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The Jaguars' Home Stadium Will Have A New Name Next Season
EverBank Field will be known as TIAA Bank Field later this year. They team confirmed today that TIAA Bank Field will be the official name of its home stadium, replacing EverBank Field.
The name change comes after the sale of EverBank to TIAA in June and the new parent company will be renaming all EverBank locations as TIAA Bank.
The name change must be officially approved by the city of Jacksonville and the Jaguars before they can tear down the signage on the front of the building and replace it with the new name.
Even though the name change was announced today, there were no details immediately available about who will be paying to change the signage. It is expected that the name change will be made by the upcoming Jaguars preseason.
Jacksonville-based EverBank acquired the naming rights to the stadium in 2010, four years after the naming rights deal with Alltel lapsed. (The stadium was known as Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in the interim.) In 2014, the company extended its naming rights deal through 2024.... [Read More]
European Street Cafe Reopens After Hurricane Irma Damage Repairs
The European Street Café in San Marco that was damaged by Hurricane Irma floodwaters in September has undergone extensive restoration and is now reopened.
The restaurant building was left standing in two feet of water. Most of the walls, counters, appliances, parts of the ceiling, and décor has been replaced. Renovations at the European Street Cafe at 1704 San Marco Blvd. cost about $650,000.
The renovations, which took almost five months, left the cafe layout about the same but with a face-lifted decor in purple and yellow. Larger tables have been installed as well as new windows, ceilings, light fixtures, kitchen equipment and televisions.
European Street Cafe, encompasses four restaurants throughout Jacksonville. The Riverside location opened in August 1992, San Marco in August 1996, Beach Blvd. in March 1999 and Jacksonville Beach in 2005.
Many things have changed at European Street Cafe over the decades. The menu has expanded to include more than 100+ items—sandwiches, soup, salads and appetizers—with a variety of vegetarian and vegan options.
The 2018 Winter Olympics Is Ready To Begin
NBC will present 176 hours of live coverage, and its primetime coverage begins on Thursday, N Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. ET, and concludes with the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 25.
The entire slate of Winter Games competition will be broadcast across various NBC platforms from Feb. 8-25, with some curling and the Opening Ceremony coming first. (Note: The ceremony will actually be seen Friday, Feb. 9, at 6 a.m. Eastern -- or at 8 p.m., replayed -- for those watching in the United States.)
If you're talking times specifically, you'll want to note that, since the Olympics will be broadcast live from South Korea, there will be a 14-hour difference between local time and Eastern time.
For the first time, TV viewers in all US time zones will have access to live coverage of the Games, instead of a delayed replay.
The host city this time is Pyeongchang, South Korea. Opening and closing ceremonies will be housed at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, a temporary structure with capacity for 35,000 spectators.
The city is about 80 miles (125 kilometers) east of Seoul and about 60 miles south of the Demilitarized Zone that separated North and South Korea. A train between Seoul and Pyeongchang takes about 90 minutes. This will be the... [Read More]
The 2018 DONNA Marathon Weekend Returns to Northeast Florida Feb. 9-11
Held annually the second weekend of February, DONNA Marathon Weekend (5k, 10k, Relay, Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultramarathon and Event Challenges) fills the City of Jacksonville and its Beaches in Northeast Florida with over 10,000 runners from all 50 states and 20 countries. Participants enjoy a flat, fast Boston-Qualifying marathon course that takes them through four beautiful beach communities with scenic views and an outpouring of crowd support. Expect water stations nearly every mile, race day temps averaging 55° F, and streets lined with a 26-mile beach block party. And it’s pink. Very pink. There’s a reason this event has been recognized by CNN Travel as one of the “Seven Marathons Worth the Trip” and “Favorite Charity Race” from the readers of Women’s Running Magazine. We are the National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer. Start Training.
DONNA Marathon Weekend is an official event of The DONNA Foundation. The DONNA Foundation, a private non-profit organization in Northeast Florida, provides financial assistance and support nationwide to those living with breast cancer and funds groundbreaking research to finish the disease once and for all. To date, the foundation has served nearly 11,... [Read More]
The Homestead Is Coming Back To Jacksonville Beach
There have been a few attempts to bring the popular restaurant back to Jax Beach the last couple years but this time, we think there is some real progress and renovations to an existing restaurant have begun.
Heres a note from the new management posted on Facebook:
"Hello Homestead family :
I am excited to announce that after some unanticipated delays, we will be opening the beloved Homestead Restaurant to a fabulous (new) location in Jacksonville Beach!
The old Tomo’s Japanese Restaurant location at Penman Plaza will become our cozy, new home. For those of you who may not be locally familiar with Tomo’s, we will be centrally located in Jax Beach at Penman Plaza.
