With a home playoff game on tap, the Jacksonville Jaguars are planning to remove tarps that cover several sections of upper deck seating at EverBank Field.
In its normal configuration, EverBank Field has several sections of seating in its upper deck that are covered by a tarp. However, demand for playoff tickets prompted the Jaguars to look into removing the covers in order to make additional seats available.
For that plan to move forward, the Jaguars had to receive permission from a pair of sponsors and the NFL. The team announced on Thursday that its request had received approved through the proper channels, allowing the extra 3,501 seats to be available for playoff action. More from The Florida Times-Union:
During the regular season, the NFL prohibits a change in seating capacity and sponsorships for the tarps are sold on a season-long contract.
But after Wednesday’s quick sellout, the Jaguars asked and received permission from the NFL and two sponsors — Navy Mutual and FDOT’s “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow,” campaign — to remove certain tarps.
In a statement, the Jaguars said they are “grateful to the league and our gracious sponsors for allowing even more fans to be there to experience the Jaguars’ first home playoff game in nearly two decades.”
The upcoming NFL playoffs will mark the first since 2000 in which the Jaguars have hosted a playoff game at EverBank Field. In that year, the facility–then known as Alltel Stadium–was the site of two playoff contests, including the Jaguars’ loss in the AFC Championship Game to the Tennessee Titans.
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