JACKSONVILLE, FL, Sept. 19, 2014 – Taking the best game day experience in football to the next level, the Jacksonville Jaguars and iconic entertainment brand the Clevelander announced today the opening of the Clevelander Deck at EverBank Field. The newest location will officially open when the Jaguars take on the Indianapolis Colts at home on Sunday, September 21.
The legendary Clevelander brand brings a truly unique experience to football with poolside bars, live entertainment and a high energy party atmosphere.
“We continue to work toward our vision of making EverBank Field a destination like no other for our fans, and partnering with the Clevelander is an outstanding next step in those efforts,” Jaguars President Mark Lamping said. “No one knows the entertainment scene in Florida like the Clevelander, and this partnership elevates what is already a stellar game day experience even further.”
The Clevelander Deck at EverBank Field will feature:
· Two spa pools overlooking the field from the north end zone
· Clevelander’s Famous Frozen all natural drinks featuring the Mickey’s Rum Runner (est 1987), the Cleve Colada and blend of them both in the Miami Vice
· Live entertainment including the Clevelander Dance team, DJ’s and live music
· 20 Full service cabanas, which reflect the essence of Jacksonville
· Post-Game party carries on 2 hours after every game at Clevelander Deck
· Unique food and beverage offerings
· The most unique game day experience in all of sports
“We are excited to bring the people of Jacksonville the best party in football,” Mike Palma, Executive Vice President of Hospitality – Clevelander, said. “Our combination of fun, friendly service, quality products and live entertainment make Clevelander a unique game day experience that fans cannot get anywhere else.”
The new location is the latest in a series of upgrades to EverBank Field. In July the team unveiled approximately $63 million in enhancements, including new video displays, a new two-level plaza area and most notably two video boards spanning 60 feet high and 362 feet long – the largest of their kind in the world.
For the Clevelander, this partnership is a further extension of their presence in the sports community.
As of September 8th, the daily ESPN2 sports discussion program Highly Questionable
and ESPN Radio’s The Dan Le Batard Show have new studio homes in Miami Beach’s Clevelander Hotel.
In April 2011, the Clevelander expanded to Marlins Park, home of the Miami Marlins, opening a unique venue featuring luxury stadium seating, a pool, and the same signature restaurant, bar and live entertainment that has made the original location a South Beach landmark. The Clevelander Marlins Park is located in the left-field just 12 inches from the turf, offering guests a player’s eye view and in-seat service for over 100 seats.
A Jaguars game ticket must be purchased to enter EverBank Field and the Clevelander Deck. General admission to the space is free during all Jaguars games.
What are the Jaguars going to do with all these injuries to its receiving corps? It looks like the issues that plagued this unit over the offseason and into the preseason continue to cast a spell on a team still looking for an identity.
On Thursday it was announced that in addition to injuries to both Allen Hurns and Cecil Shorts that Marquis Lee will not play in the game against the Colts on Sunday. Isn’t enough just enough?
All off season the Jaguars dealt with injuries – hamstrings and calves – to its receiving unit, so much so that at one point seven roster players stood on the sidelines during training camp with one injury or another. Now, it seems the torch has been passed on from preseason to the regular season.
“My main focus is getting it right,” Lee said on Jaguars.com. “A hamstring can linger. If you continue to try to come back, come back, come back at 85 and 90 (percent) you still can have issues.”
Lee, who has eight receptions for 73 yards in two games, said he was fine during the game on Sunday, then pulled the area a little Wednesday.
Now, the Jaguars will rely on its second second-rounder, Allen Robinson and Mike Brown to help the depleted unit reach the end zone and possibly help these Jaguars to a victory on Sunday against the Colts.
Add to the complicated situation that the team has also lost its top red zone threat in Marcedes Lewis (who has been placed on injured reserve but can return to the team) and this is a disaster of hurricane proportions.
These Jaguars appeared to have solved its pass catching issues in the NFL Draft by selecting Lee and Robinson, having a healthy Shorts and a more than solid Mike Brown. Add to the equation (prior to his issues in the offseason) Ace Sanders, and this looked like the most improved unit on the roster.
We all know what has happened since.
