The Jacksonville Jaguars can’t sell out games at home. They have not won a home game in almost a year, they have been rumored to be moving to either Los Angeles or London.
So with a team that can’t sell out, can’t win, can’t ignite a fan base, and apparently has eyes on leaving town, the Jacksonville city council finally took a stand this week and bold one.
Jacksonville’s city council approved funding for EverBank Field upgrades Tuesday night, voting 14-2 to authorize enhancements that include $63 million scoreboards, which are expected to be the largest in the world.
Construction is scheduled to begin in January, with an expected completion date in July. The scoreboards should raise the city’s profile in regards to bidding for the college football playoffs.
The city will pay $43 million, with much of it coming from a 2 percent charge on area hotel guests. Jaguars owner Shad Khan has committed to pay the remaining $20 million, bringing his investment in stadium improvements to $31 million since buying the team in November 2011.