In the never ending quest to make the in-stadium experience more desirable than staying at home (except for the “clear plastic bags only” thing), teams are looking for ways to upgrade their NFL venues.
The Jaguars announced today that they’re joining the battle to have the biggest and best video systems.
The team unveiled today an agreement with Jacksonville to make roughly “$63 million in major enhancements” to EverBank Field. The enhancements will include new video boards in each end zone, measuring 55 by 301 feet each.
That’s 301 feet. As in one foot longer than the length of the field.
A new platform area will be added to the north end of the stadium, which will result in the removal of 7,000 seats.
The Jags will kick in roughly $20 million, with the City of Jacksonville picking up the rest. The Jags will be responsible for any cost overruns.
Jaguars fans already are declaring that this means the team will never move. And while it makes the abandonment of Jacksonville less likely, it’s still too early to rule out a split schedule between Jacksonville and England.
After all, it’s only $63 million in enhancements. It’s not like they’re building a new stadium.