The Jacksonville Jaguars are getting $63 million in renovations to their stadium. That sounds great except that tax payers are responsible for $1.25 million in stadium wifi upgrades, according to WOKV.
“This will be a huge improvement for our fan’s experience,” said Jaguars President Mark Lamping.
The total cost is $4 million. The Jaguars themselves will pay $1.8 million, as the city borrows $1.25 million. WOKV adds: “The remainder of the cost will be covered by savings from the ongoing construction of the new video boards, cabana spaces and more.”
Yeah. In case you missed it, the Jags will be getting Cabanas. Because what’s better than lounging in a cabana and watching an NFL game, while at the game?
The Wifi upgrade comes as an NFL requirement to equip the stadium with service. Before this requirement, only press areas had wifi.
As Lamping says “You need to be able to facilitate that for fans when they spend their hard-earned money to attend NFL games.”
Here’s some more details from WOKV:
City Council gave the bill quick approval Tuesday night in order to allow the construction to happen in conjunction with the other improvements taking place at EverBank Field.
“We would save a good bit of money by doing it now since the construction crews are already on-site,” says Council President Bill Gulliford. Gulliford says this financial partnership is another example of the Jaguars, and owner Shad Khan, stepping up for the community.
“He’s willing to come up to contribute part of the costs when they really don’t have any legal obligation to do so,” he says.