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Bragan Field at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville


EverBank Field


Crew on the St. Johns River


Jacksonville Armada Football Club


Beach Volleyball


TaxSlayer Bowl at EverBank Field


Jacksonville ranked 50th of 399 cities in the Sporting News 16th Annual Best Sports Cities report.*

  • Jacksonville hosted the Super Bowl in 2005. NFL.com ranked every Super Bowl played and Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville came in at No. 19 on the list.
  • The annual Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament is the largest kingfish tournament in the country. It’s held in July every year.
  • The Greater Jacksonville Kayak Fishing Classic is the largest event of its kind.  It’s held annually in May.
  • The Mug Race is the longest river race for sailboats in the world at 42 miles. It starts in Palatka and ends in Downtown Jacksonville. 
  • Held annually in February, 26.2 with Donna: The Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer is the only marathon in the country to donate 100 percent of its proceeds to breast cancer research.
  • The Gate River Run in Downtown Jacksonville is the largest 15K in the United States.
  • Runner’s World Magazine’s 2012 Marathon Guide listed the Jacksonville Bank Marathon as one of the top 10 races that offer conditions to run a personal best.
  • Kona Skatepark is the world's oldest operational private skatepark. Before becoming famous, Tony Hawk competed at the venue.
  • The Taxslayer Bowl, held annually in Jacksonville, is the 6th oldest college bowl and the first ever televised nationally.

*The 2009 list featured locations in the U.S. and Canada.  The rankings were based on a number of criteria, including each city’s number of teams and their regular-season win-loss records, playoff berths, bowl appearances and tournament bids, championships, applicable power ratings, attendance, fan fervor and more.

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