City Council Approves Jaguars Performance Center

City Council Approves Jaguars Performance Center

The Jacksonville City Council has unanimously given its approval to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ plan to build a new $120 million football performance center. The city will pay $60 million of the cost. The Jaguars will cover the rest, including any cost overruns.

The 127,087 square foot facility will include one indoor and two outdoor practice fields, executives’ coaches’ and scouts‘ offices, a weight room and a team store, medical facilities, and new concession areas and bleachers. 

The city will own the facility which will be leased back to the Jaguars. It’s a 30-year lease with two ten-year extension options. The Jags lease of the stadium that runs through the 2030 season, is not part of the deal.

The existing flex field will be used by Jacksonville’s Parks and Recreation Department for various activities.The Jaguars will pay for 75-percent of the maintenance for the flex field since it will be used during game days and other team activities.

Jaguars President Mark Lamping said it is a huge step for the franchise. ”Journeys start with a single step but when you look back upon it the first step is the most important and this is the key first step in the stadium’s future and the team’s future in northeast Florida,” he said.

Lamping said he expects they’ll be able to begin construction right after the end of the year and be completed by the beginning of the 2023 season.

He said he expects the Jaguars’ plans for the Shipyards, which includes a hotel and other amenities will be submitted to City Council in September.

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