Jaguars, Jacksonville reach deal to upgrade stadium

While the product on the field hasn't improved very much in Jacksonville this season, at least the fans will soon be more comfortable watching that not-so-quality product being put before them.

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the City of Jacksonville announced Wednesday a tentative agreement to make $63 million worth of improvements to EverBank Stadium. The team's contribution will be $20 million, while the city is on the hook for around $43 million.

Mayor Alvin Brown, Jacksonville Jaguars President Mark Lamping, Gator Bowl Association President Rick Catlett and City Council announced that the improvements will include new scoreboards and other upgrades.

“EverBank Field is one of Jacksonville’s most important economic development assets,” said Mayor Alvin Brown. “This agreement will make our National Football League stadium a world-class facility. It will enhance the fan experience for those who cheer on the Jaguars and come here for the Florida-Georgia game, Gator Bowl and other major events. It will attract new customers to the sports complex. It will help revitalize Downtown. This is an important step forward for Jacksonville.”

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