Game Preview: Jacksonville vs. Orlando

Sharks Take On Rival Orlando Predators in Home Opener

JACKSONVILLE – After a 2020 arena football hiatus the Jacksonville Sharks are back in action, the Sharks kickoff the season at home this Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Arena. The Sharks will play host to their in-state rival the Orlando Predators. The last time the Sharks played  their in-state rival the Orlando Predators in 2019 they had a record-breaking 85-30 victory which was the most points scored in a game in team history. Kickoff is set for 7pm, the Predators will enter the Sharks Tank with new head coach Ben Bennett who is currently 0-1 with Orlando after their 55-40 loss on the road in Columbus. In that game Predators quarterback Bryan Hicks threw 21 passes for 195 yards and 5 touchdowns against the Lions but did throw an interception in the season opener. Defensively, the Predators sacked Lions quarterback Mason Epinosa twice, gained an interception, forced a fumble and added four pass breakups. Returning to the Shark tank will be Jacksonville’s quarterback Mike Fafaul who helped the Sharks to their championship victory in 2019 while leading the league in pass efficiency (67.1) he will be joined by his star target All-NAL receiver Devin Wilson who played for the Sharks in 2019 who amassed 32 regular season touchdown. Overall the Sharks have several returning players from the championship roster including: Alstevis Squirewell, Damien Jacobs, Derrick Zeigler, Jabari Buckley, Jonathan Taylor, Keith Bowers, Mike Williams, Mike Fafaul and Zach Brown.

The Sharks home opener Saturday, June 12th at 7 p.m will be Country Night / Education Appreciation Night presented by IDEA Public Schools. There is a Buy One Get One Free ticket offer for all students, educators, and school employees visit: For season tickets or single tickets please or call (904) 621-0700. Single game tickets start at $10 visit or or go to the arena box office on game day. Both games will be streamed live on the National Arena League YouTube channel, you may also watch the game on television locally on CW-17. 

About the Jacksonville Sharks

The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the National Arena League (NAL). The 2019 & 2017 NAL Champions and ArenaBowl XXIV Champions play all of their home games at the Veterans Memorial Arena. Shark Nation Memberships for the 2021 season are now available. To become a Shark Nation member or for more information please call (904) 621-0700 or email Follow the Sharks on Facebook at and on Twitter and Instagram @jaxsharks.