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Jags' best friend? NFL team first with dog park inside stadium

Announcement made at State of the Franchise address

The Jacksonville Jaguars announce the team will be adding a dog park to the south end zone.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – These cats are for the dogs.

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Thursday a plan to be the first NFL team to have a dog park inside the stadium.

The 2,000-square-foot area, operated by Pet Paradise, will open this fall in the south end zone and feature artificial turf, a pool and palm trees.

Fans can leave their dogs there and go watch the game. Or they can stay in the park with their dogs during the action.

"People are just taking their pets everywhere now," said Fernando Acosta-Rua, president and CEO of Pet Paradise. "Pets are just becoming more and more part of the family, so it's a natural extension to be able to take them wherever you're going."

Pet Paradise is based in Jacksonville and has 34 resorts across the country.

Acosta-Rua says more details, including cost, will be released in the coming weeks.