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.
First Coast News