12/06/2018 12:24 PM
JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville Sharks are preparing for their 2019 season, which happens to be a very special year for the franchise as it serves as their 10th anniversary season or our Decade of Dominance season. The Sharks plan to celebrate their 10 years as a winning franchise and as a member of the Jacksonville community with their new 10th Anniversary logo.
“It has been an unbelievable ride”, stated Operating Manager Jeff Bouchy. “We cannot believe we are ready to start our 10th season. In this last decade, we have been as dominant in the sport as I could have ever imagined in all areas. I would like to thank all the players, coaches, staff and most of all the sponsors, season ticket holders and fans. We couldn’t have done it without you.”
Since the team started in 2010, the Sharks currently stand at an impressive 103-62 overall record (.624 winning percentage). The Sharks have averaged just under 10,000 fans per game since their inception. In the nine seasons of the Sharks, they have appeared in three league championships (Arena Bowl XXIV, Arena Bowl XXVIII, and the first National Arena League Championship game), winning two of them (Arena Bowl XXIV and the 2017 National Arena League Championship). In a dominating 2011 season, the Sharks won a League record 13 straight games. Additionally, the Sharks set the League record for total team sacks in 2013 with 43. During the 2015 and 2016 seasons, the Sharks had one of the most impressive rosters ever put together in arena football, but came up short in 2015 Championship game and failed to make it back in 2016, losing in the semi-finals. In 2017, the Sharks left for the newly formed National Arena League. The Sharks have dominated here too, leading the League in overall wins (23), touchdowns scored (205), rushing touchdowns (59), and sacks (80). The Sharks have had an incredible 17 All-AFL players during their stint in the AFL and another 9 All-NAL players in their first two years in the National Arena League. Of the 18 arena football teams that have made it to 100 wins, only six still operate to this day, counting the Sharks. Of those six teams, the Sharks are the only ones to reach 100 victories in nine seasons. The rest achieved this milestone in 10 seasons or longer.
Off the field, the Sharks have won countless franchise and front office awards over the past decade, with many multiple times, including, Best Fans, Best Dance Team, Best Media Relations, Best Website, Best Operations, Best Sports Medicine Team, Best Community Relations, and Best Mascot.
In celebration of this season, the Sharks will offer FREE kids’ season tickets (ages 14 & under) with the purchase of an adult season ticket in selected sections. In addition, the 10th season will bring many special occasions including the induction of the first-ever player into the Sharks Ring of Honor, as well as special recognition of many former Sharks players and coaches. Fans will also find that 2019 will bring never seen before Sharks theme nights. Starting in January, the Sharks will begin it’s Decade of Dominance with Sharks’ polls that will allow Sharks fans to pick the very best Sharks players, dancers, games, touchdowns, and celebrations from the past decade. Prior to the start of the 2019 regular season, the Sharks will announce it’s All-Sharks Decade Team that will consist of the best players per position to ever wear a Shark uniform.
“We are so excited to offer FREE kids season tickets, stated Executive VP Steve Curran. As the originators of “Family, Affordable Fun”, we are now the first team in the city of Jacksonville to offer FREE kids’ season tickets. You can’t get more family affordable than that!”
Off the field, the Sharks strive to be a community leader in supporting both our active Military and our Military Veterans, partnering with Veterans Tickets Foundation (vettix.org), a foundation dedicated to helping veterans by providing donated tickets to Military Veterans (active and retired) and their families. The Veteran Tickets Foundation is also in their 10th year as a foundation.
There is certainly a lot to look forward to with Jacksonville’s most winning franchise. If your a Sharks’ fan and you don’t want to miss out on a single moment of these exciting events and games, then it all starts with getting your season tickets today. The Jacksonville Sharks are offering a special offer that has arrived just in time for the holiday season: 2 season tickets, 2 Shark t-shirts, and a holiday card for only $175. To enjoy this offer call 904-621-0700 or visit: www.jaxsharks.com/tickets/shark-nation-member/.
About the Jacksonville Sharks
The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the National Arena League (NAL). The 2017 NAL Champions and ArenaBowl XXIV Champions and play all home games at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Sharks Nation Memberships for the 2019 season are now available. Shark Nation Memberships start as low as $75. To become a Shark Nation member or for more information please call (904) 621-0700. Follow the Sharks on Facebook at facebook.com/jaxsharks, on Twitter and Instagram @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at facebook.com/sharkattackdance and Chum at facebook.com/chumsharks.