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JAXUSA Partnership, a division of the JAX Chamber, welcomed Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., president and CEO, TIAA as keynote speaker for the 1st quarter luncheon.

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On Thursday, March 30 from 11am – 1pm at the Prime Osborn Convention Center, The Salvation Army’s Women’s Auxiliary will present the 31st annual Celebrity Chefs fundraiser.

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Everbank Field Ready to Make History with Back-To-Back Monster Jam Events

Published Thursday, February 16, 2017


EverBank Field is gearing up for its transformation into Monster Jam’s high-energy racetrack, and for the first time in the Jacksonville event’s 22-year history, Monster Jam will have the crowds roaring for two consecutive days.


SMG Jacksonville, manager of EverBank Field, announced today that record-setting attendance is anticipated this weekend during the Saturday and Sunday performances. With the addition of the second show on Sunday, tickets are still available leading into the weekend – which hasn’t happened for Monster Jam in Jacksonville in several years. High demand left standing-room-only availability for the event in both 2016 and 2015 driving the addition of the Sunday Monster Jam. To purchase tickets, visit


Monster Jam was one of the first events to take place inside EverBank Field when the stadium opened in 1995 as Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. Since that inaugural event, Monster Jam has been back every year as one of the city’s most popular events.


“The Jacksonville Monster Jam event, as we know it today, has evolved into the largest single-day Monster Jam event in the world,” said Chad Ballard, Feld Entertainment’s regional manager of event marketing and sales. “This growth, which we have experienced over the last 20-plus years, has allowed the opportunity to expand even further by opening the gates to EverBank Field on back-to-back days for the first time ever. We are excited to offer this opportunity to the fan base we have enjoyed in Jacksonville. Come be a part of history at EverBank Field this weekend – you won’t want to miss it!”

This weekend’s events feature 14 trucks including fan favorites Grave Digger, Max-D, El Toro Loco and more. The massive racetrack requires 100,000 square feet of field protection, 500 man hours to install and over 400 truckloads of dirt to create the Monster Jam track.   

“Monster Jam fans spoke, and we listened,” said Bill McConnell, general manager of SMG Jacksonville. “Jacksonville wanted more opportunities to celebrate Monster Jam and this weekend they will be here for two shows. SMG Jacksonville is proud to partner with the City of Jacksonville and Feld Entertainment to give northeast Florida Monster Jam fans more of what they want.” 


SMG and its partners encourage the community to take advantage of this two-day event. Tickets start at just $15. Saturday’s show begins at 7 p.m. with gates opening at 5 p.m. Sunday’s matinee performance kicks off at 2 p.m. with gates opening at noon. Pit parties will take place both days, with Pit Party Passes required for entry. Tickets are available at the Tom Bush Box Office at Veterans Memorial Arena (EverBank Field box offices will be open day of events only), charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or at Advance parking passes are also for sale in person at the Tom Bush Box Office at the Arena.



About the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena: The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena is an up to 15,000 seat multipurpose arena in Jacksonville, Florida. Built in 2003, the Arena is home to the Jacksonville Sports Hall of Fame, and has hosted events such as 2006, 2010 and 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the biggest names in music including Elton John, and the NFL Superbowl Concert Series. The Arena is home of the AFL Jacksonville Sharks, the ABA Jacksonville Giants and the Jacksonville IceMen


About SMG: Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 240 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide. For more information visit


About SMG Jacksonville: SMG Jacksonville manages six sports, entertainment, and convention venues on behalf of the City of Jacksonville. Our beautiful venues include:

  • EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars,Florida-Georgia, the TaxSlayer Bowl and Monster Jam
  • The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, showplace of such entertainment greats as Kenny Chesney and Jimmy Buffett and home to the Arena Bowl XXIV Champions Jacksonville Sharks, the ABA Jacksonville Giants and the Jacksonville IceMen
  • The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, home of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp and Florida vs FSU Baseball
  • The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, stage to Broadway and music elite like Wicked, James Taylor and Diana Ross; and home of the Artist Series of FSCJ and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
  • The Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, a historic renovated train station providing a unique venue for meetings, social events and conventions
  • The Ritz Theatre and Museum, located in Jacksonville’s historic African-American community of La Villa, celebrating the artistic culture of African-American life in Northeast Florida and the African Diaspora with museum exhibits, concerts, films, lectures, dance and dramatic arts


Committed to the Jacksonville community, the guests that enjoy our venues and the clients that utilize them, SMG Jacksonville provides the ultimate event experience in Northeast Florida.



Alex Alston

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