Whether you’re visiting Jacksonville, Florida, for work or pleasure, you’ll want to enjoy a sporting event or two while you’re in town. This Northeast Florida city has honed in on the craft of hosting premier sporting events, most notably playing host to Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005 and holding one of the world’s largest sporting events, THE PLAYERS Championship golfing tournament, on an annual basis.
Whether you’re a serious fan or just looking for a good time, you can trust that the locals will share their contagious excitement for sports with anyone who joins them. This good-time town is known for its avid enthusiasm when it comes to cheering on their city’s teams. Here are three sporting events you can enjoy when visiting Jacksonville:
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In the heart of downtown Jacksonville, Everbank Field is home to the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and boasts some of the country’s coolest stadium features thanks to a recent $170 million renovation. These features include the world’s largest video zones as well as the Smart Pharmacy Spas that give fans the perfect place to cool off from the hot Florida sun. There aren’t too many places to grab a bite to eat nearby, so be sure to get some food before you arrive or enjoy one of the numerous concessions at the stadium. On the other hand, there are quite a few hotels a short distance from Everbank stadium, making it easy to avoid the traffic that comes with any sporting event.
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If you’ll be visiting Jacksonville in May and are even remotely interested in golf, be sure to check out THE PLAYERS Championship held at TPC Sawgrass. One of the most anticipated golf tournaments of the year, this event brings all of golf’s biggest players and fans together for a truly unforgettable time. You can even make it a stay-and-play trip with one of the many golf vacation packages offered through the golf course.
Jacksonville Memorial Arena
If basketball is the name of your favorite game, carve out some time to catch a Jacksonville Giants game at the Memorial Veterans Arena if you plan to visit the city later in the year. Conveniently located in downtown Jacksonville, the arena is close to a number of popular hot spots, including craft-brewery Intuition Ale Works that offers a brew with a view and a family-friendly atmosphere. Other sporting and non-sporting events are on the arena’s calendar throughout the year.
No matter what particular sport may be your favorite or whether your traveling solo or with your entire family, the sporting events in Jacksonville are sure to entertain and excite all who visit. Plus, with a plethora of hotels and restaurants within arm’s reach of the major sporting locales, you can easily enjoy a taste of everything Jacksonville has to offer without having to travel too far.
If you’d like to learn more about any of these sporting arenas or other fun activities to do while in Jacksonville, contact InterContinental Hotels Group today.