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Jags will help Jacksonville land NCAA title game

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Jacksonville may never host another Super Bowl, but that’s not keeping the city from swinging for the fences one level lower.

As Alper pointed out in Friday’s one-liners, Jacksonville plans to try to land the NCAA football championship game, a product of the scrapping of the BCS and the launch of a true (albeit truncated) playoff system.

According to Garry Smits of the Florida Times-Union, the Jaguars will be part of a public-private partnership aimed at landing college football’s coming title game.

“We’re ready to do whatever we can to help the city in this effort,” Jaguars CFO Bill Prescott said.  “This is a win-win for everyone involved if Jacksonville can get this game.”

“We’d be doing the people of Jacksonville a disservice if we didn’t go after this game aggressively,” Jacksonville Sports and Entertainment chairman Alan Verlander said. “This game can be like a Super Bowl. It can be a rallying-point event, a transformative event that can change a city and a community.”

And Jacksonville plans to be relentless.

“We’re not competing against other cities for 10 years,” Verlander said.  “We’re competing against other cities for the first game, and if that doesn’t happen, the next one, or the one after that.  We don’t want people disappointed if we don’t get the first one, because we’ll be trying just as hard to get the second, third or fourth one.”

Dallas, Tampa, Orlando, and Atlanta also are reportedly interested.

For Jacksonville, the challenge could be hotel space.  When the city hosted Super Bowl XXXIX in early 2005, cruise ships were used to ensure that there were enough beds and toilets and other necessities for conducting a major national event.

Then again, the Super Bowl continues to be a much larger event.  Given that Jacksonville already manages to pull off every year the Gator Bowl and the annual Florida-Georgia game, the city has shown that it can put on big events without the assistance of a fleet of Love Boats.  Here’s hoping Jacksonville gets a shot at the newest big event.

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16 Responses to “Jags will help Jacksonville land NCAA title game”
  1. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jun 22, 2012 2:52 PM

    Uh oh. What will the “Florio Hates Jacksonville” crowd say about this one. Guess they’ll pick on Mike’s crack about the cruise ships berths for hotel rooms.

  2. ihateravens says: Jun 22, 2012 3:04 PM

    Jacksonville can accomodate this game. There are a lot of doublewides there that can be used.

  3. shian11 says: Jun 22, 2012 3:05 PM

    Orlando in the running. That stadium is such a dump, the ucf nights went running. I don’t know how they have maintained the 2 bowl games. That can’t even draw a concert to that dump. The city is great, but you can’t hold a title game in a facility that is worse than the teams home games. Just seems like a Dallas, Indianapolis or Atlanta makes more sense

  4. mtheparrothead says: Jun 22, 2012 3:17 PM

    @ihate,

    Says a guy who’s speaks like an ignorant hillbilly. That there Jacksonville there has a lot of double wides that there’s can be used.

  5. rajbais says: Jun 22, 2012 3:33 PM

    Yeah because the NCAA is the only way for the tarps to come off!!!!

    Mike Dempsey of 1010 XL radio in Jacksonville: The tarps are there because the stadium is too big for the market!!!

    What a crap excuse!!! What an embarrassment for a NFL team!!!

  6. marty2019 says: Jun 22, 2012 3:34 PM

    Even though I live in Jacksonville, I think Atlanta would be a great location, because they have a domed stadium, and that game will be played in January. Atlanta does a great job with the SEC Championship game.

  7. jagswag72 says: Jun 22, 2012 3:46 PM

    Jacksonville would do an excellent job hosting the event. The Jaguars assistance in landing the event just provide further demonstartion that Shad Khan is dedicated to Jacksonville.

