Main stadium renovations, if authorised, will hold the Jacksonville Jaguars from enjoying house video games at TIAA Financial institution Area, and in addition affect the location of the annual Georgia-Florida school soccer sport
Jacksonville main Lenny Curry stated in radio interview on Wednesday that the “best-case situation” is renovations can be over two years and displace video games from 2025-26.
College of Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin informed The Athletic that he thought the time interval was 2026-27 for the sport referred to as the World’s Largest Outside Cocktail Celebration.
Regardless, the mayor’s feedback put the concentrate on the affect to soccer, NFL and school, in Jacksonville and potential websites in Florida and Georgia.
“The goal would be to play somewhere in Jacksonville,” Curry said of the Jaguars‘ options on 1010XL/92.5 FM, based on a report within the Florida Occasions-Union. “These discussions are taking place, however two years is the purpose. … I do know that they’re contemplating sure websites which are native that would accommodate them for no less than two years.
With TIAA Financial institution Area unavailable, the next-largest facility in Jacksonville is on the College of North Florida, which doesn’t discipline a soccer workforce. Hodges Stadium, which is used for soccer and monitor and discipline, is listed at 9,400 with an estimated capability as excessive as 12,000.
The Jaguars, who often play house video games in London and have two scheduled for 2023, may produce other choices exterior of Jacksonville, similar to giant stadiums in Orlando, Gainesville and Tallahassee, Fla
The Georgia and Florida school packages have thought-about options to Jacksonville because the contract has cycled by phrases, together with shifting the video games on campus.
The present contract expires after the upcoming season with the faculties having the choice to increase it by 2025. Jacksonville has hosted the sport yearly since 1933 — apart from in 1994 (in Gainesville) and 1995 (Athens, Ga.) when the Gator Bowl was being renovated.
“We stay up for having conversations with the suitable Metropolis of Jacksonville officers which can present extra info on the scope of development, the timeline of the undertaking, and the way it might affect the way forward for our sport vs. Florida,” College of Georgia athletic director Josh Brooks stated in an announcement.
Bulldogs coach Kirby Good has been a proponent of the campus home-and-home choice due to the advantages he sees in recruiting in addition to a real house sport. However the impartial website in Jacksonville has been profitable for every workforce, with Georgia getting a $1.25 million assure along with ticket income for the 2023 sport, a charge that goes as much as $1.5 million for the following two years, based on the Athens Banner-Herald.
The faculties additionally get incentives similar to funds for journey prices and a proportion of alcohol gross sales within the stadium.
The rivalry sport additionally may transfer to relative impartial websites in Atlanta, Orlando and Tampa whereas Jacksonville’s stadium is renovated.
The Jaguars have the city-owned stadium leased by the 2029 season
“When it is completed, you’ll assume you are in a model new stadium,” Curry, whose time period ends in June, stated throughout the radio interview with out offering projected prices. “We’re principally renovating as a result of the bones are good. It is going to be a very completely different facility. It is going to be state-of-the-art. It is going to be one thing that different cities have a look at and say ‘Wow, have a look at what Jacksonville simply did.'”
–Area Stage Media