Stadium upgrade plans expected by state of franchise

EverBank Field changes expected to be completed by Fall 2016


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The much-anticipated plans for upgrades to EverBank Field, including an amphitheater and covered practice field, will be released during the team's annual state of the franchise address this month, Jaguars officials said.

The address on Jan. 18 will include revealing new renderings and other updates about the stadium improvements, according to a spokesman for the Jaguars.

An Alabama-based contractor with an office in Jacksonville was chosen to work on the upgrades, which were approved for funding by the City Council.

The council approved a plan to fund half of the $90 million project with bed tax money from the city. The other half and any overages will be paid for by Jaguars owner Shad Khan.

Brasfield & Gorrie could begin construction as early as January.

The stadium improvements, which include an amphitheater, a covered practice field and club seat upgrades, are expected to be completed by next fall. Artist renderings released earlier show the practice field next to the amphitheater, allowing the two to be used together for some events. Inside EverBank Field, 3,000 club seats will be removed and the remaining seats will be expanded.

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