JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As of Monday, the new amphitheater near EverBank Field, known as Daily's Place, was on track to open as scheduled, according to Jacksonville Jaguars officials.
The amphitheater is scheduled to host its first event on May 27 with Tedeschi Trucks band, followed by a show featuring the popular group Train the next day. Dave Mathews and Tim Reynolds are scheduled for May 30 and that show is already sold out.
But many people are questioning whether the Jaguars will meet the self-imposed deadline.
"It doesn't look like it's going to be ready. But you never know. They work pretty fast," Jacksonville resident Gabriella Rivers told News4Jax. "Personally, I haven't bought tickets. But if I had, and they didn't get it done, I would be really upset because it's really hard to get off work and make plans with a bunch of people. So if I made plans and all of a sudden they're, like, 'Oh, wait. We can't do that,' then that would really bother me."
Ground was broken in August on the state-of-the-art 5,500-seat amphitheater, which is expected to host concerts on Saturday nights before home games and be another venue for events and activities, such as the Florida-Georgia game.
In an email that News4Jax received Monday, Jaguars officials wrote, "about 85 percent of the entire project is complete -- approximately 90 percent-plus for the amphitheater, 80 percent on the flex field."
While the amphitheater is on track to open for its first show, Jaguars officials said the flex facility at Daily's Place will be completed six weeks after the March 27 concert -- in time for the opening of training camp in mid-July.
The plan is for the facility to feature about 35 to 40 events each year.