Disco, bell bottoms, platform shoes, and big afros, and football. These are the images the Jacksonville Sharks want going through the heads of fans as the regular-season finale against the Tampa Bay Storm will be both ’70s Night and Fan Appreciation Night.
At times, these Sharks looked like the original Jacksonville Sharks who took the field in the World Football League in 1974 (just with different uniforms). However, unlike that infamous team that went 4-10 before they folded, these Sharks have a bit more bite, and a playoff run to look forward to.
While kickoff was literally rolled back from Sunday afternoon to Saturday night, the Sharks added an extra twist to the typical Fan Appreciation Night (which, thanks to the election, will also be Voter Appreciation Night this year) with the 1970s theme, which will feature a halftime performance by the Boogie Freaks, a local band, and retro tin Sharks lunch boxes for the first 1,000 kids in attendance (a bonus just in time for back to school). The Boogie Freaks will also be around post-game for a second performance during the autograph session.
Fans are encouraged to dust off their old clothes and wear them to the game, provided all safety rules and regulations are respected, of course.