Sep 13, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; General view of the stadium prior to the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars unveil ‘Stadium of the Future’ plan

A plan to transform downtown Jacksonville, which would include the “Stadium of the Future,” was unveiled Thursday by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Called 1st DownTown Jacksonville, the plan reimagines the area around TIAA Bank Field as a hub for jobs and tourism that will “solidify Jacksonville as the Hometown of the Jaguars and the future site of a Super Bowl Parade,” the proposal said.

While the plan includes adding a luxury hotel, enhancing parks and making the area a “world-class riverfront destination,” the focus Thursday was on enhancements for the Jaguars — improvements new head coach Urban Meyer have said are necessary to attract free agents and field a first-class team.

Those improvements include a $120 million football performance center, which the city and team would split 50-50 under Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s proposal. The 125,000-square-foot facility would include locker rooms, team and positional meeting rooms, training and recovery areas, medical support facilities, weight room, dining facilities, office space and a draft room.