Thank you to everyone who provided Stadium of the Future feedback!
Here’s an update for our 1st DownTown Jacksonville supporters:
STADIUM OF THE FUTURE
As a reminder, the road to the Stadium of the Future kicked off in 2020 with our Stadium Facilities Assessment conducted in partnership with the City of Jacksonville and The Haskell Companies.
The results concluded that the structural condition of the current stadium was such that it is possible to consider a renovation to TIAA Bank Field to meet our long-term stadium needs. From there we identified several founding principles to the stadium renovations that we knew were key to meeting the needs of fans and stadium partners including, but not limited to: shade on all seats, flexible capacity, air circulation, wider concourses, and the ability to host more stadium events. These could include soccer matches, College Football Playoff games, concerts, and larger-scale stadium events.
We received input from the University of Florida and University of Georgia, ASM Global, people interested in downtown development, and the Gator Bowl Committee. We also sought to better understand the requirements to successfully host a College Football Playoff game. To participate in a playoff game, the stadium must have a minimum capacity of 65,000 seats and a roof structure that would protect the playing field from any rain.
We simultaneously engaged CAA ICON, an industry-leading strategic management sports consulting firm, to conduct a series of surveys and focus groups with season ticket holders, non-season ticket holders and community advocates. This effort generated nearly 6,000 responses that validated our existing design principles and helped us prioritize new findings.
View full report here.
As the next step in this process, we’ve engaged eight world-class architecture firms to provide concept visions for the Stadium of the Future and are in the process of reviewing their submissions. Our path forward includes:
- Advancing the conceptual design of the Stadium of the Future
- Getting a consensus on a comprehensive vision for the Stadium of the Future through broad public outreach
- Obtaining a construction cost estimate and developing a potential partnership structure with the City of Jacksonville
We look forward to staying in touch as the process unfolds. Please stay tuned to the 1DTJ social channels and sign up for email notifications to be sure not to miss the latest updates. www.1stdowntownjacksonville.com