The Jacksonville Jaguars football is only a day trip away that almost anyone can during your vacation to Central Florida.
The Jaguars home stadium is EverBank Field, a.k.a the Gator Bowl, a beautiful stadium on the bank on the St. John’s River in Jacksonville, FL.
The team is not very good and has not been for quite awhile, which is not always a bad thing.
There is a lot of time to rebuild their team and come back from this multi-year losing streak.
Tickets are not hard to come by, even if you want to buy in bulk.
If you have no rooting interest, of perhaps are going to root for the visiting team from your home area, a Jaguars game can be a fun day trip.
If you go to a game in September, pack your warm weather clothes and your sunscreen, temperatures don't start begin to drop until well into the season.
Temperatures early in the season generally hit the 90s.
But around October, the weather cools a bit and it can be absolutely perfect.
Be sure to arrive early and spend your pre-game down the street at “The Landing”.
You can shop, eat, drink, and party until kick-off draws near at several bars, restaurants, eateries and stores located in the mall type setting.
From there, you can take a shuttle to the stadium.
At the game, be sure to spend some time in “The Bud Zone” which is an end zone sports bar where you can drink and even watch some of the other games on the TVs.
Every seat at EverBank Field is a great seat.
The stadium was completely remodeled in the mid 1990s when the Jaguars began play.
In 2014 EverBank Field installed two brand new endzone scoreboards, they're currently th largest in the world.
The seats are chairbacks with armrests and cupholders and ample legroom.
The Jags fans are generally a friendly lot as well.
This is not like Philadelphia or New York or Pittsburgh where you could end up in a physical altercation for rooting for the visitors.
The drive from Orlando is about 2.5 hours of interstate driving.
All you need to do is take I-4 Eastbound to Daytona Beach and then merge on to I-95 Northbound up to Jacksonville.
You take I-4 to Daytona Beach and then I-95 up to Jacksonville.
From the interstate you follow the signs to The Landing.
You could also hop on the scheduled bus service from the Orlando tourist areas.
Game tickets are included.
For the football fan it is a good way to spend one of your Sundays.
By Marie Ospina
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