Where Can I Catch Professional Sports Near St. Augustine?

St. Augustine may not have much in the way of sports, but we can certainly tell you where to find nearby football, baseball, hockey, and soccer games.

  • St. Augustine does not have the professional sports presence of major cities. This is a fact and we are not ashamed of it. We're known for a lot of amazing things—our history, our beaches, our bed and breakfasts, our really cramped but picturesque European-style streets—but when it comes to fan experiences and rowdy crowds of sports nuts, we're just a little too quaint and laidback for all that.

    But we know it's important to people. We know some people will travel thousands of miles just to watch their team play. We know that the real fans aren't just there for the home games, but support the team when they're away too. We know that people who are renting a condo for 3 weeks or living here as snowbirds might need to catch a game just to be reminded that the real world still exists outside of the fantasy that is St. Augustine. And for those people and the many others that visit St. Augustine, whether they're international guests or visitors that are just wanting to check out a different sports experience, we've put together this guide to some nearby sports venues to visit.

    So if you're traveling for an exciting away game in Jacksonville, or even one of the big sports events in Northeast Florida like the Players Championship in Ponte Vedra or the Gator Bowl, now known as the TaxSlayer Bowl, in Jacksonville, know that St. Augustine is a scenic getaway just a 45-min drive away.

    If you want to experience local sports while you're in Florida, check out these exciting teams 45 minutes (to Jacksonville) to 2 hours (to Orlando) from St. Augustine. And when you're not "root root rooting" for the home team (or the away team), experience the local culture by heading to St. Augustine--the nation's oldest city and a haven of history, beautiful bed and breakfasts, tasteful restaurants, and a laid back nightlife with live music, cocktail lounges, ghost tours, and cigar bars.

    And just an FYI, for college sports, St. Augustine has the Flagler College Saints, a collegiate team that plays men's and women's basketball, cross country, indoor track, tennis, golf, soccer, as well as volleyball, cheerleading, baseball, and softball. You can check out their schedule online and attend the games that run during the school year.

    If you're a snowbird and you're wanting to check out a game while you're in the area, or if you're just here for a longer vacation and you think it'd be cool to see an NFL game, we encourage you to check out the schedules below and consider visiting our neighbors in Jacksonville and Orlando Florida for some exciting games and matches.

    Football

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    The Jacksonville Jaguars are America's underdogs. They're the comeback story that keeps repeating itself and most of America found themselves cheering the team on in early 2018. The team is owned by Sadiq Khan, a well-loved Palestinian mogul who came to America as a youth and embodies the American Dream. The Jacksonville Jaguars became the first team franchise for Khan to purchase, fulfilling a dream he had of owning an American sports team. Since buying the team he has worked tirelessly to build them into a force to be reckoned with. With a roster that has included football pros like Mark Brunell, Fred Taylor, Maurice Jones Drew, and currently Blake Bortles and Jalen Ramsey, an experience at the Jaguars' home stadium is worthwhile for any sports fanatic. 

    The Jacksonville Jaguars are part of the AFC East conference. Here are some of the upcoming games for the 2018 -2019 season being held at TIAA Bank Field, aka The Bank. Find tickets and watch some professional football just 45 minutes north of St. Augustine.

    Games Schedule

    Thursday Aug. 9 7:00 p.m.  /  New Orleans Saints (Preseason)

    Saturday Aug. 25  /  7:00 p.m.  /  Atlanta Falcons (Preseason)

    Sunday Sep. 16  /  4:25 p.m.  /  New England Patriots

    Sunday Sep. 23  /  1:00 p.m.  /  Tennessee Titans

    Sunday Sep. 30  /  1:00 p.m.  /   New York Jets

    Sunday Oct. 21  /  1:00 p.m.  /   Houston Texans

    Sunday Nov. 18  /  8:20 p.m.  /  Pittsburgh Steelers

    Sunday Dec. 2  /  1:00 p.m.  /   Indianapolis Colts

    Sunday Dec. 16  /  1:00 p.m.  /   Washington Redskins

    Basketball      

    Orlando Magic

    Down I-95 and west on I-4 are the Orlando Magic, an NBA team founded in 1989. The team has made it to the Finals twice, in 1995 then in 2009. Famous alumni of the team include the likes of Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard. The Magic are part of the Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The upcoming games for the Orlando Magic 2018-2019 season aren't posted yet, but you can find ticket information here and schedule information here

