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SMG, Global Spectrum Battle Over Operation Of Jacksonville Venues
Published July 11, 2012
TROUBLE WITH THE TARPS: In Jacksonville, Vito Stellino noted Jaguars officials are trying to "come up with new ideas to improve the fan experience at EverBank Field this season." Jaguars President Mark Lamping said that the team will "make an announcement in August before the first preseason game outlining all the new features, though the stadium's new video scoreboards might not be installed before 2014." He added that the team is "finding it difficult to implement one of their bigger ideas -- taking the tarps off the covered seats without increasing the size of the stadium." Lamping: "We'd like to get something done this year, but maybe we won't be able to. It needs to be done in a way to enhance the fan experience as opposed to an advertising panel." Owner Shahid Khan earlier this year said of removing the tarps, "To me, every day I look at the tarps, it is like underachieving, and I can't wait to be able to do that" (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 7/9).