Jacksonville, FL - Another local casualty to sequestration and the continuing resolution hits the football field.
We’ve confirmed that the Jaguars do not expect to have flyovers for any game this upcoming season. The Air Force had announced they would cancel NFL flyovers in order to save money and support readiness needs. The cancellation is effective for this fiscal year, although the Thunderbirds and Heritage Flight crews will complete certification in case the events can resume. At this time, the Jags believe the flyovers will be cancelled the entire season.
That doesn’t, however, mean they will stop honoring the military.
“The military is a critical component of our game day experience and honoring them is really important to the Jaguars,” says Senior Vice President of Fan Engagement Hussain Naqi.
He says the Jags will continue other military-related traditions like “Hometown Hero”, the 4th quarter bell, or having a serviceman lead the team on to the field. This season will also see new tributes, like a military-style patch logo.