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Jaguars, City of Jacksonville Agree On $63M In Improvements To EverBank Field
Published June 20, 2013
COVERAGE PLAN: The AP's Jeff Elliott noted the 7,000 seats being removed "were previously covered by tarps." Temporary seating can be "installed for major events that require a larger stadium capacity," such as the Florida-Georgia game. The Jaguars will fund 75% of the videoboards' estimated $26.5M cost "with the city of Jacksonville funding" the remainder. The city also will fund the estimated $36.4M to build the "north end zone fan engagement area as well as the necessary infrastructure and control room to support the video scoreboards" (AP, 6/19). Sports architect Populous is designing the stadium upgrades. Senior Principal Dennis Wellner is in charge of the project. The K.C.-based firm developed the facility’s last major renovation in '95 (Don Muret, Staff Writer).
HOME IS WHEREVER I'M WITH YOU: Khan yesterday "emphasized the organization’s commitment to Jacksonville but also the benefit of playing one game per year in London." NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that if the NFL "goes to three London games per year, 'what we’ll likely do is ask Jacksonville to potentially play two or ask three different teams to host.'" In Jacksonville, O'Halloran notes Khan "didn’t express disappointment with Goodell’s comments." Khan: "What I’m focused on right now, what we’re focused on as a team and what we’re committed to is four games in London." The Jaguars have a four-year agreement to "play a home game in London" (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 6/20).