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Jags remove some tarps for Sunday

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Jags owner Shahid Khan eventually wants to remove all tarps from EverBank Field.  He’ll start by removing some.

Specifically, the tarps will be lifted from Section 403 for Sunday’s game against the Bears.

“We’re pleased with demand for tickets for this game and we’re thrilled to be able to make additional tickets available to our fans,” Jaguars President Mark Lamping said.

They should be thrilled, given that the home game against the Bears comes a week after a 27-10 home loss to the Bengals.  Coupled with the 27-7 Week Two home loss to the Texans, the 1-3 Jags have been outscored 54-17 on their home field this season.

The tarped seats don’t factor in to the team’s minimum threshold for lifting the local blackout.  Instead, any tarped tickets are gravy, with the NFL getting half of the revenue generated.

The tickets that had been tarped in section 403 are available at $35 each.

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  1. rmiller517 says: Oct 4, 2012 12:57 PM

    $35 for a jags game? i dont care if they suck, tix are $90 in philly / ny. bargain.

  2. urushma says: Oct 4, 2012 12:59 PM

    The Bears should get a big cut because it’ll be their fans in those seats.

  3. b7p19 says: Oct 4, 2012 12:59 PM

    “The tickets that had been tarped in section 403 are available at $35 each.”

    Thats unreal. It costs $200+ for me to get into the linc while I enter my 13th year on the waiting list…

  4. msminutemen says: Oct 4, 2012 1:00 PM

    Sadly, I’m betting the demand is from Bear fans, not Jag fans.

  5. rjg427 says: Oct 4, 2012 1:01 PM

    “We’re pleased with demand for tickets for this game and we’re thrilled to be able to make additional tickets available to our fans,”

    lol I think they should be thanking the bears fans

  6. omeezyx says: Oct 4, 2012 1:01 PM

    Tarp City!!!

  7. dannymac17 says: Oct 4, 2012 1:01 PM

    35 bucks each?

    Thats a steal compared to San Diego considering the lowest price is still like 60+ dollars with horrible sight lines in a terrible stadium.

    Good for the Jags.

  8. niners816 says: Oct 4, 2012 1:02 PM

    It’s sad when the Bears will probably have more fans there than Jags fans.

  9. wend28 says: Oct 4, 2012 1:02 PM

    Yea, they are giving out tickets for more Bears fans to see their team in Jacksonville. If you thought there was a lot in Dallas on Monday night, just wait and see how many will fill up Jacksonville. And no, I’m not a Bears fan either.

  10. whatnojets says: Oct 4, 2012 1:03 PM

    I guess that the Jags ran out of brown paper bags and now need to use the tarps as replacements.

  11. dewjags says: Oct 4, 2012 1:04 PM

    Go Jags!!!

  12. bahoto34 says: Oct 4, 2012 1:04 PM

    Don’t be too happy….you’re selling more tickets because bears fans usually travel well. Ask dallas about all the bears fans at cowboys stadium. but hey, if you’re happy with selling tickets, then right on

  13. crazycane says: Oct 4, 2012 1:10 PM

    Went to a Dolphins/Bears game on Thursday night a couple of years ago and it was ALL Bears fans. Next to the Steelers, I don’t think any team travels as well as the Bears.

  14. jrock3x8 says: Oct 4, 2012 1:12 PM

    those seats will be filled with bears fans!

  15. golonger says: Oct 4, 2012 1:14 PM

    So…this is technically a road game for both the Bears and the L.A. Jaguars?

  16. skoobyfl says: Oct 4, 2012 1:16 PM

    FL produces football players, not fans.

  17. emma333 says: Oct 4, 2012 1:17 PM

    This is being accomplished due to the fact that the Jaguars didn’t take the 85% option that Tampa and some others did. Prior to that the tarps could not be removed for any games. It is a step in the right direction for a team with an oversized stadium that hasn’t had a blackout since 2009. These seats are in the upper outer rafters, good for the team for pricing them right. Plus, that way those extra Bears fans can be up where they can’t cause too much trouble.

