02/17/2014 11:45 AM
JACKSONVILLE – The four-time South Division Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Monday that the team will begin its 2014 training camp this weekend, approximately three weeks before the March 16 season opener at Orlando.
The Sharks will hit the field for the team’s first practice of the 2014 season on Saturday, February 22. The exact start time for this first practice is still to be determined, as players must complete all required physicals before beginning practice. The team will practice in full pads for the first time on Monday, February 24.
After the first week of training camp, the Sharks will test themselves in a preseason scrimmage against the Tampa Bay Storm, which will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 2 on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. This preseason contest will serve as an opportunity for the Sharks’ coaching staff to evaluate their players in game situations for the first time.
Following the preseason scrimmage, the Sharks will conduct a second week of training camp. The team will need to finalize a 24-man roster on Saturday, March 8, at which point the focus will turn to preparation for the Sharks’ Week 1 trip to Orlando to take on the Predators.
This year, all training camp practices are scheduled to be held at the Orange Park Athletic Association Field (OPAA), located at 1068 Fromhart St. in Orange Park. Beginning on Sunday, February 23, practices will typically take place from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For Shark fans that wish to observe training camp, all practices held at OPAA will be open to the public.
While the Sharks will make every effort to adhere to the released practice schedule, practice times and locations are subject to change due to weather and other circumstances.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see below for a comprehensive list of key dates leading up to the start of the 2014 season:
February 21: Team Meetings
February 22: Physicals, Practice (time TBA)
February 23 - March 1: Practice, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
March 2: Preseason scrimmage vs. Tampa Bay, 4:00 p.m.
March 3: Off day
March 4-8: Practice, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
March 9-10: Off days
March 11-15: Practice, time and location TBA
March 16: Jacksonville Sharks at Orlando Predators, 4:00 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 2014 season are now available, two tickets for as low as $185. To purchase 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 season. The AFL schedule then culminates with the ArenaBowl Championship game live on ESPN.