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Published October 9, 2013
TEST DRIVE: In Jacksonville, David Bauerlein notes barring a "final-day surge in ticket sales" for tonight's Pelicans-Magic NBA preseason game at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, the game "will be played before fewer fans than turned out in 2009 for the previous NBA face-off in Jacksonville." Through yesterday "about 5,000 tickets had been sold" in the 13,000-seat arena. Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown said that the game "is the centerpiece for community activities spread over two days." He added, "It's already a success." City of Jacksonville Communications Dir David DeCamp said that ticket sales so far "have been enough to make the game financially viable." Bauerlein notes the budget for the NBA in Jacksonville this time around is "about $335,000, which covers the game and a pre-game Fan Fest." DeCamp said that the city's cost "is limited to $15,000 for the Fan Fest, organized by the Office of Special Events." He added that Jacksonville has "attracted $40,000 in sponsors but did not have a breakdown on the sponsors and their contributions" (JACKSONVILLE.com, 10/9).