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Jaguars remove all tarps for 2018 season, confirm new uniforms

NFL: AFC Wild Card-Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced on Monday morning that they would be removing the final remaining tarps over two portions of the upper deck in EverBank Field. While I’m sure the ignorant punchlines won’t cease, but at least the eyesore will finally be long gone.

“Getting rid of the tarps has been our goal since Shad Khan purchased the team in 2012. Given the strength of our home schedule and the enthusiasm from the community, we will move forward without the tarps in 2018,” Jaguars President Mark Lamping said via a team press release. “Our fans created a real home field advantage for our final 2017 regular season games and home playoff appearance. We want to make sure that same home field advantage is a reality every time the Jaguars take the field this fall by giving fans access to even more affordable tickets. Season tickets in these newly opened areas will be priced at $45 per game.”

Renewals for Jaguars season tickets are going to start rolling around shortly and as we saw with the playoffs, tickets for the Jaguars when they’re good and on a roll are in high demand. In fact, the team announced they already have over 5,000 deposits for new season tickets in 2018, compared to just 700 at this time last year.

“Since Shad Khan purchased the Jaguars, he has invested significantly in the team, the stadium, the fan experience and the First Coast community,” Lamping added. “This commitment will continue as we remain focused on delivering to our fans a franchise that is consistently competitive and financially stable. Significant progress has been made, but we still have work to do before we achieve these key goals. As we’ve emphasized for many years, financial stability is only attainable by increasing local revenue, of which average ticket price is a critical component. While no one ever looks forward to a ticket price increase, we are confident that the value of Jaguars season tickets is at an all-time high. We thank our season ticket members and hope we can continue to earn their support.”

The Jaguars also confirmed in the press release on Monday that the team will have brand new uniforms and helmets for the 2018 season.