Near EverBank Field sits a tract of waterfront land owned by the city of Jacksonville, and the Jaguars are reportedly pondering whether to work to develop the land.
According to the Financial News and Daily Record of Jacksonville, the club will decide in the next six months if it wants to have a role in developing 40 acres of land near the St. John’s River in Jacksonville’s Shipyards area.
Per the publication, Jaguars president Mark Lamping has indicated a multi-use building housing an indoor practice facility for the club could conceivably be one of the properties built if the club were to come on board.
“We want it to be something that meets several goals: Makes a trip to the sports complex more attractive, supports more people living Downtown and more people working Downtown,” Lamping said, according to the publication.
Lamping told the Financial News and Daily Record that any development overseen by the team would have “some Jaguars theming” to it.
Also, he indicated the team would want to take the lead on such a project.
“If we get involved, we’re going to want to be the master developer,” Lamping said, per the Financial News and Daily Record.
The Jaguars play about a mile from the St. John’s River, so their interest in the real estate around their home is quite logical. Given the Jaguars’ willingness to think outside the box since Shad Khan purchased the club — witness the addition of pools and cabana-style seating to the north endzone of EverBank Field — it would be interesting to see what the club would do if it developed the land.