EverBank Field (Jacksonville Municipal Stadium)
|Country||United States of America|
|Other names||Alltel Stadium (1997–2006)|
|Construction||01/1994 - 07/1995|
|Contractor||Hunt Construction Group|
|Address||One EverBank Field Drive, Jacksonville, Florida 32202, United States|
Description: EverBank Field
American football was played here already in 1920s and first stadium, the Fairfield, was opened in 1927. By 1948 the Gator Bowl Stadium replaced it, eventually growing to over 80,000 capacity in 1980s.
However, as years went by, it proved too outdated and only a small portion of it remains today incorporated into the new stadium built in 1995 (pedestrian ramps and some sections of the western upper deck).
New stands were build from scratch within just 20 months, in 1994-1995. The stadium designed by HOK Sport (later Populous) could initially hold 73,000 people, however the number began to change over time. Currently NFL games are played in front of up to 67,246 people, while college football can be watched by up to 84,000.
Anchor tenant for the stadium are the Jacksonville Jaguars, however university football has also been held regularly since the very opening in 1995. Major event is the 2005 Super Bowl, while the football team of USA (soccer) also staged their games here, due to the pitch being wide enough, unlike at some American football stadiums.
With general name being the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, the ground has been subject to naming rights deals. First with Alltel (Alltel Stadium, 1997-2006) and later with EverBank (EverBank Field, 2010-2015).
USA: Swimming pool, drinks and palm trees in Jacksonville
The upcoming NFL season will see significant changes at EverBank Field, the home of Jacksonville Jaguars. Apart from the world’s largest video board, the stadium will offer spa-like areas for premium customers.
USA: Players and coaches with microphones?
In an attempt to bring more fans to NFL games, the league authorities are planning to plant microphones onto players and coaches, allowing everyone to hear what they say. According to Sports Business Journal, it’s a matter of a couple upcoming seasons.
USA: First stadium deck with swimming pools?
Now, we do mean swimming pools, but still find it hard to legitimize. Jacksonville Jaguars attempt to give their fans “world-class entertainment and viewing area” by this unusual addition to new corporate decks.
USA: What’s better for matchday experience than a camera in the changing rooms?
American Football league NFL continues its efforts to compete with TV broadcasting. In another attempt to get fans off their couches and into the stands, the league has just mandated… changing room cameras.
USA: Bar-type standing terraces growing in the NFL?
An executive of the NFL predicts that future stadiums may be less about watching the game and more about a bar-type atmosphere of special decks with standing room. LA Times and NBC report.