The Jacksonville Jaguars have become the first team in the NFL American football league to introduce an in-stadium dog park.
Due to open on August 9 at the Jaguars’ TIAA Bank Field, Pet Paradise Park has been designed to help raise money for the Jacksonville Humane Society.
Fans can leave their dogs at the park while they enjoy Jaguars home games. Those fans that opt to use the facility can drop their pets off three-and-a-half hours before kickoff and can pick up an hour after the game.
The dog-only facility will feature a large artificial turf play area, a bone-shaped swimming pool, professional veterinary services and various pet suites.
In addition, all dogs that are booked at the facility must undergo a veterinary check to ensure they are up to date with vaccinations, compatible with other animals and suited to the park.
Fans can book their dogs into the park by entering the Pet Paradise Top Dog sweepstakes on the Jaguars website or bidding on one of five gameday packages. Season ticket-holders can also win one of five places each game.
According to WJCT, Scott Massey, who is the team’s senior vice-president of corporate partnerships at the Jaguars, said the idea is to give fans an experience at the stadium “that is as close to, and better than what they can get at home”.
The Jaguars plan to welcome 250 dogs to the park during the 2018 season. The team hopes to raise $50,000 (€43,190/£38,600) for the Jacksonville Humane Society.