Comments on: Jaguars have some roar left in them yet The Reuters global sports blog Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:27:51 +0000 hourly 1 By: simongevans Wed, 15 Sep 2010 16:51:59 +0000 Thanks for the kind words and positive response to the blog post and ‘rbanditt’ I really did meet some nice people in and around the stadium. I generally find football fans to be good talkers and that was certainly true in Jacksonville.

I saw the shuttle (it ran from my hotel) and I thought that was a very good service – shows commitment (and common sense) from the city. How long has that been in place?

I guess if I was a (casual) fan the one thing that would put me off – would be the lack of shade in the stadium. It was over 90 degrees on Sunday and people just had their hats for protection. Is there anything that can be done about that? A partial roof ever been discussed?

WmThomas – good point about the recession. The NFL isn’t a cheap day out is it? Thats a problem that Premier League soccer faces in the UK where some fans have been priced out. Do you feel ticket prices are fair at the Jags?

Anyway – I’ll be back in Jacksonville soon and I am sure there will be a big crowd for the Colts game.

Thanks again for the feedback and all the best.

By: rbanditt Wed, 15 Sep 2010 14:09:14 +0000 Thank you so much for the honest and refreshing look at Jacksonville Jaguars fans! You will never meet a nicer and more enthusiast group of people.

There is nothing like the atmosphere downtown before a game. And the city goes above and beyond to provide economical and safe shuttle services (with air conditioning, none the less) to aid in the transport to and from the stadium from I-95. For $7 you can catch a shuttle and receive a coupon for a free drink/snack at the game!

My husband and I drive 2 hours one way to watch our team play and have never had any regrets. I am proud to be a Jaguar!

By: WmThomas Wed, 15 Sep 2010 14:01:39 +0000 Thank you for takling the time to come to Jacksonville and delivery an honest account. That’s more than anyone at ESPN has done.
One thing I’d like to point out is that Jacksonville will have sold out it’s first 5 home games and is about to embark on a cross country trip to San Diego. The Chargers have 8000 unsold tickets and are in danger of blacking out their home opener.
The recession is tough on everybody. I just wish the national media would begin to understand we’re not giving up our team.

By: Hjaxmacs Wed, 15 Sep 2010 13:47:59 +0000 Great read. Jacksonville is a great football city. Despite record heat, the fans turned out and cheered for their Jags. I really enjoyed the respect given to REAL football fans and not executives in suits sitting in boxes. Jacksonville has real fans, not guys given tickets for acquiring new accounts at the firm.

By: JAGFAN105 Wed, 15 Sep 2010 10:16:51 +0000 Jacksonville has the smallest market area of any NFL city, yet every Sunday, 1 in 20 residents is at the stadium cheering on the Jags. If 1 in 20 residents of an 8,000,000-populated city did the same, they’d need a stadium holding 400,000 people.
Don’t equate the size of the crowd with the enthusiasm for pro football in Jacksonville. It’s every bit as enthusiastic as any other NFL city.

By: mark-meadows Wed, 15 Sep 2010 08:46:37 +0000 The London Jaguars would be daft.One off games at Wembley get interest but the Monarchs soon disappeared. Too much travelling too for teams. I love it when they change cities but the old team name no longer makes sense. When the Houston Oilers went to Tennessee I think Im right that they were called the Tennessee Oilers at first despite there being little oil in the state. Titans was much better.
Similar story if the Seattle Seahawks ever move inland….

By: GuysGirl Wed, 15 Sep 2010 02:59:22 +0000 Thank you for representing the fans of Jacksonville. We love our team and you did a great job of telling our story. Doesn’t happen too often for us!