JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Sharks are back and the Arena League soccer team are hoping they have a full crowd there to see.
The Sharks announced on Wednesday that they plan to play in front of a full capacity audience in 2021. The Sharks, who play at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, will open their home schedule against the Carolina Cobras on June 12th at 7pm.
Masks are not required, but “are recommended for those who wish to wear them,” the team said in a press release.
The decision to play in front of a full capacity audience with no mandatory safety restrictions was made after the UFC promotion took place in Jacksonville last weekend and the house overcrowded with 15,269 fans. Promoter Dana White said the UFC posted a VyStar arena gate record and numerous fans News4Jax spoke to said they were grateful that the event brought something normal back to life after 13 months of COVID-19 battles have.
This event aroused great concern among various factions as White’s newspaper, the Las Vegas Review Journal, tore the event up.
“I am delighted that our championship winners Jacksonville Sharks will recapture the field in front of a full crowd in the arena in June,” said Mayor Lenny Curry.
“The people of Jacksonville have been through so much in the past year, and I am grateful that I can return to the lifestyle we know and love in northeast Florida. Thank you to the Jacksonville Sharks, the National Arena League, and the hardworking team at Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena for bringing live sports back to River City.
The 2020 season of sharks has been wiped out by the pandemic. The team won the 2019 National Arena League championship by a 15-1 record. The team had an average of more than 7,000 fans this season.
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