The Florida stadium, which will soon be 30 years old, will undergo a renovation. The Jacksonville Jaguars has selected a design firm as a consultant to carry out the project.
American football has been played in the Eastside since 1927, when Fairfield Stadium stood there. It was replaced in 1948 by Gator Bowl Stadium, which eventually grew to over 80,000 spectators. Work on TIAA Bank Field began in 1994 and took less than 20 months to complete. The stadium retained the promenade from its predecessor, as well as some of the upper sectors in the west stand. Its initial capacity was around 73,000 seats, but this has changed over the years.
Initial concepts from HOK - the company that will take care of the design of the new facility - include requirements for matches as well as other major entertainment events. Priority items requested by fans and stakeholders have also been involved. These include shade over all seating, better airflow, wider concourses, facilities for fans, flexible capacity and rain protection to help attract other non-sports events to Jacksonville.
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According to a recent report published by industry insider Venues Now, preliminary concepts include a roof covering the seating and reducing the capacity of the stands from about 67,000 to roughly 57,500-60,000 permanent seats. As many as 81% of the team's fans in an online poll declared that work on the roof is a must. It's not just fans who are showing more activity over the internet. They are also looking to have some fun online and for those who do so, CasinoUSA.com is a good source for online casinos.
There are also plans to form a public-private partnership to fund the upgrade. Some estimates put the figure at $600-800 million, but that could change. A major renovation of TIAA Bank Field is not a new topic. The stadium has undergone improvements over the years, including upgrading the standard of seats in the stands and the placement of video boards.
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