It was chilly in Jacksonville, but that didn’t stop thousands of Jaguars fans from crowding in to EverBank Field Sunday night to welcome home their team- which had just earned a spot in the AFC Championship.
The Jags topped the Steelers in Pittsburgh 45-42 to win the Divisional match. Soon after the game ended, the City and Jags announced they would be opening up EverBank Field for a celebration. Despite only having a few hours notice, fans came out in force.
While waiting for the team to arrive, fans were entertained by music, the ROAR of the Jaguars cheerleaders, the D-Line drum line, Jaxson de ville, and highlight and hype videos. The Club Level was also packed inside, as fans kept warm while waiting for their team.
Huge cheers rang out when a plane flew over the stadium- which was soon confirmed to be the team plane. From that point, fans were treated to frequent live looks at the team as they deplaned and made their way to EverBank Field. As soon as they got to the field, they came out immediately- with many players heading straight to the fans for high fives.
Many fans told us they’ve been waiting to see this spirit for years. One- who wears customized Jags gear to music raves- tells us he has seen more respect recently, including people yelling “Duval” at him.
The Jags play the Patriots in Foxborough Sunday at 3:05PM for the AFC Championship. Our partner Action News Jax is the official Jaguars station and will have full coverage throughout the week, including special shows at 7PM and pre- and post-game coverage.
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