  18. johnnyjagfan says: Oct 4, 2012 1:17 PM

    Go Jags!! That game last week was an embarassment. The only reason for being there was Freddy’s number being retired.

    If the same Bears team shows up that was in Dallas last week, we’ll get torn apart.

    C’mon, OL! Give us a chance!

  19. losangeleschargers17 says: Oct 4, 2012 1:20 PM

    Sd needs to invest in some of these ‘tarps’ I’m tired of the blackouts. Nobody wants to pay 100+ to go down to Qualcomm.

  20. maddenisfordorks says: Oct 4, 2012 1:22 PM

    Who is happy?? This was a local announcement … not something we were trumpeting to the galaxy.

  21. jvillenole says: Oct 4, 2012 1:25 PM

    Great! I am on my way down to that game myself as we speak. The more Bears fans the better. They can all go home sad when the Jags finally show what they are capable of. I love that Bears fans automatically chaulk this up as a win. “That is why they play the game.” Go Jags!

  22. kevo126 says: Oct 4, 2012 1:26 PM

    Wow and to think they got a team before Baltimore.

  23. thevza says: Oct 4, 2012 1:30 PM

    EverBank Field, aka Soldier Field South, should add some deep dish pizza to the snack bar to accommodate its patrons this week.

  24. joetoronto says: Oct 4, 2012 1:30 PM

    “The tickets that had been tarped in section 403 are available at $35 each.”

    Or, you can come to Toronto and watch 2 teams play that aren’t yours for only 500 a piece.

  25. northshorejag says: Oct 4, 2012 1:32 PM

    Khan you dig it!

  26. classygentleman7 says: Oct 4, 2012 1:35 PM

    I wouldn’t get too excited if I was a Jags fan, that place will be Soldier Field South on Sunday.

    In other news, the Jags are pressing to host the Cowboys, Steelers, and Packers every season.

  27. justintuckrule says: Oct 4, 2012 1:37 PM

    b7p19 says:
    Oct 4, 2012 12:59 PM
    “The tickets that had been tarped in section 403 are available at $35 each.”

    Thats unreal. It costs $200+ for me to get into the linc while I enter my 13th year on the waiting list…
    —————–
    Plus, you have to figure in 50+ years of annual heartbreak which is impossible to quantify.

  28. blaineondemhoes says: Oct 4, 2012 1:43 PM

    This is clearly in response to that juggernaut Jaguars offense. 17 points in two home games? I mean who can even keep up with it?

  29. crisper57 says: Oct 4, 2012 1:44 PM

    My tickets to the Cardinals game (upper deck, 50 yard line) are $80 apiece. And I thought I was getting a bargain!

  30. zoxitic says: Oct 4, 2012 1:44 PM

    Its going to be a long trip home for you Bears fans after you lose in this classic trap game

  31. nflhof says: Oct 4, 2012 1:46 PM

    So does this mean the Chargers are moving to LA?

  32. giablommi says: Oct 4, 2012 1:46 PM

    It’s $40 just for the privilege to park a mile’s walk from Gillette Stadium. $35 for a game ticket? I don’t care how bad the team is, no excuse for any unsold tickets.

  33. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 4, 2012 1:54 PM

    They need the tarps for the shroud to bury their season in.

  34. mungman69 says: Oct 4, 2012 2:02 PM

    $35 a ticket plus $20 parking and another $100 or so for food and drink = $190 for two bad seats to watch one bad team. The game isn’t blacked out in Chi-town so I’ll stay home.

  35. nbcruinedpft says: Oct 4, 2012 2:09 PM

    jvillenole says:
    Oct 4, 2012 1:25 PM
    Great! I am on my way down to that game myself as we speak. The more Bears fans the better. They can all go home sad when the Jags finally show what they are capable of. I love that Bears fans automatically chaulk this up as a win. “That is why they play the game.” Go Jags!

    __________________________

    Not this Bears fan…NO NFL game should be taken for granted…”any given Sunday” and all that.

    Plus, I remember what the Jags did to the Ravens in prime time last year (which was fun for this MD resident to watch!)

