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Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan and president Mark Lamping talk with City Council about proposed improvements

6:35 PM, Nov 7, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan and President Mark Lamping said the more than $60 million is proposed improvements to EverBank Field will help the team, and Jacksonville's economy.

"It will finally give us the opportunity to present a stadium to a worldwide audience that is a distinctly legitimate statement about Jacksonville," said Lamping.

Some of the plans include new video scoreboards in each end zone, and additions to the north end zone to give the stadium a "Jacksonville feel," according to Lamping.

On Thursday, the Jacksonville City Council voted to continue discussions about approving the project on Tuesday. If approved, they'd borrow no more than $43 million dollars. That money would be paid back through a part of the hotel tax. Money from the tax is used to improve, fix, and maintain stadiums.

The Jags would contribute $20 million for the work.

Ed Flanagan has been a season ticket holder since the Jags came to town. He said the improvements are a good idea for the team and the city.

"I think it's great for Jacksonville," he said.

Flanagan added for long term growth, what happens in games plays a part too.

"At the end of the day, they have to produce a product on the field," he said.

Council is having a special meeting Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. That's when they hope to have questions about the money answered. The project could be approved as soon as the council meeting Tuesday night.

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