What You Need To Know - Shark-A-Ritaville

Presented by Baptist Health & Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute

JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville Sharks (2-3) face off against the Columbus Lions (4-1) tomorrow, Saturday, July 17 at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena at 7 p.m. The Sharks return home after a close victory in Greensboro against the Carolina Cobras 54-52 last weekend. Saturday night's theme is Shark-A-Ritaville, presented by Baptist Health & Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute. For full details about the games events & promotions please read the following. The playoffs are on the line, the Sharks are currently 4th in the NAL inside the four-team playoff seed, if the Sharks continue to win they will hold their position for the 2021 postseason. Currently the Albany Empire and the Columbus Lions both hold the top two seeds in the league as potential hosts for those playoff games but there are three weeks left before that is finalized.


Shark Fans, slip on your Flip Flops, Zinc up your nose & show off your summertime tan because Shark-A-Ritaville is back presented by Baptist Health & Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute. Enjoy our Island themed selfie booth, fans can take a fun summer selfie at our theme night photo booth on the main concourse near section 100 before & during the game we have some beach theme props available to complete your tropical postcard. For all fans this tropical theme night will be on island time all night long so kick back enjoy some Beach themed tunes and catch a great NAL rivalry game between the Jacksonville Sharks and Columbus Lions. Enjoy Shark-A-Rita-Ville Game Jerseys that will be auctioned off at the end of the game during our on-field autograph session. If you are a fan of Jimmy Buffet, The Beach Boys, Kenny Chesney, or Bob Marley then this is the night for you as DJ Darkknight will be playing the best beach hits & island tunes. 


It’s 5 O’ Clock Somewhere, it turns out Sharkfest is at 5pm this Saturday. This free pregame event is fun for all ages, kids and adults can enjoy free promotional items from our long list of incredible sponsors attending the game, make sure you stop at every promotional table you see for a chance to get some great items & information from our Shark sponsors. For Shark-A-Ritaville, presented by Baptist Health & Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute, we will have live music and local vendors available handing out free swag. We have the mobile axe champs truck, a Rolling Video Game truck, and you can meet our mascots Chum & Finn, Chum’s inflatable sidekick! If you get the chance, meet the newest addition to the Sharks mascot family “Lil Chum.” So come join us for a fun time at SharkFest! There will also be a pregame autograph season inside the main arena entrance with our new 2021 Attack Dance Team!

Doors Open

On Saturday, the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena doors open at 5:30 p.m. for season ticket holders, and 6 p.m. for the general public— Sharkfest will still kick off at 5 p.m.

Season Ticket Holder Parking
New perk for our 2021 Season Ticket Holders your new Lot Z parking entrance is exclusive for season ticket holders.  Season ticket holders no longer have to use the main entrance to enter the games. Our staff created this for season ticket holders to reduce wait times, crowding, and to allow the season ticket holders more time to enjoy the Shark Tank!  

Season Ticket Holder Entrances

The entrances for Sharks season ticket holders will be open starting at 5:30 p.m., with one entrance at the arena suite entrance off Duval street, and the other at the main entrance off of A Phillip Randolph.  After 6pm, remaining ticket holders may enter through the same entrances.

Mobile Game Program
This season the Sharks game day program will be completely mobile. To see tomorrow’s night game program scan one of the several Sharks Bites Game Program QR codes placed throughout the arena. The program will be available to view on your mobile device before kickoff. You can also check out our game program online at jaxsharks.com by clicking the fan zone tab. Check any restroom entrance, escalator or elevator locations to see the mobile program QR codes, or ask any game day attendant or a representative at the Information Desk across from the main escalator. 

Cash Free Arena
This season, the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena will be cash free from box office to concessions. Please bring a credit or debit card to make purchases. Cash cards will also be available at the customer service desk at the top of the main entrance escalator.

2021 In-Game Promotions

The Sharks have many in-game promotions happening in 2021 including: Duval Motor Company’s Service First FIRST DOWN, Firehouse 55, Smarter Remodeling Charity Kick, Pizza Hut Dance for your Dinner, Darleys Deuce, Famous Quick Lube and Famous Automotive & Tire Center Football Exchange, Metro Diner Lucky Row, Darley's plumbing Trivia, Beaver Chevrolet Truck T-shirt Toss, Moe’s T-shirt Cannon, and the Dicks Wings Turbo Toss. For more information on in-game promotions please visit: www.jaxsharks.com/news/sponsors-swarm-tank-with-2021-promotions .