We hope you are as excited as the Homestead team is and look forward to serving you up the old Homestead favorites as well making memories with friends in the Copper Top Pub !
Scheduled opening is set for early 2018 – stay tuned for future details.
Sincerely, The Homestead"
The Original Homestead Restaurant (Now Taco Lu):... [Read More]
Articles - Sports
Club Renovations Coming To Jaguars Everbank Field
US Assure, a member of the Jacksonville business community for nearly 40 years and a national leader in commercial insurance programs and services, and the Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to make US Assure the official naming partner for the Touchdown Clubs at EverBank Field.
The premium spaces, located on the east and west sides of the stadium, will be known beginning this season as the US Assure Clubs at EverBank Field.
The partnership will be for a term of four years, with additional details to be provided tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 17, by Jaguars Owner Shad Khan, Jaguars President Mark Lamping and US Assure Chairman and CEO Ty Petway at the team’s annual state of the franchise address.
“The US Assure brand is all about assuring success. While that always means success for our clients and employees, it also means success for our community,” said Petway. “We see perfect alignment for US Assure with the vision Shad and Mark have laid out for the Jaguars organization and their commitment to Jacksonville over the past three years. By affiliating US Assure with the Jaguars, we become a stronger company and make a commitment to a stronger Jaguars franchise and community.”... [Read More]
2015 ROAR Auditions
The Jacksonville Jaguars today announced details for the 2015 ROAR Cheerleader Auditions presented by Venus.
Preliminary and semifinal auditions will be held at EverBank Field on Saturday, March 21. Final auditions will be held on Saturday, March 28. Interested candidates must register online to audition by Friday, March 6 and must attend an audi- tion class. Registration information, audition class details and requirements are available at http://www.jaguars.com/ cheerleaders/auditions.html.
“Auditions are always an exciting time of the year,” said Jaguars Senior Manager of Cheerleading, Promotions and Programs Christy Stechman Zynda. “We are looking for enthusiastic candidates who are talented entertainers and will be outstanding ambassadors for our team and city.”
THE ROAR is an integral part of the Jaguars’ entertainment package during all home games. These NFL cheerleaders cap- tivate fans with high-energy dance routines. Off the playing field, they participate in hundreds of community, corporate and charitable events both nationally and internationally, serving as goodwill ambassadors for the Jaguars and the NFL.
AUDITION SCHEDULE Audition Classes: T... [Read More]
Jaguars Add Two Veteran Coaches To Staff
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley announced today the hiring of Greg Olson as offensive coordinator and Doug Marrone as assistant head coach-offense/offensive line coach.
“I’m really excited about the additions of Greg Olson and Doug Marrone to our coaching staff,” Bradley said. “We always talk about wanting a great fit for our team and that also includes our coaching staff. Both Greg and Doug bring a wealth of experience and both possess the qualities that we want in our organization. Greg is a veteran coach that is very detailed and will work hard to develop our players on the offensive side of the ball. Doug has a ton of experience coaching the offensive line and a strong background in developing players. I think he and Luke Butkus will feed off each other and make each other stronger.”
“I want to thank Shad Khan, David Caldwell and Gus Bradley for giving me this opportunity,” Olson said. “Gus and I spent a lot of time together over the last week as I learned about his vision and the culture he has established in Jacksonville. It’s easy to see that everybody in the organization is moving in the same direction and committed to getting bette... [Read More]
Jaguars Vs Giants Game Stats and Recap
WITH THE WIN, THE JAGUARS...Improved to 2-10 in 2014 and 2-4 at home. Gus Bradley improved to 6-22 as the Jaguars head coach. Evened the overall series with the Giants at 3-3. Won two home games in a season for the first time since 2011. Beat a NFC team for the first time since 2011, snapping a streak of 12 straight losses.
LARGEST COMEBACK WIN IN FRANCHISE HISTORY
The Jaguars rallied from a 21-point deficit in the second quarter to pull out a 25-24 win, the largest comeback win in franchise history. The largest comeback in team history prior to today was 15 points against Baltimore on Nov. 24, 1996 when the Jaguars pulled out a 24-20 overtime win after trailing 25-10 in the fourth quarter.
The Jaguars led for only 4:01 today. The Jaguars scored a season-high 22 points in the second half including a season-high 13 in the third quarter. Quarterback Blake Bortles became only the third starting rookie quarterback to lead his team to a comeback win of 21 or more points since at least 1970.
