The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Monday they will remove all tarps covering seats in the upper bowl at EverBank Field for next season.
The tarps were placed in the western portion of the upper deck starting in the 2006 season. Getting rid of them has been a goal since current owner Shahid Khan purchased the team in 2012.
The Jaguars removed their tarps for their 10-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills in the wild-card round on Jan. 7.
"Getting rid of the tarps has been our goal since Shad Khan purchased the team in 2012. Given the strength of our home schedule and the enthusiasm from the community, we will move forward without the tarps in 2018," Jaguars president Mark Lamping said in a statement. "Our fans created a real home field advantage for our final 2017 regular season games and home playoff appearance. We want to make sure that same home field advantage is a reality every time the Jaguars take the field this fall by giving fans access to even more affordable tickets. Season tickets in these newly opened areas will be priced at $45 per game."
The Jaguars will have 3,501 new seats for next season by removing the tarps.
Last season, including its Week 3 game in London, the Jaguars ranked 21st in average attendance at 64,303 fans per game. In 2016, the seven games in Jacksonville ranked 26th in average attendance at 61,915 fans per contest.
With their success, Jaguars tickets are becoming a hot commodity. The team recently said more than 5,000 deposits on new ticket purchases have been taken by its sales department, compared to only 700 deposits a year ago.
Besides removing the tarps, the Jaguars announced new uniforms and helmets for the 2018 season. The team is reportedly shedding its two-toned helmets, and the full uniform design will be revealed in April.