    Also recognize, it’s plenty of YOUR (Jags) fans are saying things like:
    “If the same Bears team shows up that was in Dallas last week, we’ll get torn apart.”

    But no – I think presumptuous trash-talk is classless, and brings about bad karma.
    The pre-game chest-thumping, arrogance, and presumption is the stuff of Packer & Vikings fans, not (real) Bears fans.

    But having said – it’s also hard to ignore the empirical reality of the first 4 weeks of this season for these two teams. You also have to figure the Bears are going to have an added emotional edge thanks to MJD’s ignorant tweet-smear on Cutler after the MCL tear during the NFC Championship game the year before last.

    Don’t think for a second Cutler and his teammate have forgotten that insult.

    In any case – best of luck to the Jags…

    AFTER this week, of course. ;-)

  36. mialto says: Oct 4, 2012 2:21 PM

    $100 bet these are Chicago Fans traveling to Jacksonville…ticket, flight, hotel, transportation still cheaper than buying a Soldier Field ticket.

  37. blaineondemhoes says: Oct 4, 2012 2:24 PM

    Those seats (the one’s not tarped) usually sell for $60 in the upper deck so that’s a steal. From what I understand if those sell out then they’ll open up another section Friday.

  38. footballisking says: Oct 4, 2012 2:32 PM

    So sad that only struggling teams have realistic and reasonable prices :(…..$35 for solid teams you can’t even park in the same zip-code as the stadium

  39. hrudey says: Oct 4, 2012 2:32 PM

    Any given Sunday indeed, but unless Cutler giveth, I doubt the Jaguars will taketh away. Good luck to the Bears as well.

    Nice to see some positive comments about this. I mean, even with the tarps, the Jaguars have had higher attendance at their two home games than the Bears have at theirs, though nobody doubts that the Bears could easily sell out another 20,000 seats if they were there.

  40. gpry says: Oct 4, 2012 2:40 PM

    and to think this city got a team in expansion over Baltimore??

  41. jcjaguar says: Oct 4, 2012 2:45 PM

    How many Bears fans would be there if the Bears were as bad as the Jags are this year (and have been for the last 5 years)??? Some, but not as many….Just sayin’

  42. drhenning says: Oct 4, 2012 2:56 PM

    Actually, Season ticketholders only can buy for $35.. On TicketMaster, the price is $40+++… Also high rollers can still buy club seats at $200+ each..

    There are still secondary market tickets out there but these tickets undercut those prices…

    Good for Jags… And it is correct that because the team opted not to take the 85% option that they could open up additional seats.. But it is additional gameday revenue..

    I guess there will be no coin-toss tickets this week.. This could be the biggest Jags crowd in 7 years…. we’ll see..

  43. briggsisbrokeagain says: Oct 4, 2012 2:59 PM

    I wish all you Jags fans well after Sunday, and if Bear fans are bringing your team some much needed revenue, then that’s great, glad to help. Personally, I dug it when Tampa was in our division and we could get to FLA every year because of it to watch a game. We love ya Florida.

  44. derrickbrooks4president says: Oct 4, 2012 2:59 PM

    Maybe 10 percent of the Bears fan in attendance will travel there. The rest live in J-ville. It’s a fallacy that the Pack fans, or Giants fans or Duh Bears fans travel well. The truth is the franchises have been around long enough to have built a large fan base and those fans don’t live in the area the team represents.

  45. jwayne03 says: Oct 4, 2012 3:08 PM

    Tampa needs some damn tarps… Our tickets are only $30 a game and still can’t even hit the 86% needed to have game on local TV.

  46. rmal83 says: Oct 4, 2012 3:56 PM

    I wish tickets were that cheap for Cowboy games! Unless you want to stand up all day and get a party pass but that doesn’t guarantee you to have a view of the field!

  47. howiehandles says: Oct 4, 2012 4:00 PM

    Trap game/tarp game, meh.

    Bears fans would still travel to see this game, just as the Tampa game was cheaper way to see your team, and get some sun as well.

    I’d consider it a trap game if the team wasn’t so full of vets, especially on D. Only way I see them losing this game is if Cutler is bad Jay on Sunday.

