JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – The Jaguars named their new Sports Performance Center on Monday – the first of many major upgrades planned for the stadium.
The team announced the 10-year contract on Monday morning. The next performance center, announced under the Urban Meyer scheme last year, will be called the Miller Electric Center. The facility is expected to open before the 2023 season.
But soon we will see work on other projects, such as the Four Season Hotel, planned on the site in front of the stadium.
News4jax tried to speak with Jaguars owner Shad Khan at a press conference on Monday – but was shut down. We tried to meet him afterwards to talk to him about the future hotel and the overall development of the region. He said, “I want to see Jacksonville live up to its potential — it’s huge…we haven’t scratched the surface,” and then he was kicked out.
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In his place, we spoke to Jaguars chairman Mark Lamping about what will happen in the stadium area. There have recently been moves at a property in Metro Park, the former site of Kids Kampus, which could become the Four Season Hotel and Jaguars office complex.
“On Friday, we closed the property with the city of Jacksonville,” Lamping said. “It was a significant accomplishment and this transaction is complete. You could probably see some construction fencing going up in the next 30 days or so. There is work the city needs to complete before we can start any horizontal work.”
Khan could pay more than $370 million for the hotel, and the city would offer millions in major property tax breaks and incentives. This would only be the beginning of development in the region.
Local business owner Kacheryl Gantt of Avenue Grill is excited about what could happen and said the training center is already bearing fruit and will not open until next year.
“It’s been good for Avenue Grill,” Gantt said. “I’ve already seen a few Jaguar players last week to get food and stuff like that and it’s been a big help.”
There’s also talk of stadium upgrades that may only happen years from now. The Jaguars said those upgrades should be in place for a new contract. The current contract expires in 2030, eight years from now.
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