    Games Schedule

    TBA

    Soccer

    Credit: Armada FC

    Jacksonville Armada

    Also known as "The Other Football," clubs that have traditionally been popular in Europe are making their traditions known in America. For soccer fans, back up to Jacksonville on I-95 is the Jacksonville Armada. They are currently in the National Premier Soccer League and switch between playing home games at Hodges Stadium and the University of North Florida. Robert Palmer of RP Funding owns the team and Mark Lowry who represented English clubs Stafford Rangers, Halesowen Town and Hereford United serves as the team's manager. Tickets are available for single matches or season passes.

    Games Schedule

    Saturday Jun. 2  /  7:30 p.m.  /  Storm FC (@Hodges Stadium)

    Wednesday Jun. 6  /  7:00 p.m.  /  Miami FC2 (@Hodges Stadium)

    Sunday Jun. 17  /  7:00 p.m.  /  Boca Raton FC (@Hodges Stadium)

    Saturday Jun. 23  /  7:30 p.m.  /  Miami United FC (@Hodges Stadium)

    Wednesday Jun. 27  /  7:30 p.m.  /  Palm Beach United (@Hodges Stadium)

    Saturday July 7  /  7:30 p.m.  /  Naples United FC (@Hodges Stadium)

    Orlando City SC

    Or for the theme park crowd, Orlando is home to the Orlando City Soccer Club. Orlando City is an official Major League Soccer(MLS) team. They play at Orlando City Stadium in downtown Orlando. Single game tickets are available or season passes.

    Games Schedule

    Saturday May 26  /  7:30 p.m.  /  Chicago Fire

    Saturday Jun. 23  /  7:30 p.m.  /  Montreal Impact

    Saturday July 14  /  8:00 p.m.  /  Toronto FC

    Thursday July 26  /  8:00 p.m.  /  New York City FC

    Saturday Aug. 4  /  7:30 p.m.  /  New England Revolution

    Friday Aug. 24  /  8:00 p.m.  /  Atlanta United FC

    Saturday Sep. 1  /  7:30 p.m.  /  Philadelphia Union

    Saturday Sep. 22  /  7:30 p.m.  /  Houston Dynamo

    Wednesday Oct. 17  /  7:30 p.m.  /  Seattle Sounders FC

    Sunday Oct. 21  /  3:00 p.m.  /  Columbus Crew SC

    Hockey

    Icemen

    The Icemen are the newest hockey franchise to come to Northeast Florida. They are a minor team in the ECHL that started their first season in Jacksonville in 2017-2018. You'd almost be crazy NOT to travel for an away hockey game in Florida, especially considering the coldness of the sport (I mean, do they even use stadiums up north or do they just find an empty lake?). Find the right ticket choice for you and check out the Jacksonville Icemen.