  8. miamimike1 says: Jun 22, 2012 3:50 PM

    Orlando Citrus Bowl:

    I live here in Orlando an agree 100% with the assessment of the Citrus Bowl. Its a mess. They just announced about ten minutes ago there will be a press conference to talk about a 175 million deal to fix up the stadium. I hope that’s enough money haha. If all goes well an it actually gets done this would be a great spot for a Championship game. We have the hotels the convention center the amusement parks and the airport to handle a game in which business college and family fans can cone and find plenty to do. Many other cities have alot to offer ad well and bowl games will have their pick of great spots . Im just glad they are headed to a playoff style system. They will tweak it as time goes on. Just happy they started .

  9. mcjon22 says: Jun 22, 2012 4:13 PM

    I was at the Super bowl in 2005 and Ive been to a couple Florida-Georgia games too. The atmosphere was great and Jacksonville is very hospitable. The problem is the stadium. To put it bluntly, it’s a dump. It needs Millions upon millions of dollars to make it close to a modern stadium capable of hosting games like this. If Jacksonville i serious about big time football, Pro and College, it needs to invest heavily in that stadium.

  10. effedinLA says: Jun 22, 2012 4:50 PM

    They can sell the upper deck seats as “Just like new” seating!

  11. granadafan says: Jun 22, 2012 4:57 PM

    It’ll be weird to look up in the stands and not see the masses of well-used tarps covering the unsold seats.

  12. duvalbold says: Jun 22, 2012 5:52 PM

    @mcjon22 The stadium is actually getting a completely revamped sound system, HD replay scoreboard system, new beer lines, and improved wireless coverage within the next two years. Shad Khan instituted the changes when he took over in January.

    Other than those much needed improvements, the stadium is far from a “dump” and quite capable of hosting a major sporting event once a year.

  13. joetoronto says: Jun 23, 2012 5:40 AM

    This makes sense, because Jacksonville is a college football town, not an NFL town.

  14. i10east says: Jun 23, 2012 4:28 PM

    The haters are just mad because their city never got to host a Super Bowl.

  15. joe.attaboy says: Jun 24, 2012 6:40 PM

    joetoronto: Jacksonville is not a “college football town.” The NFL games broadcast locally on TV here (not just the Jaguars) consistently blow away college ball ratings. There’s an appearance of “college town” here because Florida and Florida State are so close. The fact is, this is a big military town, and they bring in people who are fans of lots of different pro teams.

    mcjon22: I don’t know where you get the “dump” opinion from. Jacksonville Municipal Stadium (the official name) was built from the ground up between 1993-95. Most of the old Gator Bowl was torn down (with the exception of the basic frame of one end zone) and the current building completely replaced it. The building is spacious, designed specifically for football, has a beautiful field that drains off rain in a matter of minutes, and excellent sight lines. There literally isn’t a bad seat in the place. I don’t know where you get that opinion.

    rajbais: you may think it a “crap” opinion, but it’s a fact. The stadium’s full capacity, without luxury boxes, is almost 74,000. The building was built large to accommodate the Florida-Georgia game (which draws 85,000 a year, meaning extra seats have to be brought in). In the first few years of the franchise, the team routinely had big crowds. Once the initial buzz was over, the crowds fell to more expected levels, and lots of seats weren’t sold. Covering them was an easy way to prevent blackouts. The fact is, our NFL capacity is just about the same as many other NFL teams in larger markets. So, maybe you need to research things before running your mouth.

  16. shackdelrio says: Jun 25, 2012 9:06 AM

    “mcjon22 says:
    Jun 22, 2012 4:13 PM
    I was at the Super bowl in 2005 and Ive been to a couple Florida-Georgia games too. The atmosphere was great and Jacksonville is very hospitable. The problem is the stadium. To put it bluntly, it’s a dump. It needs Millions upon millions of dollars to make it close to a modern stadium capable of hosting games like this. If Jacksonville i serious about big time football, Pro and College, it needs to invest heavily in that stadium.”

    Give me a break. The stadium is far from a dump. Maybe you went to a Gator Bowl before the 1994 renovation. Otherwise, you are just making stuff up.

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