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Weaver happy about Jaguars' season-ticket renewal rate

As the Jaguars try to recover from a season that featured home crowds in the lower reaches of 40,000, owner Wayne Weaver said at the annual meetings in Orlando that he is encouraged by the early sales for 2010, in the wake of last week’s initial deadline for season-ticket renewals.

I think it came in really well,” Weaver said Monday, per Michael C. Wright of the Florida Times-Union.  “Our renewal rate is going to be
way up compared to the past.  We’ve got a long way to go, but it’s moving
well.”

As Wright explains it, Friday’s deadline applied to the eight-month payment plan, which includes eligibility for various prizes, like a trip to one of the team’s road games, where fans might be able to experience the thrill of a full NFL stadium.  (Unless the game is in Tampa.)

The team’s official web site currently shows that 16,242 season tickets have been renewed, and that 29,418 tickets per game must be sold to avoid local blackouts.  Last season, only one of ten home games met the minimum threshold for sales, permitting the contest to be televised locally.

I’ve been to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium for a couple of Gator Bowls, and it’s a first-rate facility.  Jacksonville also is, in our view, a first-rate town.  So we continue to be flummoxed by the failure of the locals to fill the place up.  It’s NFL football, folks — and with another year or two of 40,000 fans per game, it won’t be NFL football for much longer.

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16 Responses to “Weaver happy about Jaguars' season-ticket renewal rate”
  1. ladybucs&steelersnut says: Mar 23, 2010 8:34 AM

    Oh, Mike… ya had to get a dig in on my poor hapless Bucs, didn’t ya?
    I’m expecting this season for you to be reporting on the Bucs as one of the teams doomed to local blackouts, on more than one Sunday. Can they go to London again so we can watch that “home game”?

  2. rasalas says: Mar 23, 2010 8:38 AM

    The lame joke would have worked if the Jags actually played Tampa in 2010.

  3. Bob says: Mar 23, 2010 8:57 AM

    “It’s NFL football” — National Football League football?
    Stick with “It’s the NFL.”

  4. bigfog says: Mar 23, 2010 8:58 AM

    Florio, if I search your archives I can easily many stories about Jacksonville’s woes and it’s clear that you don’t have warm fuzzy feelings about the town. Drop the charade.

  5. JAG880 says: Mar 23, 2010 9:02 AM

    That fuel gage hasn’t been updated since before the most recent deadline. More than those 16,242 have been renewed at this point. The number is closer to 19,500 now. I know there will be a lot of jokes made, but this is a huge improvement over this point last year, and the new sales are much more than last year.

  6. Alfie says: Mar 23, 2010 9:07 AM

    The Jaguars will likely play in Tampa during the pre-season since they hosted Tampa last pre-season.

  7. DRJ says: Mar 23, 2010 9:17 AM

    Gauge has been updated. It’s now 71% renewals as of Monday and with the 30/30 plan folks have until the end of March. Goal is 85% which with new sales would eclipse last year season ticket sales and it’s only March. Still have the draft and 4 months to sell the remaining. With Tony Bosseli and team teals efforts they should sell out the season or be very close. Instead of having to sell 15K tickets to televise games it should be 0 or at worse 2-3K per game which is doable. Way to go Team Teal and Jaguar fans. The response has been great!

  8. MessExpress says: Mar 23, 2010 9:45 AM

    LA awaits!!

  9. gopher says: Mar 23, 2010 9:48 AM

    I always enjoy reading about how fans are not supporting their teams and blackouts happens, this reading is provided by sportswriters who do not have to pay a dime to get into the games and then fill up their guts with free food.

  10. evilboy128 says: Mar 23, 2010 10:42 AM

    someone must have jabbed Florio about his Jaguar hate and explained “karma” to him. Still…he has to write about 40 more “positive” Jaguar stories to even sniff a reporting balance. One search into the jaguar stories on PFT shows the sad balance toward the negative…but…”crawl before you walk” as they say.

  11. Jag4Life says: Mar 23, 2010 10:45 AM

    Florio says “I’ve been to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium for a couple of Gator Bowls, and it’s a first-rate facility. Jacksonville also is, in our view, a first-rate town. So we continue to be flummoxed by the failure of the locals to fill the place up.”
    Dude, you’ve never said nothing of the sort, ever. Now you pucker up your lips and kiss up. Sounds like someone TOLD you to stop writing doom and gloom about JAX every article you write and say something nice for once. Just stick to the script and keep up with the bashing. Next year you’ll find another team and city to bash so you can continue to feel good about your little man complex. Jax will get the last laugh.

  12. notsosmart says: Mar 23, 2010 10:47 AM

    Tebow will own this team before its over.

  13. 1JagFan says: Mar 23, 2010 12:12 PM

    Gopher you hit the nail on the head. I would like to know how many season tickets Florio has bought in the past.
    Put a competitive/winning team on the field and the fans will show up. Gene Smith is well on the way to doing that.

  14. JaxJagtixholder says: Mar 23, 2010 2:31 PM

    @ Florio: “I’ve been to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium for a couple of Gator Bowls, and it’s a first-rate facility. Jacksonville also is, in our view, a first-rate town.”
    Who are you and what have you done with Florio?

  15. Bious says: Mar 23, 2010 6:43 PM

    And that number is still quite low
    When they lose, their numbers will drop through the floor.
    They are gone to LA where they should be

  16. afcjags03 says: Mar 23, 2010 10:50 PM

    bla blah blah LA lovers, don’t you have have jobs to create and an economy to repair? All your pro teams need new stadiums, you should be looking at teams inside your own state as opposed to all the way across the country.
    We will see how fickle LA fans are once USC crumbles this year.

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