TWO DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS FOR JAGUARS FOR FIRST TIME
The Jaguars scored two defensive touchdowns on Sunday, both coming via fumble recovery. Linebacker J.T. T... [Read More]
Jaguars Flush The Browns in Home Victory
WITH THE WIN, THE JAGUARS...Improved to 1-6 in 2014 and 1-2 at home Gus Bradley improved to 5-18 as the Jaguars head coach. Improved to 11-5 overall against Cleveland including back-to-back wins and wins in three of the last four meetings. Won their first home game in September/October since Oct. 24, 2011 against Baltimore (snapping a streak of nine consecutive losses).
JAGUARS RUSH FOR MOST IN 35-GAME SPAN
The Jaguars entered Sunday’s game averaging 86 rushing yards a game but produced a season-high 185 yards on the ground against the Browns. The 185 yards marked the most by the Jaguars since Sept. 23, 2012 at Indianapolis (185), a span of 35 games.
THIRD-STRAIGHT GAME UNDER 20 POINTS FOR OPPONENT
The Jaguars held the Browns to only six points today on two field goals. The Jaguars have held opponents to under 20 points in three consecutive games for the first time since 2007. The Jaguars have allowed only 13 points per game the last three weeks and only two offensive touchdowns. Opponents have not scored an offensive touchdown in the second half over the last three games.
SEASON-HIGH 24 POINTS FOR JAGUARS
The Jaguars scored a season-high 24 points toda... [Read More]
Articles - Food
Chili Cookoff In Jax Beach This February
On February 7, 2015 the J.L. Wiley Foundation for stroke awareness and healthcare advocacy will be celebrating chili once more with their third annual Chili Cook Off. Come out to the Jacksonville Beach Community Center from 4 to 7 and register your vote for the best chili from local amateurs and professionals. Can Sawgrass Country Club and Mark Duren defend their Chili Master titles?
The band 'Working for Crazy' will be playing some great music and there will be dancing along with a silent auction and raffle items.
The J.L. Wiley Foundation was founded in 2010 by the Wiley family after experiencing a stroke in their family, to make people more aware of the risk of stroke and the ways that it can be prevented. Our first goal is better stroke awareness and treatment. We never would have imagined that Joe would have had a stroke. We didn’t know any of the warning signs that in retrospect were present as much as several days before. We have come to realize that while your risk of suffering a stroke increases with your age that it still can strike people of any age.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.jlwileyfoundation.com.... [Read More]
Food Truck Court Opens In Jacksonville
Jax has taken the food truck craze to the next level with a new Food Truck Court that is open Monday - Friday for lunch between 11am-2pm. The food truck court is located at 3814 Beach Blvd next to Kuhn Flowers and also has a indoor seating area for you to keep out of the cold during the winter months. Want to sit outside - They also offer outdoor seating.
Each day, the court features 3 food trucks, a desert truck and a drink truck. Trucks switch up daily to provide a fresh food selection that's different every time you come. Best part in our opinion is that its a mini food truck rally each day! Stop by soon, grab a bite and support the local economy.... [Read More]
Vernon's Steak House In Ponte Vedra
If your looking for a elegant and flavorful dining experience, look no further! This months spotlight is Vernon's: the new signature restaurant of the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach.
The restaurant features fresh Florida seafood, masterfully cut chops, locally-sourced produce and an enviable wine list. The restaurant is named after Vernon Kelly, the real estate developer who helped to craft the renowned TPC Sawgrass course with architects Pete and Alice Dye.
Enjoy breakfast or dinner and a floor-to-ceiling window view to the resort's signature waterfall and lagoon, or watch the sun go down on TPC Sawgrass. The restaurant was most recently awarded in January 2014 by Open Table as Best Overall Restaurant, Best Ambiance, Best Food, Most Booked, Scenic View and Best Service!
We visited for breakfast and dinner and here are our ratings of the establishment:Overall Rating 4.7 Food 4.5 Ambiance 4.5 Service 4.8 Price $20-$40 per person
Vernon's is a destination for foodies as well as families. For reservations or more information, call 1-904-280-3405 or reserve at OpenTable.com.... [Read More]
It's back: Coca-Cola reintroduces Surge soda
Fans thirsty for a taste of ‘90s nostalgia – or those who are simply craving a citrus-flavored sparkling beverage with a kick – can rejoice in the news that SURGE is back after a 12-year hiatus.
SURGE, which debuted in 1996 and was taken off the market in the early 2000s, is making a comeback thanks, in part, to a passionate and persistent community of brand loyalists who have been lobbying The Coca-Cola Company to bring back their favorite drink over the last few years. SURGE is Coke’s first discontinued brand to return to the market.
