The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced measures to help protect fans from the COVID-19 pandemic by decreasing the number of people allowed in TIAA Bank Field on game day.
Jacksonville Jaguars season ticket holders are feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic before the team heads to training camp later this month.
Through a letter sent out by the franchise on Friday, the Jaguars are limiting their seating capacity to 25-percent of what TIAA Bank Field can hold. What this means is 16,791 fans will be allowed to enter the stadium on game day and according to the franchise, will be required to wear a mask during the game.
"Per Jaguars.com, “The health and safety of the entire Jaguars family, including our fans, remains our highest priority. Alongside our stadium partners and national and local healthcare experts, we have and will continue to work diligently to develop new protocols to ensure our team can return to the field with a clear focus on winning and our fans can return to the stadium with peace of mind.”"
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With Duval County now one of the “hot spots” in the state of Florida for new COVID-19 cases, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the city are taking necessary precautions to protect not only the fans but the players and everyone involved in the game-day experience.
This is just part of the process, as the Jaguars explained.
"As part of the team’s website’s message, “All season tickets will be returned, and funds paid to date will be credited to accounts. Any payments scheduled for July have been canceled. Season ticket members will have the opportunity to apply credited funds towards the purchase of tickets this season or in 2021.”"
The NFL has been working closely with the CDC and government and state regulations regarding the Coronavirus. It has been determined that training camp for all 32 teams will start on time. The Jaguars, who were 6-10 last season, used the offseason to install both a new offense with Jay Gruden as the team’s new offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator Todd Wash through a virtual classroom.
When asked about the offseason in June, head coach Doug Marrone praised both the players and coaches for making the necessary adjustments with the changes in how the team and the other 31 NFL franchises adapted to football without face-to-face contact.
According to the Jaguars public relations department, the 25-percent capacity the stadium is being limited to for each home game could change. But those changes or increases will depend on what happens with the health, safety, and wellbeing of everyone involved in the game day process.