Jacksonville Armada

The Jacksonville Armada FC U-23 squad prepares for a game.
Jacksonville Armada FC

The Jacksonville Armada FC pro soccer team is ending its partnership with the Armada FC Youth Academy, which will now revert to its former name, Jacksonville FC.

City Council Approves Land Option For Armada Soccer Stadium

Jan 29, 2020
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Jacksonville Armada

The City Council unanimously approved a land option agreement for a lot north of the Fairgrounds in a move that could set the stage for a new stadium for Jacksonville Armada soccer.

Jessica Palombo

The owner of the Jacksonville Armada wants to build a soccer stadium on the city’s Eastside, just north of the existing venues for baseball, football and hockey. 

Surrounding the city land where the soccer stadium is being proposed is a historically black community that has struggled with economic development, and residents there are looking at their potential new neighbor with a mix of skepticism and hope.

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Tiffany Salameh

Florida businessman Robert Palmer has bought the Jacksonville Armada, he announced Tuesday.

On Monday’s First Coast Connect we discussed the problem of sewage overflows in Jacksonville after Hurricane Matthew. More than 11 million gallons of sewage have been discharged around Duval County, and after Hurricane Hermine, 20 million gallons flowed into Tampa Bay. Host Melissa Ross spoke by phone with Alyson Kenward of Climate Central, an independent organization researching climate change. We also spoke with Bill Mefford, the faith outreach specialist for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, regarding a Monday meeting at the First Coast Freethought Society, and Cole Pepper talked about the Jaguars win over the Chicago Bears plus the weekend’s sports news.   


Kevin Meerschaert

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both presented their economic plans last week, outlining very different ideas for what they'd do to grow jobs if they get elected.

On Monday's First Coast Connect, we talked with two University of North Florida economists about how Trump and Clinton's policies will affect the First Coast.

Jacksonville Will Host World Cup Qualifier Match

Mar 29, 2016
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Jacksonville is celebrating a win for sports tourism.

The men’s U.S. soccer team will play Trinidad and Tobago at Everbank Field in September.

The game will be a World Cup qualifier, the sixth match of the fourth round.


As a new Jacksonville City Council prepares to convene for the first time this month, there is renewed controversy over the issue of sectarian prayer at Council meetings. Over the years, meetings have often, but not always, began with an invocation of Christian prayer. Activists have long held this violates the Constitution and have called for either a moment of silence or a more inclusive prayer tradition to recognize those of other faiths or no faith living in Duval County.

Jacksonville University is making new efforts to help Jacksonville's Arlington neighborhood, including a community development program and a Charter Day of Service. We speak with Jacksonville University President Tim Cost and Brigadier General (Retired) Michael Fleming, JU's Chief Government, Military & Community Relations Officer.

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The Jacksonville Armada soccer team kicks off its first regular season in the North American Soccer League this Saturday with a match against F.C. Edmonton.

Not only does the Armada want to win on the soccer pitch, the team wants to win in the stands by setting a new NASL attendance record.

WJCT sports analyst Cole Pepper says that’s entirely possible.

“The record is 14,593 set last year in Ottowa when Ottowa opened up their new place. So remember that the Armada drew 13,934 for the pre-season opener at EverBank Field, so it wouldn’t take much more than that.”


We speak with State Attorney candidate Wes White. White is the first filed challenger against current State Attorney Angela Corey, and will face her in the 2016 Republican primary.

In this month's First Coast Success segment, the Financial News & Daily Record's Karen Brune Mathis interviews Jacksonville business leader and philanthropist David Hicks.

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed sweeping new regulations governing broadband Internet service. The FCC will vote on the proposal later this month. The measure would guarantee what is known as net neutrality by banning broadband companies from discriminating between different content providers based on how much they can pay. We speak with Ray Hollister and Tom Braun, the hosts of WJCT's technology podcast Deemable Tech.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars got back on the field and the Jacksonville Armada Football Club took another step towards finalizing their roster this weekend. Cole Pepper has it all in his weekly sports wrap.

Jacksonville Armada Football Club

The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville will be home to two professional teams next year.

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The World Cup is down to four teams, and despite the U.S. not being among them soccer is getting a boost in popularity across the country. Cole Pepper has the latest in his First Coast Connect weekly sports wrap.

State of the Re:Union, Ability Housing, and the Jacksonville Armada are in the headlines today.

Rhema Thompson / WJCT

Jacksonville’s new North American Soccer League has just named the its first head coach.

Is Jacksonville Becoming A Soccer Town?

Jun 9, 2014
Patrick Donges / WJCT

A growing number of people on the First Coast are interested in soccer.

That seems to be the message sent by the record number of fans who showed up  for the US Men’s match against Nigeria on Saturday, June 7 at Everbank Field.

Joel Lamp, interim director of the city of Jacksonville’s Sports and Entertainment department says it’s no surprise that attendance topped 52,000.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars, Suns, Sharks, Armada, the U.S. men's national soccer team, and powerboat racing are all making waves this week. Cole Pepper told us all about it in his weekly sports wrap.

Jacksonville Jaguars

There was a record turnout this weekend at the Jacksonville Jaguars' rookie minicamp. Cole Pepper has the latest on the Jags, Sharks, Suns and Armada in his weekly sports wrap.

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The sports world is still buzzing about the racist statements made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Cole Pepper gave his take on the story and discussed the week in local sports.

University of Florida

The Florida Gators are headed to the Final Four. With just two wins separating them from the NCAA Championship, can they go all the way?

International Olympic Committee

With the 2014 Winter Olympics in the books and the UF Gators set to top the AP college hoops poll, Cole Pepper broke down the week in sports on our weekly First Coast sports wrap.

Flagler College, Mayor Alvin Brown, and the Florida Standards are in the headlines today.