02/07/2017 11:39 AM -

JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville Sharks announced today that the team will begin its 2017 training camp on February 28th, four weeks before the team’s March 17th season opener against the Columbus Lions.

Following meetings and physicals, the Sharks will hit the field for the team’s first light practice of the 2017 season on Tuesday, February 28th, at 7:00 a.m. The team will then practice in full pads for the first time on Wednesday, March 1st, at 7:00 a.m. The Sharks Training Camp Headquarters will be at the Ramada Inn in Baymeadows located at 9150 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256, where the players will be housed for the duration of the camp.

From February 28th- March 8th, training camp practices are scheduled to be held at Plantation Park, located at 3060 Race Track Rd, Fruit Cove, FL. 32259.

Thursday, March 9th, players and coaches come together for a review session at 9:00 a.m. The following day, players will go head to head in a preseason scrimmage, time to be determined.

March 11th the Sharks will hold a season ticket pick-up and exclusive VIP meet & greet located at Plantation Park, located at 3060 Race Track Rd, Fruit Cove, FL. 32259. This event will be open exclusively to 2017 Sharks season ticket holders and sponsors and there will be a special appearance by DJ Dark Knight. Pick up for season tickets & gifts will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will last until noon. The introductions of The Attack Team and performance will begin at 11:10 a.m. Coach Stoute will be introduced and will speak at 11:25 a.m. followed by the player meet & greet and autograph session which will be held for the remainder of the event. March 11th and 12th will serve as the players’ day off as the final 2017 Sharks will return to the field for practice March 13th. Training camp will conclude at which point the Sharks will submit their initial roster for the 2017 season.

Sharks players and coaches will be made available to members of the media following the conclusion of each practice. As a courtesy, media members who plan to attend practice are asked to notify the Sharks in advance by contacting Director of Multimedia, Steven Shotola at [email protected]

Please see below for a comprehensive list of key dates leading up to the start of the 2017 season, noting that practice dates, times and locations are subject to change based on weather or other factors:


February 26 (Sun): Players arrive in Jacksonville

February 27 (Mon): Equipment issue; General Meetings

February 28 (Tue): Entrance Physicals at Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute            

March 1 (Wed): Practice @ 8:00am – 10:15am

  Practice @ 10:45am – 12:15pm

March 2 (Thu): Practice @ 8:00am – 10:15am

             Practice @ 10:45am – 12:15pm

March 3 (Fri): Practice @ 8:00am – 9:30am

Practice @ 10:45am – 12:15pm

March 4 (Sat): Practice @ 8:00am – 9:30am

March 5 (Sun): Practice @ 8:00am – 9:00am

March 6 (Mon): Practice @ 8:00am – 10:15am

Practice @ 10:45am – 12:15am

March 7 (Tue): Practice @ 8:00am – 10:00am

Practice @ 10:45am – 12:15am

March 8 (Wed): Practice @ 8:00am – 10:00am

March 9 (Thu): Preseason Scrimmage @ Georgia Firebirds, 7:30pm

March 10 (Fri): Players OFF

March 11 (Sat): Intrasquad Scrimmage/Attack Dance Team Performance/Season Ticket Holder

Pickup and Meet N Greet

March 12: Players OFF / 2017 Roster Finalized/Player Move In

About the Jacksonville Sharks

The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the National Arena League (NAL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and four-time South Division Champions play all home games at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Sharks Nation Memberships for the 2017 season are now available. Shark Nation Memberships start as low as $99. To become a Shark Nation member or for more information please call (904) 621-0700. Follow the Sharks on facebook at and on Twitter and Instagram @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at and Chum at