Daily's Place passes city inspection for big opening

Venue scheduled to open Saturday for Tedeschi Trucks Band concert

By Jim Piggott - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The new amphitheater connected to EverBank Field is set to open in two days and the mad dash to the finish included passing a city inspection Thursday.

Daily's Place was granted a temporary certificate of occupancy after the city's inspection, meaning it's ready for Saturday's opening concert: Tedeschi Trucks Band with John Cleary.

The certificate is temporary because the venue will need to be inspected again after the flex-field portion of Daily's Place is completed, which is expected later this summer.

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Jaguars president Mark Lamping said the work continued Wednesday despite heavy rains because most of what was left to be done was work under the amphitheater's roof.

The Jaguars sent video Thursday showing the progress inside the amphitheater, including the seating area and a Daily's convenience store where concert-goers can buy drinks and snacks.

The work to build the new entertainment venues, which include the amphitheater and attached flex-field, began 233 days ago. The indoor practice facility won't be ready until mid-July, but the amphitheater, which seats about 5,500, will be open in just days.

IMAGES: Peek inside new Daily's Place amphitheater
Sky 4 drone looks down on Daily's Place construction

“I will be there Saturday night, and you can be assured through our inspection we will do all of the things that have to happen and that it will be done right,” Mayor Lenny Curry said Wednesday.

Daily's Place by the numbers

Information from the Jaguars highlights the effort to build the Daily's Place entertainment facilities connected to EverBank Field.

Derek Trucks, whose Tedeschi Trucks Band will christen the amphitheater stage this weekend, told News4Jax his band won't really get a chance to check out the stage much before the concert.

Lamping admitted that the first show will likely help work out the bugs, but said that sound shouldn't be a concern.

“We designed Daily's Place in a way that would provide our guests with the best possible concert experience,” Lamping said. “And we are very sensitive to our neighbors and how this works.”

For a complete list of upcoming shows at the Daily's Place amphitheater, click here.

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