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SBD/June 18, 2012/Facilities
Jaguars Announce Plans To Build New On-Site Practice Facility
Published June 18, 2012
DEVIL IN THE DETAILS: In Jacksonville, Michael Clinton notes improvements at EverBank Field will total about $7.5M and funding for the upgrades “comes from the city’s Sports Complex Maintenance Improvement Fund, which receives 2 percent of the 6 percent hotel bed tax.” Prescott said that the new sound system “will have the biggest impact this year.” Prescott: “We all realized the sound system is something that is critical and it took a while to design a system. I think our fans will find that to be the most dramatic improvement.” New arrays of speakers “will be placed in the light towers, in the north end zone and the wall where the electronic ribbon boards are mounted.” Prescott: “You normally wouldn’t think it would make a big impact, but after having been to Metlife and Cowboys stadiums, you see how big of an impact it is.” Meanwhile, Clinton notes some of the features for the new practice facility “include more lockers, a ‘spa look’ in the bathrooms and an overall upgrade in terms of looks and amenities.” The weight room, which “already has a preliminary design, will be Phase two of the upgrades,” and will start “after the 2012 season finishes.” Prescott: “We want to be able to demonstrate to free agents that the facility is state-of-the-art” (JACKSONVILLE BUSINESS JOURNAL, 6/15 issue).