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Jacksonville Jaguars Unveil ‘Stadium of the Future’


The Jacksonville Jaguars, an NFL team, have revealed conceptual designs for their ambitious 'Stadium of the Future' project, which will involve a major overhaul of TIAA Bank Field.


In the works for nearly three years, the project aims to not only transform Downtown Jacksonville but also secure the future of the Jaguars in Northeast Florida. Estimates suggest that the renovation work could carry a price tag of up to $1.4 billion.


Key features of the plans include a subtropical Floridian park that will guide fans towards the elevated main concourse, positioned 30 feet above the ground. The 360-degree concourse will be four times wider than the current one, offering interactive social bars and a range of unique experiences. The seating bowl will have a base capacity of 62,000, with the potential to expand to 71,500 for college football games and even more for concerts. Currently, TIAA Bank Field has a fixed-seat capacity of 68,000.


The Jaguars have stated that the renovated stadium will have the ability to transform its appearance through innovative lighting and digital technology, creating distinctive game-day experiences. Sustainability is also a priority, with the stadium's façade to be constructed using a first-of-its-kind mirrored material, reflecting the essence of Jacksonville's waterfront, vegetation, and spirit.


The open-air venue will feature a large shaded canopy designed to reduce heat retention by over 70%, lower temperatures by 10 to 15 degrees, and provide weather protection for fans. The façade will be raised at the northern and southern ends to optimize airflow, allowing for passive cooling throughout the stadium.


Additional features include lookout decks offering panoramic views of the city, 13 new elevators, 32 new escalators, 220 new food and beverage points of sale, and 14 new restrooms. The construction of the revamped stadium is expected to generate numerous job opportunities.

The Jaguars, in collaboration with officials from the City of Jacksonville, embarked on finding a long-term stadium solution for the team in July 2020. After conducting a thorough engineering assessment of TIAA Bank Field, it was determined that renovating the venue would be preferable to constructing a new stadium.


HOK's Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice was selected as the architect for the project, working closely with the Jaguars to refine the initial concepts into more detailed renovation plans. The project team also includes Impact Development and Management as the owner's representative, along with AECOM Hunt and Barton Malow serving as the preconstruction managers.


Over the next couple of weeks, the Jaguars will organize a series of Huddle Up Jax events, where residents and fans can gain further insights into the designs for the ambitious 'Stadium of the Future' project.

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