03/15/2013 7:00 AM -

The 2012 South Division Champion Jacksonville Sharks will square off in a preseason scrimmage at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2013, on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The scrimmage comes one day before the Sharks must submit a 24-man roster to the AFL office, making tonight's contest the last chance for players to impress the coaching staff. Also, the Sharks' organization is using tonight's event as a platform to raise awareness and donations for First Coast No More Homeless Pets.

Please read below for a primer on what you need to know before you head to Sea Best Field:

FREE Preseason Scrimmage

Tonight's game is FREE of charge, with FREE parking available in all surface lots near the arena. Though there is no cost to attend the game, we ask all fans who are able to make a donation of pet food to First Coast No More Homeless Pets. Donations will be collected just outside the arena. If you are unsure of what to bring for a suitable donation, we suggest one can of dog or cat food for single entry, one small bag of pet food for couples and one medium-sized bag of pet food for a family of four. FCNMHP will also be collecting monetary donations at this event.

Season Ticket Holder Pickup

Friday's event is also the first chance for 2013 Season Ticket Holders to pick up their ticket packages. We will be offering season ticket pickup beginning at Noon in the Duval Room inside the arena. Simply come to the Duval Street entrance to the arena (next to the box office), check in and pick up your ticket package. Shortly before kickoff, we will move Season Ticket Holder Pickup to the Main Concourse level, near Section 106.

Seating Policy/Gates Open

Because this is not a ticketed event, seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Season ticket holders who wish to sit in their usual seats will be able to enter the arena at 6:30 p.m., while gates will open for the general public at 7:00. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that season ticket holders will be able to sit in their usual seats.

Scrimmage Rules

Friday's scrimmage will operate with some differences from a regulation Arena Football game. The clock will run continuously until the final minute of each half. At that point, standard AFL timing rules will be in effect. Additionally, quarterbacks will not be "live" for hitting unless they cross the line of scrimmage with the ball in their hands.

About the Jacksonville Sharks

The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the Arena Football League (AFL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and back-to-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 2013 season are now available, two tickets as low as $185. To reserve your season tickets or for more information, please call (904) 621-0700. Follow the Sharks on facebook at and on Twitter @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at and Chum at