New Jaguars owner Shahid Khan wants to remove the tarps at Everbank Field. While that may not be practical, the team could be looking for other ways to alter the maximum capacity of the venue without forcing the Jaguars to use fabric of any kind when preparing the stadium for NFL games.
According to Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal, new team president Mark Lamping recently explained that removing the tarps would result in 80,000 seats, making Everbank Field one of the largest facilities in the league. And so Lamping apparently is looking for ways to more naturally adjust the NFL arrangement, pointing to the fact that the ’90s-era installation of a manual baseball scoreboard at Busch Stadium in St. Louis organically carved 6,000 seats out of the stadium.
Thus, the buzzword for the Jaguars has become “resizing.” In this regard, the biggest challenge will be devising a configuration that allows for the annual accommodation of the full 80,000 (and then some) for the Florida-Georgia college football game.
Regardless of the numbers of seats that need to be sold, the Jaguars have hired Legends Sales and Marketing to assist with the effort to sell tickets. Per Kaplan, Legends executive Chad Johnson will work on a full-time basis in the Jaguars offices.
Making the choice of Legends somewhat intriguing is the fact that the company is jointly owned by the New York Yankees — and the Dallas Cowboys.
So, basically, the team that routinely fills up a cavernous venue in North Texas will now be working with the Jaguars to help them sell however many tickets need to be sold once Everbank Field is “resized.”