The 2012 South Division Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Thursday that the team will hold a free preseason benefit scrimmage for a third consecutive year. This season, the Sharks will host the division rival Orlando Predators for a game that kicks off at 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 15, on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
event will also serve as the first opportunity for 2013 season ticket
holders to pick up their tickets for the upcoming season. Season ticket
holders will be able to pick up their ticket packages beginning at 5:00
p.m. in the Duval Room within the arena. Season ticket holder gifts -
including beach towels, tailgate chairs and key chains, will be
distributed at a later date, and more specific information on pickup of
these gifts will be included in the ticket packages.
this game, the Sharks have partnered with First Coast No More Homeless
Pets (FCNMHP), an organization that aims to eliminate the needless
killing of dogs and cats in our local community through free and
low-cost spay and neuter programs. The organization also operates the
Jacksonville Pet Food Bank, providing qualified low-income families with
the resources necessary to keep their pets healthy.
Channel 4 will serve as the media partner for this preseason event,
utilizing their platform to raise awareness of FCNMHP's mission.
are very pleased to offer a free preseason event for a third straight
year," Sharks Managing Partner Jeff Bouchy said. "This scrimmage will be
an outstanding chance to give our great fans an early look at our 2013
team, while also providing an opportunity for our community to come
together for a great cause. Through the generosity of our fans, we will
make significant strides towards FCNMHP's goal of ending the needless
killing of adoptable pets."
to the preseason scrimmage is free of charge, however fans are asked to
bring a donation of pet food that will be collected outside the arena
on behalf of FCNMHP. Cash donations will also be accepted for fans
wishing to contribute in that manner.
bags of dry pet food are FCNMHP's greatest need, though cans of wet
food will also be accepted at this event. A full list of the FCNMHP
"wish list" can be found online at
goal is to keep pets with their families and out of shelters. There are
dogs and cats going hungry in our community and this is one way to
help," said Rick DuCharme, executive director of FCNMHP.
four weeks prior to the Sharks' home opener, the game will give fans a
chance to get an early glimpse at the Sharks before the team embarks on
its season-opening three-game road trip. The gates will open at 7:00
p.m. for the general public. Seating will be available on a first-come,
first-serve basis, though season ticket holders who wish to sit in their
usual seats may enter the arena beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Sharks' preseason kickoff weekend will continue the following day, as
Burrito Gallery is set to host a meet and greet with Sharks players,
coaches and the Attack Dance Team. At this event, fans will have the
opportunity to get to know the 2013 Sharks before the season begins.
More specific details about the meet and greet will be announced in the