If the Jaguars are going to take a run at the Colts on Sunday, they must make the most of what they have. Hopefully, Shorts plays and Robinson shows why he was drafted so high. This team needs something to get excited about. The prospect of possibly seeing Blake Bortles make an appearance at some point is good, but it might not be enough.
A solid performance from anyone of the Jaguars’ pass catchers could be the one thing that makes us stop and think change for good is on the horizon.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected Wilfredo J. Gonzalez as the recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award.
The NFL and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) have partnered for the fourth annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards during the 2014 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The awards recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.
The Jaguars will honor Gonzalez on September 21 at their Hispanic Heritage game when they face the Indianapolis Colts. Gonzalez was appointed director of the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) North Florida District Office in December 1996. As district director, Gonzalez is responsible for directing the activities of a federal government staff in support of small businesses in a forty-three county area of northern Florida. Before accepting his position at the North Florida District Office, Gonzalez was district director of the SBA’s Washington, D.C. district. He is currently a member of the Regional Community Institute (RCI) of Northeast Florida, Inc., the Board of Directors for the Police Athletic League (PAL),
the Board of the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, the North Florida Hispanic Leadership Alliance, the SBDC Advisory Council, and the UNF Student Affairs Community Council. Gonzalez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Puerto Rico and studies at both the University of Puerto Rico Law School and Baruch Graduate School of Public Administration. He also attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, VA. Gonzalez is a Veteran of the United States Navy.
Each award recipient will select an organization of their choice that serves the local Hispanic community to receive a $2,000 donation.
Gonzalez has chosen Guardian Catholic Schools to receive this donation. The NFL will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month during weeks 3 and 4 of the season. A national spotlight will be shined on the NFL’s celebration during Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football.
Jaguars DT Red Bryant will visit R.L. Brown’s Grasp Choice Academy for students who suffer from the learning disability Dyslexia, which Bryant had to deal with while in school himself. Bryant will be meeting with the students at 10:30a.m. to talk about how he overcame the challenges he faced growing up.
DT Tyson Alualu and OL Jacques McClendon will join Ashley Furniture as they deliver beds to families in need. The two players will assist the Furniture crew as they put together each bed for the children at their homes. The first delivery will take place at 4212 Lane Ave. S., Jacksonville, FL 32210 at 3p.m.
By: David Levin (@davidlevin71)
This needs to be the week Luke Joeckel proves he is a top tackle in the NFL.
After a 10-sack “performance” by the offensive line last Sunday, anything and everything about the Jaguars offensive line needs an upgrade. No one would dispute this. What this unit needs – besides a swift kick in the behind – is leadership.
It starts with No. 76.
Joeckel was rated as the top prospect coming out of the 2013 NFL Draft and he “slipped” to the second pick where our Jaguars did a quick Texas Two Step to nab its “Tackle of the Future.” While he is big and imposing and young, the second-year pro needs to show some improvement. Injuries derailed his rookie season. This is the chance to rewrite it with power, strength, and determination.
In the first eight seasons of their existence, the one thing the Jaguars could count on was the play of Tony Boselli. For 14 seasons, this team could count on Brad Meester showing up to work and doing his job. Now, those types of consistencies are lost. The offensive line, more than any position is the most scrutinized for not doing its job on game day.
Joeckel must step up, not only on the field, but in the locker room. Anyone drafted that high and with notion of making him the “franchise” or “another Boselli” must show he can move mountains, take the reins, pull the sled and motivate other players on the offensive line unit and the entire team. Boselli did it. Meester did it. Fred Taylor did it. Rashean Mathis did it. Now, Joeckel must do it.
Sunday is our first home game at EverBank. The Indianapolis Colts are in town – our biggest rivals. It’s time for not only Joeckel, but our entire team to step up and show it is better than the 65-27 combined scoring of the past two games. It all starts with the offensive line.
Chad Henne could have been more efficient in his throws on Sunday if he blocking was better. The non-existent running game could have been better if more holes had been opened for him. Receivers could have had more time to run pass routes if Henne had not been harassed all day in the pocket. Everything counts in small amounts, but in this case, we need bigger improvement from everyone – and we need it now.
For that to happen, it all starts with Joeckel. Hopefully, he is up to the challenge.