    Games Schedule

    Saturday Oct. 13  /  7:00 p.m.  /  South Carolina

    Friday Oct. 19  /  7:30 p.m.  /  Orlando Solar Bears

    Thursday Oct. 25  /  7:00 p.m.  /  Atlanta

    Friday Oct. 26  /  7:30 p.m.  /  Greenville

    Friday Nov. 2  /  7:30 p.m.  /  Florida

    Saturday Nov. 3  /  7:00 p.m.  /  Florida

    Thursday Nov. 8  /  10:30 a.m.  /  South Carolina

    Monday Nov. 12  /  time TBD  /  Norfolk

    Wednesday Nov. 14  /  7:00 p.m.  /  Florida

    Friday Nov. 16  /  7:30 p.m.  /  Wheeling

    Tuesday Nov. 20  /  7:00 p.m.  /  South Carolina

    Wednesday Nov. 21  /  7:00 p.m.  /  St. John’s

    Friday Nov. 23  /  7:30 p.m.  /  Greenville

    Saturday Nov. 24  /  7:00 p.m.  /  Greenville

    Wednesday Dec. 12  7:00 p.m.  /  Orlando

    Friday Dec. 14  /  7:30 p.m.  /  Atlanta

    Saturday Dec. 15  /  7:00 p.m.  /  ​Florida

    Wednesday Dec. 19  /  7:00 p.m.  /  South Carolina

    Thursday Dec. 27  /  7:00 p.m.  /  ​Orlando

    Friday Dec. 28  /  7:30 p.m.  /  Orlando

    Saturday Jan. 26  /  7:00 p.m.  /  Florida

    Friday Feb. 1  /  7:30 p.m.  /  Norfolk

    Saturday Feb. 2  /  7:00 p.m.  /  Norfolk

    Saturday Feb. 9  /  7:00 p.m.  /  Orlando

    Wednesday Feb. 13  7:00 p.m.  /  Manchester

    Wednesday Feb. 20  /  7:00 p.m.  /  Florida

    Saturday Feb. 23  /  7:00 p.m.  /  Norfolk

    Sunday Feb. 24  /  3:00 p.m.  /  Norfolk

    Wednesday Feb. 27  /  7:00 p.m.  /  Atlanta

    Friday Mar. 1  /  7:30 p.m.  /  South Carolina

    Sunday Mar. 3  /  3:00 p.m.  /  Florida

    Friday Mar. 8  /  7:30 p.m.  /  Greenville

    Saturday Mar. 9  /  7:00 p.m.  /  Greenville

    Sunday Mar. 10  /  3:00 p.m.  /  Atlanta

    Friday Mar. 29  7:30 p.m.  /  Atlanta

    Saturday Mar. 30  /  7:00 p.m.  /  Atlanta

    Baseball

    Jacksonvile Jumbo Shrimp

    The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are aptly named because of the small town feel of the big city, Jacksonville--hence the oxymoron of 'jumbo shrimp.' The team plays at a picturesque stadium in downtown Jacksonville with everything you could want for in baseball grounds: beer, fireworks, hotdogs, Sweet Caroline. The team has a hefty schedule and it's easy to catch a game. 

    Game Schedule

    May 17–21  /  Mobile Baybears

    May 29–Jun. 2  /  Pensacola Blue Wahoos

    Jun. 8–12  /  Biloxi Shuckers

    ​Jun. 13–17  /  Jackson Generals

    Jun. 28–July 3  /  Montgomery Biscuits

    July 8–11  /  Chattanooga Lookouts

    July 12–16  /  Biloxi Shuckers

    July 23–27  /  Montgomery Biscuits

    Aug. 8–12  /  Mississippi Braves

    Aug. 19–23  /  Birmingham Barons

    Aug. 30–Sep. 3  /  Mississippi Braves

    Arena Football

    Credit: Jacksonville Sharks

    The Sharks

    Also known as "The Other Other Football," arena football has gained quite a following with Jacksonville's home team, The Sharks. This version of indoor football is played on a smaller field which makes it easier to score and results in high point games. Northeast Florida's arena football team The Sharks play at the Veteran's Memorial Arena. Tickets are available online.

    Games Schedule

    Saturday June 2  /  7:00 p.m.  /  Columbus Lions

    Saturday June 23  /  7:00 p.m.  /  Maine Mammoths

    Saturday July 21  /  7:00 p.m.  /  Columbus Lions

    Saturday July 28  /  7:00 p.m.  /  Massachusetts Pirates

    If you can't make it to a game, check out our Sports Bars and Pubs category for places to watch a game broadcast on television. 

    Cover photo: The Jacksonville Jaguars





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