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Jacksonville is not usually described as a college town, but with five acclaimed schools in the area, it should be. Each college offers facilities with ample parking, seating, locker rooms, concession areas and much more.
The University of North Florida (UNF) is the largest university in the region with many modern facilities for tournament and exhibition use. In January 2008, the International Rugby League used UNF's Hodges Stadium to host the first match up on U.S. soil between Leeds Rhinos of the United Kingdom and Australia's South Sydney Rabbitohs. The university is also home to a state-of-the-art arena, boasting parking for 3,000 and a convenient location in the heart of Jacksonville's Southside region. Other facilities include the Aquatic Center, the UNF Tennis Complex, a fast pitch softball stadium, a competition-sized soccer field, a multi-purpose recreation field, a golf management and learning center along with the UNF Track/Soccer Stadium, which boasts a 9-lane Olympic quality track.
Other Jacksonville colleges and universities have unique, world-class facilities including Edward Waters University (EWU), a Historically Black College; Jacksonville University, a private college on the St. Johns River with a NCAA Division 1 program; and the five campuses of the Florida State College at Jacksonville, each with its own specialties and attributes. Combined, these facilities have been used to host intercollegiate football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, crew and sailing, tennis, wrestling and track and field.