Going on a family outing to a sporting event is a great way to make memories your children will always cherish. Whether your sport is baseball, football, basketball, golf or soccer, Northeast Florida offers plenty of opportunities for fans of all ages.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been an integral part of the city’s culture for more than 20 years. At the stunning EverBank Field, Jaguar fans and guests can experience the ultimate game day, complete with cabanas, swimming pools and the world’s largest video screens flanking the field on both sides. In past years, Nocatee residents have enjoyed special home game day shuttles to the stadium, resident-exclusive ticket prices, and organized pep-rallies (that included current and former players) within the community. After last year's exciting post season run, fans are more eager than ever to welcome the Jaguars back to the field this September.
If you love football, but also the indoors, then mark your calendar for a Jacksonville Sharks game. The Jacksonville Sharks are a professional indoor football league with high-energy games in the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. For further involvement, attendees also have the chance to dress-up for fun "theme nights" presented by local sponsors.
Bragan Field at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville is a great venue for watching Jacksonville's Minor League Baseball Team take to the diamond and root, root, root for the home team. The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp will kick off their season soon, hoping to set another Baseball Ground of Jacksonville attendance record, as they did last year. There’s sure to be plenty of excitement in the stands every time this talented team takes the field. The Nocatee community is located only 20 miles from the Jumbo Shrimp Stadium, and many residents purchase season tickets, enjoying games and special events throughout the entire baseball season. Hot dogs, peanuts and cold drinks always seem to taste better at a ballpark!
The four-time American Basketball Association (ABA) National Champions, the Jacksonville Giants, ensure an action-packed viewing experience for your whole family. The Jacksonville Giants are also home to the largest dance team in the ABA, so halftime at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena is an event all its own. The reputable team is currently ranked #1 and fans look forward to cheering them on to more victories this season.
Located only 10 miles from Nocatee in Ponte Vedra, THE PLAYERS Championship is THE golf event of the summer in Florida. As the unofficial “fifth major” tournament in the PGA, this event draws in crowds from all over the world. And it’s a great place to bond with your golf buddies on the pristine course of TPC Sawgrass.
With all of the buzz surrounding soccer, Jacksonville fans are always eager to help cheer on the city's first professional soccer team, the Jacksonville Armada Football Club. The city is home to a great deal of avid soccer fans and has proudly hosted several international games. After a change in ownership last year, the Jacksonville Armada Football Club is stronger than ever and looking forward to a suspenseful season and the loyal Jacksonville fan base that is sure to accompany.
The Jacksonville Icemen Hockey Team is a minor league hockey team, formerly known as the Evansville Icemen. The team began their first season in the city in October, 2017 with a season stretching until April, 2018. Families and spectators rave about the intensity of the game and the family-friendly festivities the team hosts for the community.
Having year-round sporting options is just one of the many benefits of a Northeast Florida lifestyle. Factor in warm weather, proximity to the beaches and you have countless options for family fun. The best part? You’ll never have to hear the words, “I’m bored.”
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