JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jaguars fans had one last chance to get in the team's first home playoff game in nearly 20 years and they took advantage Thursday.
A limited amount of unused tickets went on sale to the general public at 3 p.m. Thursday.
They were gone in 3 minutes.
The AFC South Division champion Jaguars will host the Buffalo Bills in an AFC Wild Card matchup on Sunday at EverBank Field.
The ticket sale included any remaining unused inventory from parties such as the NFL, the visiting team, players' families and internal holds, as well as an additional 400 standing room only tickets.
Jaguars officials told News4Jax that fans with standing room only tickets have several options. They can go to FanDuelville, which is on the north end of the stadium in between the two spas. There is a DJ there and it’s a real party atmosphere. In the south end zone, fans can go to either the Bud Light Zone, which is the in-stadium sports bar, or the Sky Patio, which is the top floor just underneath the scoreboards.
The Jaguars did not say how many tickets were sold Thursday. There was a two-ticket limit.
Owner Shad Khan and the Jaguars Foundation also gave out 2,500 tickets, including 500 to refugees from around the world who have settled in Northeast Florida, 500 to displaced Puerto Ricans and their families in communities throughout North and Central Florida and 1,500 to local military members, through the United Service Organizations at a subsidized cost of $20 per ticket.
Keith Kimball’s wife is in the Navy and they jumped on the opportunity.
"Definitely excited. It’s going to be great," Kimball said. "We didn't think we were going to get them in time. The line was wrapped around the parking lot. It was crazy."
Kimball said he's thankful for his wife’s military service, and the support of the USO and Jacksonville's home team.
Jacksonville USO Executive Director Mike O’Brien said active service members were alerted to the deal on Tuesday, and the tickets were gone in less than two hours on Wednesday. He said the USO is lucky to have the Jaguars as its home team.
"I talk to my colleagues around the country, in New York and D.C. and San Diego. No NFL franchise supports the military and supports the USO better than the Jacksonville Jaguars," O'Brien said. "We’re so thankful for their support."
Jaguars officials said the game will be fully staffed, and there will be extra bathrooms, vendors and security to accommodate the sold-out crowd.
Due to the short turnaround and to ensure easy transactions, playoff tickets will be delivered only to a mobile device via the Official Jacksonville Jaguars app.
Fans should ensure they have downloaded the correct app and logged in ahead of the game.
For detailed, step-by-step instructions on accessing tickets for game entry, fans should visit www.jaguars.com/mytickets.