JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- EverBank Field is about to sound a whole lot better. Construction crews on Friday could be seen working on installing new speakers from the stadium's light towers, next to the north and south scoreboards, and all around the perimeter of upper deck.
Previously, the stadium's speakers were all located in south end zone by the score board, for less than ideal sound.
The new sound system is part of a series of upgrades financed by the Sports Complex maintenance fund, which is fueled by a portion of the city's bed tax. The money, which had been used to pay off the debt on the Prime Osborn Convention Center, was shifted to the Sports Complex fund in October 2010.
Jacksonville Jaguars spokesperson Dan Edwards says other upgrades this year include improved cellular service in stadium and replacing the cold beer lines. And while most fans won't get to see them, the stadium also underwent $3 million renovations to the team locker rooms -- upgrades paid for directly by team owner Shahid Khan.
The new sound system won't be ready for tonight's scrimmage, but should be up and running by the Jags first preseason game.
First Coast News