05/19/2012 7:36 AM - On Saturday night, the ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks take the field on their home turf for the first time since their come-from-behind victory over New Orleans on May 4. Tonight, the Sharks host the Central Division's Iowa Barnstormers on Military Appreciation Night. Coincidentally, the only previous meeting between these two franchises came on last year's Military Appreciation Night, a game that the Sharks won 79-27. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.
Military Appreciation Night
We have dedicated this game day to giving back to those who serve and have served our country. For military appreciation night, the Sharks offer several ways for fans to contribute to the Armed Forces Families Foundation. At SharkFest, special Military Night T-shirts will be available in exchange for a $2 donation, while the Attack Dance Team will be signing a Military Night Poster in exchange for a donation as well.
The event culminates in our postgame jersey auction, which gives fans the opportunity to win our players' camouflage jerseys directly off their backs. The auction will take place down on the field following tonight's game, and proceeds from the winning bids will be donated to AFFF.
Also, remember that Buy One, Get One Free tickets are still available for all military members (active or retired) and their families. Simply walk up to the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena box office with your valid military ID to take advantage of this offer. Note that there is a limit of four free tickets (eight total) per ID.
SharkFest is back! Check out our pregame block party just outside the front entrance of the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, where you can ride the giant inflatable Shark Slide and enjoy Sea Best Seafood. As part of Military Appreciation Night, there will be humvees and other military hardware out at SharkFest as well.
Also at SharkFest, you have the chance to help save lives by participating in The Blood Alliance's blood drive. The drive will run from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Many of our other corporate partners will be on hand, so be sure to stop by their displays as well. SharkFest is set to begin at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Tonight, gates will open at 5:30 p.m. for season ticket holders and 6:00 p.m. for the general public.
Sharks Credit Card
If you haven't seen it yet, 121 Financial Credit Union offers the only official Sharks credit card! With the Sharks credit card, you can show your Shark fandom while supporting one of our great partners at the same time. Stop by the 121 table located on the main concourse to register today!
DVD/Ring Replica Pickup
Season ticket holders who qualified for both Championship DVD Sets and Desktop Ring Replicas will be able to pick up those items across from the Merchandise Stand behind Section 106. Note that you must physically present the redemption voucher that was included in your season ticket package in order to receive your desktop ring replica. Photocopies or any other forms of duplication will not be accepted. No cash value.
The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the Arena Football League (AFL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and back-to-back South Division Champions are presented by Sea Best Seafood and play all home games on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Season Tickets for the 2012 season are now available, two tickets as low as $87. To reserve your season tickets or for more information, please call (904) 621-0700. Follow the Sharks on facebook at facebook.com/jaxsharks and on Twitter @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at facebook.com/sharkattackdance.