Jacksonville Jaguars Tickets
It was official. On November 30, 1993, at 4:12 p.m., an incredible four-year campaign was over. The Jacksonville Jaguars were to be the 30th franchise of the National Football League. Jacksonville’s incredible drive actually began on August 17, 1989, when Touchdown Jacksonville, a partnership, was formed to lead the community effort to win an NFL franchise. Jacksonville businessman Tom Petway led the group.
The Jacksonville contingent quickly scheduled a tour of the Gator Bowl for NFL officials, after which Touchdown Jacksonville!, Ltd. managing general partner J. Wayne Weaver was informed that additional renovations beyond those already planned would be necessary to renovate the stadium to NFL standards. Unable to come to a satisfactory solution to the stadium renovation financing problems with the City Council, Touchdown Jacksonville, Ltd. announced it was withdrawing from the NFL expansion race.
The Jaguars played their first-ever game in Canton, Ohio in the annual AFC-NFC Hall of Fame Game. Their opponent in the pre-season classic was the NFL’s other expansion franchise, the Carolina Panthers. From the start, it was apparent that the NFL’s expansion draft and the free-agent market had allowed both Jacksonville and Carolina to develop more quickly than expansion teams of the past. Although the Panthers came away with a 20-14 victory, it was obvious that both teams were ready to compete in the NFL. The Jaguars’ impressive 4-12 inaugural season record was one win better than the NFL’s previous best for an expansion team. The Jaguars have quickly become one of the dominant teams in the NFL and perennial playoff participants. The team reached the AFC Championship game in 1996 and 1999. The city of Jacksonville did all they could to get their Jaguars, which in turn has sparked tremendous interest in Jacksonville Jaguars tickets.