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Jaguars Ask City to Amend Lease to Get Suite Back

10:01 PM, May 12, 2011   |    comments
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  • Councilman Warren Jones introduced ordinance at Jaguars request, says fair thing to do if city isn't using
  • Bill Prescott of Jaguars says team can sell suite and tickets for more money if lease is amended
    

JACKSONVILLE, Fla - The city hasn't used its Everbank Field suite or tickets for two years, so the Jaguars have asked to amend the lease to get them back to sell to someone else.

City councilman Warren Jones is sponsoring an ordinance to amend the lease and give back the rights to a 48-seat suite and tickets to games. Tight budgets have led the city to stop purchasing the tickets that went to the mayor and city council offices.

"If we are not going to use the suite, not going to use the tickets, by right they should have it back so they can generate added revenue," said Jones. "It's the right thing to do , the fair thing to do."

Bill Prescott, senior vice president of the Jaguars, said the team's hands were tied when the city did not buy tickets.

"Technically we don't have the right to sell the suite because it is in our lease. It says the city is entitled to it, really trying to get it squared away, so we have the legal right to sell it to a third party."

The city will also give back rights to 35 free tickets it gets from the Jaguars in the end zone and club areas. The Jags can sell the suite tickets at a higher rate since the city paid the average  ticket price for the suite tickets.

Meanwhile the Jags are selling just a few tickets now, since sales have slowed due to the NFL lockout.

But Prescott said the team is still sending the message that fans can pick great seats, pay for them and get their money back with interest if there is no football. Teal deals will still be good whether or not there are football games. 

Football could resume with just a few weeks notice before the season and the Jaguars want the stadium to be full once there is a kickoff.

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