This weekend is the Select A Seat Event for the inaugural season of the new North American Soccer League (NASL) team in Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Armada FC will start play in the spring next year. I am excited about the return of professional level soccer to Jacksonville. I have fond memories of attending the old NASL games in my youth, And while I am passionate about American Football there is something very exhilarating about the non stop action of soccer. The Jacksonville Armada Football Club’s system for picking seats has been very good. A great experience that gives you confidence that they are a well run, professional organization. Earlier in the week the online ticket ordering system went live and I selected our seats based on the map of the stadium which will be The Baseball Ground of Jacksonville for the first three seasons until they build their own facility. I made my best guess at the seats based on the map.
Today my wife and I went down to the Baseball Grounds to see the seats. The field was laid out in the configuration it will have for the games and we were able to see exactly what our view will be. During the event we decided to shift our seats to the other end of the row. Thirty minutes later, with the help of a host of helpful Armada FC employees, it was done and I had a confirmation in my email. Smooth and hassle free.
The only thing that marred the event is that we discovered they were selling Jacksonville Armada Polo’s at the event and I was excited to be able to represent the new team, but my wife inadvertently talked the guy in front of us in line into buying the last Polo in my size. Hopefully there will be another opportunity to purchase the polo later, though the staff wasn’t really clear when that might be. That minor disappointment aside the event was handled very well by the new football club and it bodes well for how they will build and maintain a team in Jacksonville.