The Jacksonville Jaguars announced a sellout for their home opener, yesterday. As you are surely well aware, they face the Green Bay Packers in that home opener in Week 1.
Under normal circumstances, we wouldn’t note a sellout. Most teams sell out regularly, if not always. The Packers fall into the latter category.
The Jaguars are a little bit different, though. They’re part of the NFL’s JV.
They usually suck and not even their own fans — however many of those there are — want to pay to watch them play.
That might change this year, but let’s just say what happened here. The Jaguars sold out their home opener because the Packers are in town.
It’s that simple. People are coming to see the Packers, many of them Packers fans.
Here’s some perspective. The Jaguars will be offering standing-room-only tickets for the game. The last time that happened?
October 5, 2014, when another team with a national fanbase that travels well showed up in town — the Pittsburgh Steelers.
You may also remember the talk of the Packers playing in London this season that started a couple years ago. It was noted, at the time, that the Jaguars would be on the Packers’ schedule. The Jaguars play one home game in London each year. The Packers want to play in London, but won’t give up home game, so it seemed logical that this would be their chance.
Now you see why.
So, you’re welcome, Jacksonville.