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Jaguars home game in London sold out

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Updated: 9/04/2013 7:21 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Weeks after the game was announced, Action News has learned the Jaguars home football game in London sold out.

"Sold out. It's going to be a great experience," said Jeff Fingland, owner of Sports Mania.

As a season ticket holder, Fingland is a little bummed to be losing a home game this season. The Jags will take on the San Fransisco 49ers overseas in London. But as a Jaguars merchandise business owner, he is ecstatic about the possibilities.

"We're going to be a destination and we're the locally owned team store so this is where people come, so we're looking forward to it," he said.

He thinks sales will be booming in the UK in a matter of years, thanks to the partnership. Patricia Jimenez with Visit Jacksonville said he won't be the only one reaping big rewards.

"Every visitor that comes to Jacksonville saves the taxpayer about $500 a year," she said.

She said the move is really putting Jacksonville on the map globally and is becoming a new travel destination for folks who before didn't even know the city existed.

"Sometimes they go to some of the bigger cities and we get to miss out on those visitors. So hopefully now that they kind of own a piece of the Jacksonville Jaguars they'll feel like they can come to Jacksonville and add us to their vacation plans," Jimenez said.

The game is set for Sunday, Oct. 27. The team will play one home game a year in London for four consecutive seasons.
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