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Jacksonville Jaguars 
Fan Fest 2002
By John Amodea
Courtesy of Paintball 2Xtremes Magazine

Each year, the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars host Fan Fest, a full day of festivities at Alltel Stadium, home of the Jags. The event takes place on draft day, the biggest football day between the Superbowl and the start of the next season.

Fans are invited to come out to Fan Fest for free. Many of the team's 
players are on hand to sign autographs and run mini drills for the kids. The Jag's owner does his annual state of the Jas address, and head coach Tom Caughlin speaks to the fans about the Jag's draft picks. There are radio stations broadcasting live, games for the kids, food, and of course, the NFL draft if broadcast on the stadium jumbotron screens.

This year's Fan Fest introduced something different - paintball. Army/Navy Outdoors, in conjunction with Ronnie Howell and Team 
Nemesis, Team Static, and Kingman/Raven, sponsored a full five-man 
Airball field right on the playing surface of the stadium, complete with Kingman markers, Army/Navy jumpsuits, Raven goggles, refs, and 
everything else needed to run games. The cost to play was free.

People lined up at 9 a.m. to get their chance to play five-on-five paintball. More than 500 people got the chance to play during the course of the day. Most of the participants were kids under 16 years old. What a great way to be introduced to paintball!

In addition to the walk-up players, the Jacksonville Jag's cheerleaders played several games and had a blast. Nemesis and Static played several exhibition games for the spectators as well.

All in all it was a great day of football and paintball. I'm looking forward to next year already.


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