August 31, 2021
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville City Council members on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a partnership with the Jaguars to build the team’s $120 million football performance center.
The bill authorizes the city to borrow $60 million to help finance the team’s proposed facility and to amend the Jaguars’ stadium lease with the city. According to the agreement, the Jaguars would pay for the remaining $60 million.
“This is really a huge step and I’m not sure everyone appreciates just how significant this is,” said Mark Lamping, Jaguars president. “Journeys start with a single step, but when you look back on it, the first step is the most important, and this is a key first step for the stadium of the future and the future of the Jaguars here in Northeast Florida.”
Lamping said they could begin discussions on putting together a construction team as soon as Wednesday. He called it a “fast track project” and hopes to have the facility done by the 2023 season.
In an exclusive interview with News4Jax, Lamping said the 127,000-plus-square-foot training facility paves the way for the stadium of the future and opens the door to tomorrow for the Jaguars’ relationship with the city.
“We have nine years left on our lease here. We know that in order to make sure we have NFL football here in Northeast Florida for generations to come, which is what Shad is committed to, we know we’re going to have to have a stadium solution,” Lamping said. “You know the existing stadium certainly won’t serve the needs of our fans for the next 20-30 years.”
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