Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville taxpayers will now spend $1.25 million for wifi service as part of $63 million in continuing improvements at EverBank Field.
“This will be a huge improvement for our fan’s experience,” says Jaguars President Mark Lamping.
The total cost of the upgraded wifi is $4 million. The City of Jacksonville is borrowing the $1,250,000 for their portion of the project and the Jaguars contributing $1,800,000. The remainder of the cost will be covered by savings from the ongoing construction of the new video boards, cabana spaces and more.
The project comes as the result of new NFL requirements to equip the stadiums with wifi. Until this point, EverBank only had limited wifi in press areas. Lamping says it’s important to give fans an easy way to keep track of what’s happening in other football news or post photos and updates on social media.
“You need to be able to facilitate that for fans when they spend their hard-earned money to attend NFL games,” he says.
City Council gave the bill quick approval Tuesday night in order to allow the construction to happen in conjunction with the other improvements taking place at EverBank Field.
“We would save a good bit of money by doing it now since the construction crews are already on-site,” says Council President Bill Gulliford.
Gulliford says this financial partnership is another example of the Jaguars, and owner Shad Khan, stepping up for the community.
“He’s willing to come up to contribute part of the costs when they really don’t have any legal obligation to do so,” he says.
The Jaguars are also funding $20 million of the ongoing $63 million in renovations. We’ve learned all of the new cabana seating has sold out for the upcoming season. The South End Zone video board is also effectively complete.
Lamping says the Jaguars are happy to partner with the City to create this fan experience for Jaguars fans and beyond.
“Having a stadium that has state of the art services and amenities puts EverBank in a position to be able to attract even more events,” he says.
Construction is moving on schedule. The improvements will be unveiled during a July 26 soccer match played by the Fulham Football Club, which is also owned by Khan. We’ve learned the wifi improvements will not be completed for that game, but will be ready for the first regular season Jaguars game.