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ARENA: Jacksonville Sharks Achieve Full Capacity for Home Games

JACKSONVILLE – The 2019 National Arena League Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced today that all Sharks 2021 home games will be allowed full capacity for fan attendance.

This decision was supported by the Jacksonville Sharks organization and the Mayor’s Office of the City of Jacksonville who are mutually aligned with bringing back family affordable fun to Jacksonville this summer with the Sharks opening home game kicking off Saturday, June 12 at 7pm.

The recent decision serves as a benchmark of progress for the city of Jacksonville and the state of Florida as many indoor venues across the nation continue to be held at capacity restrictions. These restrictions have led many sports teams to shut down or go dormant. Such was the case for NAL league member the West Virginia Roughriders, who like the Sharks came off a championship season in 2019 and were slated to be the season opener opponent for the Sharks in 2020.

In 2019, the Jacksonville Sharks achieved a record breaking year posting a 15-1 record and a 14-game winning streak that led to the Sharks hoisting their second National Arena League Championship trophy. The team also set records for the year end NAL awards including Franchise of the Year, Best Head Coach, Best Assistant Coach, Best Fans, Best Medical Team, Best Dance Team, and Best Game Day Experience. After a long cautious year of waiting, the National Arena League Champions will be returning to the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena and more importantly so will the NAL’s best fan base “Shark Nation.

While masks are not mandatory they are encouraged for those who choose to wear them. We will continue to work to create a safe & healthy environment for each game during the 2021 season. The city’s crucial decision to act now to support the team in this goal will not only be a step in the right direction for the team.

In 2019 the Sharks averaged over 7,000 fans a game and boasted nearly 9,000 fans for the National Arena League Championship game that was hosted in Jacksonville in August, 2019. The Sharks ability to have full capacity with the league’s best fans only improves the team odds towards bringing a third National Arena League title to Jacksonville. The Shark tank is one of the toughest arenas for visiting teams to play in as proven by the team’s 68-27 home record.

“The decision to have fans back in the arena is awesome. It’s been a tough year, not sure what we would have done without the support of our fans. We’re excited to get back into the arena and start playing some football.” said Sharks President Steve Curran.

2021 Sharks Home Schedule
*All Home Games are at 7 p.m., EST
Sat. June 12  vs.  Carolina Cobras

Sat. June 26  vs.  Albany Empire
Sat. July  17  vs.  Columbus Lions

Sat. July  24  vs.  Orlando Predators 

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