Sharks Safety Tips
Please help the Jacksonville Sharks, the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena staff, and the city of Jacksonville by wearing a mask while inside the arena and anytime you are around large crowds. Our recommendation is that we encourage wearing a mask for the safety of all fans, but we are in no way enforcing the use of masks if you decide not to wear them for Saturday's game. We would like all fans to feel safe and comfortable, so please make the best decision for yourself and your guests so we can continue to bring family-affordable fun to the Shark tank. 

Where to Watch & Dicks Wings Watch Parties

You can catch this week's game and all of our other games on the CW17 or WCWJ. Games will also be available via livestream on the National Arena League’s YouTube channel. Check out our watch parties at participating DICK’S WINGS restaurants this season during Sharks away games. Locations for Shark watch parties will be posted on Sharks social media and website during the weeks of the games.

USAA Hometown Heroes

This year, USAA has teamed up with the Jacksonville Sharks in recognizing local hometown heroes. Take notice tomorrow night as we continue our tradition of honoring our heroes in Jacksonville for their military service. Special thanks to our Hometown Hero presenting sponsor USAA and our USAA Hometown Hero plaque provider AAA Trophy. 

Halftime- STARZ Dance Team

Down Syndrome of Jacksonville Starz Dance Team is open to boys and girls ages 6 and up with developmental disabilities. STARZ will perform at halftime during this Saturday’s game. To sign up or get more information visit: https://dsaj.org/dsaj-stars/  

Jr. Attack Dance Camp

Jr. Attack Dance Camp kicks off tonight, kids 6-16 will be participating in the camp with our three-time award winning Attack Dance Team. Tomorrow the camp will continue in the morning followed by a pizza party. Your 2021 Jr. Attack Dancer will be joining the Attack Dance Team at halftime for a special Shark-A-Ritaville halftime performance.  


Don’t miss the post game autograph session with Sharks players, coaches, and the Attack Dance Team. This event is free and open to all fans. We ask while you are waiting to meet a player please practice safe social distancing from fans around you. As well as avoid direct physical contact with Sharks players & coaches and dance team members.

Jacksonville Sharks 2021 Team Posters

Don’t forget to join us after the game for our post-game autograph session. The first 1,000 fans to take the field will have the opportunity to grab their very own team poster for players & coaches to autograph after the game.  

Attack Dance Team Calendar 2021-2022

The Attack Dance Team is proud to announce their 2021-2022 calendars are on sale now for $15. Visit the Sharks game day merchandise stand on the main concourse by section 106 to get your Attack Calendar today. If you join us for the autograph session you can have members of our dance team autograph your calendar after the game. 

Check out our Fling-A-Football promotion during halftime; it gives you a chance to win an Official Sharks game-worn jersey from years past, or 150 in Shark Bucks. At just $1 per throw, or six throws for $5, you might as well give it your best shot! Be sure to have your mini-footballs ready when halftime rolls around. Fling-A-Footballs are available for purchase inside the arena on the main concourse until the middle of the second quarter.

Season Ticket Renewals (2022 Season)

The Jacksonville Sharks are letting season ticket holders renew their tickets from the 2021 season to the 2022 season. For more information please call David at  (904) 621-0700 ext 717 or visit jaxsharks.com. 

Arena Club/Reef and Cove Suites Buffet Menu 

Drink Specials:

Sharknado $16 - served in a Mason Jar with swimming shark gummies. 

Reef & Cove Menu:
Pulled pork and buffalo chicken sliders with potato wedges and coleslaw. For dessert we will have assorted cookies! There will be free water and soda beverages available along with our field suite level bar for adult beverages that include free beer and wine available until the end of the second quarter. 

Arena Club Buffet:

Beer brats with sauerkraut & smoked sausage with pepper & onions, both served with kettle chips. There will be water and soda beverages available. 

About the Jacksonville Sharks

The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the National Arena League (NAL). The 2017 NAL Champions and ArenaBowl XXIV Champions and play all home games at the Vystar Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. SINGLE GAME TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE.  To become a Shark Nation member or for more ticket information please call David at  (904) 621-0700 ext 717 or visit jaxsharks.com  Follow the Sharks on Facebook at facebook.com/jaxsharks and on Twitter and Instagram @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at facebook.com/sharkattackdance and Chum at facebook.com/chumsharks.