Jags announce 'Stand United' partnership

Initiative to engage individuals, businesses, schools, military to create excitement

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jaguars' season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs is days away and there are several events on tap, hoping to create some more fan involvement and excitement this season.

At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, the Jaguars, the city and the Chamber of Commerce came together to talk about the new "Stand United" partnership, hoping to create more fan involvement and excitement this season.

The team's president announced the field will be getting a new sign that says "Welcome to Jacksonville, Florida."

Also, there will be pep rallies and scavenger hunts on Fridays before home games, and contest fans can enter to win tickets and Jags merchandise through the Jaguas' Facebook page.

Mayor Alvin Brown said it's going to be a good year for the team and Jacksonville.

"The more people get to know how we support our team, and I think with Shad Khan's new vision just playing in London, it shows that he's a visionary leader and we want to be the No. 1 NFL team in the country," Brown said. "He's put together a good team, good coaches, players and building on that foundation."

The team is already heading into the regular season with some momentum after it finished its preseason with a win. The Jags beat the Falcons in Atlanta on Thursday, 20-16. It was the first win of the team's four preseason games.

The Jags, the city and the chamber also talked Tuesday about a new initiative to engage individuals, businesses, schools and the military to create more excitement for the 2013 season.

The mayor, city council president, Jags president and general manager, the voice of the jags, and the ROAR cheerleaders will all gather at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at City Hall for that announcement.

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