The SURGE re-launch represents two additional firsts for Coke. The brand, which will be offered in its original formula in 12-packs of 16-oz. cans featuring the same retro design from yesteryear, is part of an innovative distribution deal between Coca-Cola and Amazon. A limited supply of SURGE will be sold exclusively through the online retailer atwww.amazon.com/surge, marking the first time Coke has distributed a product solely through e-commerce.
“If expectations are met, this may be only the first of a variety of efforts we explore to launch niche products through e-commerce relationships,” said Wendy Clark, president of sparkling and strateg... [Read More]
Mellow Mushrooms 40th Birthday Celebration
Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers will bring back selections from its original 1974 menu on August 20th in a “Way Back Wednesday” celebration to mark the brand’s 40th anniversary.
Each of Mellow Mushroom’s locations nationwide will be offering a small cheese pizza, Coke products and select beers at their 1974 prices to mark nearly half a century since the first Mellow opened on Spring Street in Atlanta.
The menu selections will be 30 cents for Coke products, 75 cents for Michelob, Budweiser or PBR and $2.50 for a small cheese pizza.
Mellow Mushroom will also be hosting a contest for customers to win a trip to Amsterdam for two. Customers will be able to pose, in-store, with a backdrop of the first Mellow Mushroom location and post it to Instagram with #40YearsBaked to enter. Those without an Instagram account can upload their images to ww.40yearsbaked.com.
Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers has come a long way from its humble roots, born out of a single pizza shop in Atlanta during the freewheeling hippie culture of 1974. The founders had a simple dream: to make the most delicious, craveable slice of pizza on the planet.
Mellow Mushroom has recently expanded to more than 170 locations in ... [Read More]
Articles - Entertainment
Things To Do This Week Downtown
Things To Do This Week Downtown
Live Music + NightlifeDec. 15: A John Waters Christmas Dec. 17: The Elbow Social Dec. 17: Bowzer’s Rock N Roll Holiday Party Dec. 20:Meachum Clarke & True Purpose Present: The Gift Family Fun Dec. 17: Nature Unleashed in Northeast Florida: Our Changing Climate Dec. 17: Jaxsons Night Market Dec. 18: Kidz Bop Live Dec. 19: Riverside Arts Market: HoliDazzle! Dec. 19: Santa Stop and Photo Op Arts + Culture Dec. 17: FIS/FNF Free Thursdays Evenings At MOCA Dec. 18: Jacksonville Symphony- Handel’s Messiah Dec. 18: Jacksonville Symphony- First Coast Nutcracker Dec. 20: Something Miraculous Dec 20: Riverside Avondale Luminaria Business and Networking Dec. 19: Introduction to 3D Modeling with Blender Dec. 19: See Santa, Watch A Christmas Story and Feed Jacksonville Sports + Fitness Dec. 20: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Atlanta Falcons
Things To Do This Week Downtown
Things To Do This Week Downtown Live Music + Nightlife Dec. 10: The Elbow Social Dec. 10: Adamec Bike Night Dec. 12: Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl in Jax Beach Dec. 13: Brian Regan
Holiday Events in Downtown Jacksonville
Whether you’re an elf or a reindeer – there’s plenty to see and lots to do in #DTJax for the holidays! Need some gifts? You’re covered. Want to see some holiday shows? Look no further. Love christmas trees and fireworks? Of course you do. So get up and get on down, but remember to be nice because…
‘Tis the Season to Shop Local
Hemming Park Holiday Market Nov. 30 – Dec. 11 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Enjoy festive holiday decorations and Support local small businesses with a rotation of different vendors each day. The markets and food trucks will run 11:00am – 2:00pm for guest of the park to gather and purchase gifts.
Vagabond Flea Dec. 12 | 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Every second Saturday, join Vagabond Coffee Company in Hemming Park to shop vintage finds and handmade goods from local craftsmen and collectors.
Riverside Arts Market: Holidazzle Dec. 12 | 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Go to the Riverside Arts Market and enjoy all the festivities from lights and decor to photos with Santa and classic holiday movies on stage from... [Read More]
Things To Do This Week Downtown
Things To Do This Week Downtown
Things To Do This Week Downtown
Things To Do This Week Downtown Live Music + Nightlife Nov. 26: The Elbow Social Nov. 28: Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox Nov. 29: Ronnie Millsap: The Farewell Tour Nov. 30: Craig Ferguson: The New Deal Tour Arts + Culture Nov. 25: Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight Nov. 27-29: Christmas Made in the South Nov. 28: Riverside Arts Market Nov. 28: Murder Mystery Dinner Show
Articles - Community
Rebounderz Gets A Refresh
Your favorite place for family, fun and fitness is reloading. They're adding the newest, hottest and most challenging attractions to make Rebounderz the ultimate activity-based entertainment venue in Jacksonville! New attractions means a whole lot more fun, a better guest experience for the whole family and more bang for your buck1. Ninja Warrior Course
Haunted: The Florida Theatre
There’s a building Downtown some believe is haunted. In three years’ time, three different ghost-hunting expeditions spent nights there – and one expedition detected something: An apparition of a body sitting in balcony chair.
