To that end, the Jaguars are taking more measures to help fans cope with temperatures that are forecast to be near 90 degrees at kickoff — about the same conditions as last week against Kansas City, when more than 100 fans were treated and three dozen transported to area medical facilities, according to First Coast News, the Times-Union's news partner.
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Each ticket-holder can bring one commercially-branded, factory-sealed plastic container of water that is 16.9 ounces or less. Refillable bottled water stations can be found at water fountains throughout the stadium.
Complimentary cups and ice are available at all guest services booths.
JTA cooling buses will be available at Ramps 1 and 4, with water coolers nearby.
Assistance in case of heat-related issues can be found at the following areas: Main Concourse, North end zone at Section 123; Southeast corner at Section 144 and Southwest corner at Section 102; Upper Concourse, West upper deck at Section 410 and East upper deck at Section 436; Gallagher Club, East and West, at ground level and outside the elevators on the upper and lower levels.
Fans are also reminded that the South End Zone and Daily's Place provide shade, concessions and seating. Fans can follow the game on the big screen in Daily's Place.
Traffic and parking
Fans can expect some delays in traffic and reaching stadium parking lots due to construction and street closures, plus the implementation of mobile parking passes last week.
Drivers who park in stadium lots are asked to have their mobile parking passes downloaded and saved prior to their arrival, and then up on their smartphones before entering the lots.
Stadium lots will open at 9 a.m. Fans are requested to arrive early to avoid congestion.
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Honoring Hispanic heritage
The Jaguars have distributed more than 300 tickets to Hispanic community leaders, non-profits, youth and families to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month.
Hispanic Heritage posters will be given away in the Fan Entertainment Zone in the South End Zone and Flex Field while supplies last and "Somos Duuuval" t-shirts will be on sale in the Miller Electric Pro Shop, Store 4 and West Club Pro Shop.
Game Day Patriotism
The National Anthem will be performed by Marvin Zapf, a 36-year U.S. Army veteran. The Anthem will be signed by Kayla Debrow, a junior at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine who plays on the school's volleyball, basketball and flag football teams.
The colors will be presented by members of the Official Color Guard of the Marine Corps Support Facility, Blount Island Command in Jacksonville.
The flyover will be performed by the Training Squadron TEN from Naval Air Station Pensacola. VT-10 provides the primary training for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines and International Student Naval Flight Officers on the T-6A.
Staff Sgt. Kenney Torres will be the bell ringer. He joined the U.S. Army in 2006 and has completed three combat tours, one in Iraq as a medical lab technician and two in Afghanistan as an aviation mechanic and door gunner. He is currently a drill sergeant at Fort Jackson, S.C., and flew a Jaguars flag from the window of a Black Hawk helicopter during his tour of Afghanistan.
Cmdr. Bob Willen is the veteran of the game. He enlisted in the Navy in 1973 and is a veteran of Vietnam, the first Gulf War and the Global War on Terrorism. He was on active duty for 32 years and deployed 12 times on seven aircraft carriers. This month marks the 50th anniversary of his enlistment. He and Sandy, his wife of 44 years, live in Fleming Island.
The first "Duuuval" will be delivered by Paul Martinez, president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida. He has overseen the growth of the organization in eight years to 12 locations in two counties to 56 in four counties, plus McKenzie's Camp Deep Pond. He also is the co-founder of Mission Clubs, which serves kids in Panama.
The Jaguars will wear white jerseys and white pants against the Texans. The last time the Jaguars wore all white, they beat the New York Jets on the road 19-3 last December.
— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) September 20, 2023
Clear bag policy: The NFL’s clear bag policy is in effect at EverBank Stadium. Fans are encouraged to leave all bags at home but if one is necessary, it should be either a clear bag no larger than 12” x 6” x 12” or a non-clear bag no larger than 4.5” x 6.5.” Non-clear belt bags and fanny packs are prohibited.
Hydrate: Fans are permitted to bring one, commercially branded, factory-sealed, plastic bottle that is 16.9 oz. or less. A Cooling Bus will be available at Ramp 4 and Ramp 2 with water coolers nearby.
Cashless Transactions: Cash is no longer accepted anywhere in the stadium. In addition to traditional scan and chip options, all fixed points of sale will offer tap or scan payment options including JagsPay, Apple, Google and Samsung Pay.
Tobacco-free: EverBank Stadium is a tobacco-free facility. All tobacco products (including e-cigarettes) are prohibited. No guest re-entry will be permitted.
Game Day schedule
9 a.m. — Stadium parking lots, game day ticket office (North end zone between Gates 2 and 3), Miller Electric Center for the team store, photo ops and cornhole open.
10 a.m. — Gates 1 and 4 and Fan Entertainment Zone (South end zone between Gates 1 and 4) open.
11 a.m. — All other stadium gates and areas open.
12:48 p.m. — First "Duuuval."
12:49 p.m. — Jaxon De Ville aerial stunt.
12:50 p.m. — The ROAR of the Jaguars perform.
12:53 p.m. — Jaguars defensive starters introduced.
1 p.m. — Kickoff against the Houston Texans.
This article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: Jaguars vs. Texans game day guide: When to arrive and how to stay cool