Stadium of the Future

Home of the Jaguars

Envisioning a Stadium of the Future

Creation of the Stadium of the Future is a critical component of Downtown’s ongoing revitalization.

While a full renovation is still several years away, we know certain key elements — beginning with the creation of a sports performance center — will be necessary steps toward any comprehensive plan for the stadium.

Determining the long-term future of the stadium began with a comprehensive assessment of the existing facility to understand if renovation of the current facility is structurally possible. The Jaguars and CIty of Jacksonville worked together to engage Haskell to evaluate this. Fortunately, the assessment confirmed that we have the ability to renovate the existing stadium, which is the preferred path, since it is significantly less expensive than new, ground-up construction — especially as construction costs continue to escalate. In addition, once the renovation process is underway, the Jaguars will be able to reduce the capital improvements that are currently necessary to maintain the building’s condition as it operates today.

Jacksonville, FL Stadium

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The evaluation also showed us some pretty significant opportunities for improvement, such as:

  • Shade on all seats
  • Wider concourses
  • Increased space for football operations
  • Better vertical transportation
  • Replace HVAC, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems

Those changes will need to be incorporated into our vision for a world-class Stadium of the Future, which is complex and requires a multi-phased approach. Below are the necessary steps to reimagine the Home of the Jaguars:

THE FIRST STEP

THE sports PERFORMANCE CENTER

We believe that it is critical for Downtown Jacksonville, this community and fans of the Jaguars to continue playing home games at TIAA Bank Field during a renovation. Achieving this objective requires that we move football operations — which is a 365-day a year function— out of the stadium facility so that construction can occur during the offseason.

In order to relocate our football operations and provide the upgraded training and practice facilities our team needs and deserves, we are embarking on a plan to construct a state-of-the-art, 125,000-square-foot Sports Performance Center, which will represent the first step towards the Stadium of the Future. On Tuesday, August 24, the Jacksonville City Council approved the legislation for the Sports Performance Center – an important victory for Downtown growth that sets the stage for the Stadium of the Future. Construction is expected to begin in early 2022 at the conclusion of the 2021 NFL season with a goal of opening prior to the Jaguars’ 2023 season.

Maintained by the Jaguars, the city-owned performance center will contain locker rooms, team and positional meeting rooms, training and recovery areas, medical support facilities, weight room, dining facilities, office space and a draft room. 

Additionally, there will be two full-size grass practice fields and a full-size indoor practice field. Public viewing stands, restrooms, concession areas and a team store are also part of the plans.

With an indoor practice field in the new Sports Performance Center, the Flex Field at the south end of the stadium will be opened up for significantly more public access for community and children’s programs.

Adding this new facility prior to the long-term stadium enhancements will keep the team, its staff and jobs in Downtown Jacksonville throughout construction – and ensure the Jaguars and our fans won’t miss any home games throughout the renovation process.

Moving Forward

What Happens From Here?

While the Sports Performance Center is being constructed, the other phases of the Stadium of the Future project can continue, which include:

Development of Current Facility Design Model

3D scanning tools, drones and laser scanning equipment will be used to develop a model for the Stadium, which will be used to plan and design facility improvements and modifications.

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Benchmarking Best Practices

During this phase, the needs of critical project stakeholders, such as the City of Jacksonville and our fans, will be considered to develop a comprehensive list of facility needs and expectations for the future. A critical element of this phase is visiting recently constructed or renovated stadiums to identify best practices and trends that enhance your safety and overall experience.

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Evaluation of Design Proposals

Using the information collected during our earlier phases, a design partner would be selected who can contribute to the most innovative and thoughtful design concepts.Once selected, our design partner will begin the process of developing construction drawings for the facility, which will provide the basis for a rough estimate of the potential cost to deliver the design.

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Final Stadium Design Decision

Once the above phases are concluded, the relevant stakeholders will have obtained the necessary information to develop an effective and actionable plan to deliver the Stadium of the Future.