring.
The current US Assure Club and Suites season-ticket holders and Fields Auto Group Terrace Suite season-ticket holders will receive an authentic 2018 personalized Jaguars jersey when they renew their seats for next fall.
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