Will EverBank stadium get a much-needed makeover this off-season?
These tarps will originally added before the 2005 season, as a solution to blackouts in Jacksonville. Due to low ticket sales & one of the largest NFL stadium in the league, Jacksonville struggles to keep their home games from being blacked out in the Duval area.
Removing these tarps would put EverBank stadium at approximately 80,000 seats! When you consider that the Jaguars are already struggling to sell tickets, that seems like a daring move.
Khan hopes to find a way to remove the tarps but he can’t remove the seats entirely. The seat are necessary for EverBank to be the host of the annual Florida-Georgia game which draws a crowd of 80,000+ each fall.
According to Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal:
New team president, Mark Lamping apparently is looking for ways to more naturally adjust the NFL arrangement, pointing to the fact that the ’90s-era installation of a manual baseball scoreboard at Busch Stadium in St. Louis organically carved 6,000 seats out of the stadium. Thus, the buzzword for the Jaguars has become “resizing.”
These tarps have been debated in Duval for years, probably since they were added in 2005, however Khan seems detrimined to find a solution before the start of the 2012 season.
Will EverBank be getting a makeover? How can the tarps be removed without losing seats for FL – GA? If these tarps are removed will Jacksonville sell enough tickets to avoid blackouts?
Only time will time, let’s just hope Khan has a solid plan in mind.