    And for 35 bucks a game, if you can’t get over the threshold, they need to move that team. Cubs tickets are more than that, and they really suck.

  48. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 4, 2012 4:29 PM

    well that’s nice.

  49. larryboodry says: Oct 4, 2012 4:45 PM

    I think this is great for fans in the Jacksonville area, whoever they root for…As for the game, gotta hope the Bears bring the Dallas version and not the Green Bay version…(-;

  50. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 4, 2012 4:51 PM

    they need to tarp that whole stadium and team and send them to LA like they are intending on doing

  51. covercorner says: Oct 4, 2012 5:02 PM

    I would rather have $35 $1 menu items than a seat in Tarp City.

  52. christopher525 says: Oct 4, 2012 5:35 PM

    Pretty sad, the Bucs can’t sell 85% of their non-premium seats, yet a losing Jags team with “no fans” is ADDING seats to their game.

  53. nflfan1326 says: Oct 4, 2012 5:47 PM

    Keep in mind EverBank Field WITH TARPS seats 5k MORE than Soldier Field. Attendance will be 67k Sunday, a number the Bears can’t get to because their stadium seats 62k. Just putting some facts out there.

  54. apistolpeteproduction says: Oct 4, 2012 5:53 PM

    Ia m not sure why people don’t quite understand that the $35 tickets are a one time special on top of the 67105 regular seats that are not tarped. The same upper deck seats next too those sections sell out for every game at $60 a ticket, still a great price by NFL standards. This is a good sign of Jacksonville overselling the allotted stadium size due to our large, college bowl game hosting stadium. I am a season ticket holder and while I am sure there will be alot of bears fans, we will still have 50-55kk Jags fans easy. The stadium is always full, but we have air conditioning and bars in the Bud Zone at the south endzone which a lot of people prefer versus their seats in the 100 degree heat and humidity. You can stand and drink and watch the game on both tvs, the jumbotron, and the field itself. If we played all our games at night time, the stadium would always be overflowing. In Jacksonville until November, its hot and rainy at game time.

  55. i10east says: Oct 4, 2012 7:08 PM

    The Jag haters love to get a shot in while the can, even if their witty comments have zero substance to them.

  56. higgy5353 says: Oct 4, 2012 8:23 PM

    I hope MJD gets hurts!!! Long live Cutler!!!!!!

  57. jagsfan2012 says: Oct 4, 2012 11:45 PM

    People may make fun of the Jags for tarps, however, this is our 85% blackout rule. We have a stadium of 67,000; the Jags haven’t had a blackout in 3 years and won’t have one this year.

    Our friends, the Bears, have a stadium of 62,000.

    The Jags have had 2 years of bad attendance in 18 years but we are slammed for it. 2 years we’ve had attendance 60,000.

    I have since moved to KC and the same empathy exists there (BTW…They had a blackout in 2010). Win, they will come.

  58. golonger says: Oct 5, 2012 11:24 AM

    Great promotional idea…2 for 1 sale!…

  59. brennankm46 says: Oct 5, 2012 12:39 PM

    To all complaining about prices of $80, $90, $100+ tickets…look at Bears prices. It’s damn near cheaper to fly to Jacksonville and buy a ticket then it is to go a game at Soldier.

    400 level at Soldier? Say adios to at least $175.

  60. brennankm46 says: Oct 5, 2012 12:46 PM

    jagsfan2012 says: Oct 4, 2012 11:45 PM

    People may make fun of the Jags for tarps, however, this is our 85% blackout rule. We have a stadium of 67,000; the Jags haven’t had a blackout in 3 years and won’t have one this year.

    Our friends, the Bears, have a stadium of 62,000.

    ————————————————–
    That’s where this comparison ends, friend. The Bears boast a waiting list for season tickets that is slightly less astronomical than the Packers, only because the Bears eschew the gimmick of not cutting off the waiting list after 10 years. Also, as my post above explains, compare the ticket prices. The Jags are practically giving tickets away–it couldn’t be more opposite at Soldier Field.

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