03/02/2015 3:58 PM
JACKSONVILLE - The Jacksonville Sharks announced Monday that the team will begin its 2015 training camp this weekend, three weeks before the team’s March 28 season opener at New Orleans.
Following two days of meetings and physicals, the Sharks will hit the field for the team’s initial practice of the 2015 season on Saturday, March 7, at 8:30 a.m. The team will practice in full pads for the first time on Monday, March 9.
The first week of training camp practices will be open exclusively to 2015 Sharks Season Ticket Holders. The midway point of training camp will coincide with a Season Ticket Holder ticket pickup event, held on Saturday, March 14. At this event, Season Ticket Holders will be able to watch practice, meet the team and pick up their season ticket package. More information about this event will be released in the coming days.
Training camp will continue through Saturday, March 21, at which point the Sharks will submit their initial 24-man roster for the 2015 season. After an off day, the team will then return to the field on Monday, March 23 to begin preparation for their Week 1 contest against the New Orleans VooDoo.
Beginning on March 8, training camp practices are scheduled to be held at William F. Sheffield Regional Park, located at 3659 New Berlin Rd. in Jacksonville. Training camp practices will typically take place from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The second week of training camp practices (March 16-21) will be open to the public.
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 Media Relations Zander Kean at [email protected]
Please see below for a comprehensive list of key dates leading up to the start of the 2015 season, noting that practice dates, times and locations are subject to change based on weather or other factors:
March 5: Team meetings
March 6: Physicals, team meetings
March 7: Practice, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Orange Park Athletic Association (1086 Fromhart St. in Orange Park)
March 8-13: Practice, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., William F. Sheffield Regional Park
March 14: Practice, Season Ticket Holder Pickup Event (time TBA), 28-man roster due
March 15: Off day
March 16-20: Practice, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., William F. Sheffield Regional Park
March 21: Practice, 24-man roster due
March 22: Off day
March 23-26: Practice (closed to public)
March 27: Travel Day
March 28: Jacksonville Sharks at New Orleans VooDoo, 8:00 p.m.
About the Jacksonville Sharks
The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the Arena Football League (AFL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and four-time 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 2015 season are now available, two tickets as low as $99. 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 and Chum at facebook.com/chumsharks.
About the AFL
Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased a fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. The ESPN family of networks and CBS Sports Network will nationally broadcast AFL games each week for the entire 2015 season. The AFL schedule culminates with ArenaBowl XXVIII Saturday, August 29, 2015 on ESPN.