That apparition was detected at the Florida Theatre, one of Downtown’s most beautiful historic landmarks. If the walls of the Florida Theatre could talk, there would be some amazing stories to tell. Lucky for us, though, the Florida Theatre staff offers tours to the public. We had the opportunity to do so at a recent First Wednesday Art Walk.
This tour explores the stage, backstage, the “green room,” dressing rooms, the promenade, the Barnett Room and the balcony. It’s awe-inspiring from start to finish. Here are a few fun facts about the venue that fascinate us most:Elvis Presley performed at the Florida Theatre in 1956, one of his first headline concerts appearances on an indoor stage. The performance was the subject of a LIFE Magazine feature, and a local judge sat through the concert to make sure Presley’s dancing was not too suggestive. When the Florida Theatre opened in 1927 as a movie theater, Forsyth Street was known as &... [Read More]
Casino Royale Bartenders Ball Coming To Town Center
Blackfinn Ameripub and Tito's Handmade Vodka is bringing you the 1st Annual Jacksonville Bartenders Ball! This year we will be hosting a Casino Royale themed event with a trip giveaway for 2 to LAS VEGAS including airfare and a 2 night stay at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel & Casino!
We'll have Roulette & Craps tables along with Casino themed decor - dress in your favorite Vegas themed attire! Win gift cards and free drink tickets while playing in our Vegas lounge! Enjoy $5 Late Night Happy Hour - Tito's Handmade Vodka, Captain Morgan White Rum, Crown Royal, Tanqueray, Jim Beam, Fireball, and Rumpleminze OR $25 Open Bar Package 10pm-2am including Tito's Handmade Vodka, Captain Morgan White Rum, Crown Royal, and Jim Beam! Guests will receive a raffle ticket upon entering - we will call out 3 Raffle Tickets to roll the dice for the TRIP FOR 2 TO LAS VEGAS! DJ 007 - 21+ Only.
To purchase the Open Bar Package, visit: http://bit.ly/1LrE32j... [Read More]
2016 St Augustine Film Festival
The St. Augustine Film Festival is January 29 – 31 and features 35 films. Films will be shown on three screens at The Corazon Theatre, the Gamache-Koger Theatre, and Lewis Auditorium (Flagler College). This year, two of the films playing are Oscar nominees! "THEEB" was nominated for Best Foreign Picture and "CHAU" was nominated for Best Short Documentary.
The Opening Gala is Friday night at the Lightner Museum with a Cocktail Hour followed by the Gala Dinner and Dance. You must have a all access pass to attend
Saturday Night, there will be a party held at Centro Restaurantlocated on the Plaza de la Constitucion. The is open to anyone with festival passes or a ticket stub from Saturday’s films.
Sunday Nights’ Closing Gala will be at the Flagler College Solarium. The party follows the Closing Night Film, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at Lewis Auditorium. It is open to all Film Plus and All-Access Pass Holders.
Times, Events and Screenings
FRIDAY, JANUARY 29 11am LIBERATORS: Why We Fought - C3 11:15 A TREE WITHOUT ROOTS - C1 12:45 unmap... [Read More]
2015 Christmas Lights In Jacksonville
Looking to find a great place to take the family to see Christmas Lights around the First Coast? We have comprised a list of the best spots to check out.
1. Blackhawk Bluff Neighborhood off Girvin Road
Dazzle your family and friends with a drive through this neighborhood located just West of Neptune Beach. The entire neighbor hood participates in a event that started over a decade ago.
2. Jax Illuminations @ The Morocco Shrine Center
Jax Illuminations has created a wonderful opportunity for families to create a new holiday tradition. Enjoy the magic of driving through a mile of holiday lights that are perfectly synchronized to holiday music. Come see over 500,000 brilliant LED lights that dance, twinkle, and sparkle to some of your favorite holiday songs. Before you enter the drive through display you will tune your car radio to our station then enter into a mile of synchronized lights, giant presents, candy canes, and much more.
3. Deck The Chairs
Deck The Chairs is an annual lighted sculptural exhibit at the Sea Walk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach using the iconic red chairs of the Volunteer Lifesaving Corp.. Free and open to the public... [Read More]
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