JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars and owner Shad Khan propose a plan for a development project around TIAA Bank Field that would include the self-contained soccer field coach Urban Meyer wanted.
The cost of the two-phase project would be more than $ 441 million, with Khan paying for half of the $ 120 million football facility. The Jaguars hope the project will be the first step in what they call the stadium of the future for Jaguars fans, which may mean major renovations – or possibly even a brand new one – over the next decade.
“Shad is making a big bet on our future,” Jaguars President Mark Lamping said in a statement. “So this is a big plan. If we work together, we can make that happen.”
– Urban Meyer (@CoachUrbanMeyer) June 3, 2021
Although the team hopes construction could begin by the end of the year, the proposal has yet to be approved by several city committees as well as the city council. Khan was the driving force of an earlier $ 450 million project proposal, similar to the new proposal (with no practice facility) in another area next to the stadium, but the city council failed to get a majority last January and the project was abandoned.
Meyer has been vocal about his desire for a new football facility because he believes the team’s current line-up – which includes everything inside the TIAA Bank Field – is inadequate.
The proposed 125,000 square meter facility would be built outside the north end of the stadium and would include changing rooms, meeting rooms, exercise and recreation areas, medical facilities, a weight room, dining rooms and offices. It would also include public viewing booths, restrooms, concession areas, a retail store, and a public assembly room.
In addition, there would be two large grass practice areas and a full-size indoor practice field. The Jaguars currently have an indoor training field at the south end of the stadium, but the new plan would make it available to the city government for parks and recreation for more than 300 days a year.
The proposal was that the team would sign a long-term lease for the facility and that the team – not the city – would be responsible for ongoing maintenance and operating costs.
The team and the associated real estate development company hope that construction can begin by the end of the year and be completed in 2023.
A separate facility outside the stadium would allow the team to continue normal operations while work on the city-owned stadium continues, the team said in its press release. The team has paved the way for significant work on the city’s own stadium but has not released any suggestion of possible renovation or construction work on the stadium or whether Khan would be willing to contribute money to the project.
However, Khan has contributed $ 76 million to fund previous renovations: $ 11 million to renovate locker rooms and weight rooms, $ 20 million to build the largest scoreboard in the NFL and build two pools, and $ 45 million -Dollars to finance an indoor exercise facility and outdoor amphitheater and renovate the club seats.
The other items in Phase 1 of the proposal include a Four Seasons hotel and residences, office space and renovations to the city’s own marina. The team said the total cost for Phase 1 would be $ 441 million.
Phase 2 includes an orthopedic sports medicine complex, retail space and a parking garage. No costs were listed for phase 2.
“My goal is to make downtown Jacksonville the envy of cities here in the US and elsewhere, and I see no reason why we cannot achieve that goal,” Khan said in a statement. “I am confident that we have the local leadership, spirit, and commitment to enliven downtown Jacksonville in ways that will make the world stand out while serving the needs of the community and the people who serve Jacksonville Make home. “