Where Can I Catch Sports Nearby?
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.
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.
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
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.
Credit: Armada FC
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
Credit: Jacksonville 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.
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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