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Jags, Jacksonville reach tentative deal for funding stadium upgrades


With the football team not playing very well and giving away beer for tickets frowned upon by groups like MADD, stadium upgrades could be the only way in the short term to get people excited about going to Jaguars games.

On Wednesday, the team announced that funding tentatively has been secured by Jacksonville to proceed with enhancements announced in June.  Under the plan, the Jaguars will pay roughly 20 million, and Jacksonville’s $43 million contribution will come from existing revenue sources that already are used for stadium purposes.

The plan will be submitted to Jacksonville City Council on Wednesday.

The improvements, if approved, will include the biggest video scoreboards “in the world,” a new scoreboard control room, and a new platform area in the north end zone.

“Everyone who attends an event at EverBank Field is going to fall in love with these improvements,” team president Mark Lamping said.  “We owe our fans nothing less than the very best in-stadium experience.  This up-to-date stadium technology will give fans the best in video quality, real-time content, out-of-town game action, fantasy football statistics, multiple-angle replays and create a personality for EverBank Field which is distinctly Jacksonville.”

On the issue of “out-of-town game action,” Lamping previously has said that the new scoreboards possibly will play the popular RedZone channel continuously.

While the stadium improvements could help persuade more fans to come to games, nothing brings out paying customers like a competitive team.  That’s not what the Jags have been this year, losing all four games by a combined score of 129-31, which works out to a per-game average of more than 32 to less than eight.

Fans in Jacksonville welcomed owner Shahid Khan and his excellent mustache with open arms in 2012.  But with only two wins in 20 games played on Khan’s watch, those open arms quickly will become closed wallets if the Jaguars don’t at least start losing by at least two scores or less.

While Khan’s personal story of American success is an inspiring one, he is presiding over a depressing time in team history.  If the current trend continues, with the Jags being far worse than the next-worse NFL team, the man who has had two coaches and two General Managers in two seasons will have to ask himself whether he needs to press the reset button again.

In the interim, it’s hard to see how the Jaguars can generate any excitement or hope.  Although the local cries for Tim Tebow have died down considerably in recent weeks, the Jaguars can be horrible without him and struggle to generate any interest or relevance, or they can be horrible with him but attract attention and lure fans with something other than bells, whistles, and/or booze.

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16 Responses to “Jags, Jacksonville reach tentative deal for funding stadium upgrades”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 2, 2013 4:43 PM

    They’ve reached a tentative. But it will be a large tentative made of the finest canvas and aluminum.

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 2, 2013 4:43 PM

    Just Say NO …. to any public funding.

  3. rsjem1979 says: Oct 2, 2013 4:47 PM

    So the upgrades, essentially, allow Jags fans to watch other, non-terrible teams on a bigger screen?

  4. zoxitic says: Oct 2, 2013 4:56 PM

    This news doesn’t quite fit the “Jaguars moving” narrative, does it trolls?

  5. eugenesaxe1 says: Oct 2, 2013 4:57 PM

    “We owe our fans nothing less than the very best in-stadium experience.”
    You can polish a turd, but all you end up with is a nice stadium and crappy team.

  6. ampats says: Oct 2, 2013 4:59 PM

    Since the Jaguars are headed for London, they should make improvements to Wembley Stadium.

  7. thegrey7 says: Oct 2, 2013 5:02 PM

    They will get these stadium upgrades just in time for the Jags to move to L.A.

  8. gojags says: Oct 2, 2013 5:06 PM

    Gene Smith single handedly screwed this team roster. This team has zero talent. It is hard to imagine that Gene is still getting paid while he warms his couch at home. I only hope Caldwell is the right guy and turn this around.

    Note: We all thought Gene Smith would turn this organization around when he took the GM job from his predecessor Shack Harris to only find that he is way worse than Shack.

  9. lucasblack12 says: Oct 2, 2013 5:11 PM

    How do they get this approved when no one goes to the damn games.

  10. michaeljacksonisback says: Oct 2, 2013 5:12 PM

    Why would they add seats so they can just tarp them off?

  11. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 2, 2013 5:20 PM

    The Florida Times – Union reported that the stadium upgrades will consist of blindfolds, cyanide capsules, razor blades, and earplugs under every stadium seat.

  12. chicagobtech says: Oct 2, 2013 5:28 PM

    Interesting that Jacksonville is contributing money that was supposed to be used for stadium needs. What were they doing with that money prior to this arrangement?

  13. Paul says: Oct 2, 2013 5:33 PM

    I’ve been to a game at this stadium. It’s just fine. It’s not what is keeping people away.

  14. purpleguy says: Oct 2, 2013 5:55 PM

    Why waste improvement money if you want to attract fans down there, all you have to do is erect a Tebow statue and offer free beer.

  15. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 2, 2013 6:01 PM

    Now all they need is a new owner, new GM, new coaching staff and new players and they’ll be all set

  16. doe22us says: Oct 3, 2013 1:05 AM

    Great, our team sucks, but guess what you get a TV. This rings to me as misplaced priorities but carry on as you were.

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