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The Jaguars fan support and attendance is at its best since 2008.
One of the largest areas of criticism of Jacksonville is the lack of fan support for the team. Although the Jaguars annually rank last in the NFL in popularity, the perception that Jacksonvillians do not support the team is simply not true.
The fan support hit rock bottom in 2009 when nine out of the 10 home games were blacked out. Fan support and attendance has improved drastically since that season, and there have been no blackouts since 2009.
The Jaguars' 2012 home attendance numbers rank 21st in the league in both average number of people attended and average percentage of the stadium filled.
The Jaguars average 64,231 fans at each home game. This is more than Detroit, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Cincinnati, Arizona, Minnesota, San Diego, Miami, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Oakland.
A better indication of the Jaguars fan support is the percentage of seats filled, as EverBank Field is 95.6 percent full on average for games in 2012. The percentage is higher than the percentages in Minnesota, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Cleveland, Kansas City, St. Louis, Washington, Oakland, Tampa Bay, San Diego and Miami.
Some of the tarps that cover almost 10,000 seats have been removed for three games in 2012. This marks the first season tarps have been removed since they were added in 2005.
The Jaguars fan support gets better each year, and if that trend continues, the team will be able to stay in Jacksonville.