EverBank Field Development Renderings

November 12, 2015 229 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

Here's a look at the proposal by Mayor Lenny Curry and the Jacksonville Jaguars for the next round of capital improvements at EverBank Field.

According to the Jax Daily Record the $90 million project includes the following:

• Replacing all 11,000 seats in the east and west club sections of the stadium for $25 million. Each side would lose 1,500 seats, bringing the total down to about 8,000, which is about the NFL average. Filling the void would be constructed outdoor decks.

• An indoor FlexField practice facility located along the southern portion of the stadium adjacent to Gator Bowl Boulevard. The site has been used as an entertainment area for years. The new concept will cost $20 million and provide a multiuse facility owned by the city that can house concerts and other events in addition to the team’s football activities. The Jaguars would manage the facility.

• An amphitheater, at a cost of $45 million. The facility would be tucked between the practice facility and the stadium. It could accommodate 10,000 people — 5,000 in fixed seating and 5,000 on a berm. Like the practice facility, the city would own this. However, a Jaguars subsidiary, American Thunder, would manage and operate it.

The city would be able to use the indoor facility and amphitheater by providing the team 60 days’ notice.

Both, the Jacksonville Jaguars and City of Jacksonville would split the $90 million bill equally. The city would leverage the bed tax, which generates around $6 million annually, to pay its share of the project.

If approved, construction could start in early 2016 with all work completed in time for the Jaguars 2016-17 NFL season.

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