Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan is donating 1,000 tickets to their wildcard game against Buffalo Bills to refugees from all around the world, including 500 Puerto Ricans who came to Florida in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
Khan, who is the first ethnic minority to own a team in the NFL, and the Jaguars Foundation decided to donate 500 tickets to refugees from around the world, and another 500 tickets specifically reserved for Puerto Ricans who were displaced by the recent hurricane, the NFL.com reports.
“The Jaguars’ first home playoff appearance in very long time is an event that should be shared with as many people as possible, across all spectrums, who call Jacksonville their home,” Khan said in a statement published on the team’s official website. “Whether it’s a home game in August or January, it’s important for the Jaguars to consistently be good citizens and do the right thing for our community. Hopefully, the experience on Sunday will give our guests a well-deserved break from what can be severe challenges in their daily lives, and if we can give them a victory on the field, it will make for a perfect day.”
The Jaguars Wild Card game against the Bills on Sunday will be their first home playoff game in nearly two decades.
In addition to donating 1,000 tickets to refugees, Khan and the Jaguars have decided to provide 1,500 tickets to local military members at a subsidized cost of $20 per ticket.
“The military is synonymous with Jacksonville and we are proud, as always, to have those who serve in attendance on Sunday,” Khan said. “The playoffs are a great reward for all of our fans, but I am particularly pleased for our servicemen and servicewomen who have played a major role in the game day experience at EverBank Field and simply given us unbelievable support over the years. The long wait for playoff football in Jax ends Sunday!”
The AFC Wild Card matchup between Jacksonville and Buffalo will kick off at 1 p.m. on Sunday.