What a difference a deep playoff run can make for a team. After years of sub-par performance and sub-par fan attendance, the Jacksonville Jaguars are making some changes after their AFC-title push in 2017-2018. The first of those changes is the removal of the much-maligned tarps in the stadium’s upper sections. All tarps in the stadium will be removed as the team announced in their annual season ticket campaigned kick-off. The tarps previously covered the west upper deck and their removal will provide an additional 3,501 “low-priced seating options” for fans. Their addition in 2005 provided fodder for those who said the Jaguars fan base was faltering, but a season that saw three-straight sellouts at the end of the year, the team’s first home playoff win since 1999, and an appearance in the AFC Championship has changed that.
The gang took some impressive trips over the last two weeks and discuss their travels. Are teams pricing the average fan right out of their buildings? Miami is FINALLY in the MLS and big events in USports. Some Mobile and Rochester minor league baseball news and Pawtucket Ballpark update, Finally, how do we feel after the big game and is the NFL dying?
Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium set into motion the Fan First Menu program before the facility even opened. The program is designed to ensure that a family of four can have an entrée, a drink, and a snack for less than $30 at any Mercedes-Benz Stadium event. Examples of this pricing include hot dogs, popcorn, bottled water, and soft drinks, all priced at $2. Nachos, pizza slices, and waffle fries come in at just $3 each. All soda purchases come with free refills.
The home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and MLS Atlanta United is expected to have fixes for the retractable roof’s problems finished by the 2018 season and in time for the 2019 Super Bowl.
The Bank of America Stadium has been the home of the Carolina Panthers since 1996. (It opened as Errricson Stadium, and Bank of America picked up the naming rights in 2004) The stadium is unique as it was built with no public funding, relying on the first use of Personal Seat Licenses (PSL’s) as its source of capital for its’ construction. Bank of America Stadium holds 75,525 and has had sellout crowds ever since the 2002 season. Strategically, the team chose the name Carolina, rather than Charlotte, in the team name, as the fanbase comes from both South and North Carolina.
Lisa Garrett is the Club Level Manager for FedExField. This former Delta Airlines employee has worked for the Redskins for 12 years. She started as an upper level usher, moved to the Club Level and eventually became an Usher Captain. When the team needed a Club Level Manager I am certain that she was the obvious choice. Her friendly, welcoming vibe is coupled with a great sense of professionalism. You can tell that she loves her job, her fellow employees, and most importantly, the fans she serves.