The design team behind the Jacksonville Jaguars $120 million proposed practice facility will seek conceptual design approval from the Downtown Development Review Board (DDRB) on August 12th. The 127,087 square foot structure would be located on a 43.9 acre site bounded by TIAA Bank Field, Beaver, Franklin and Duval streets.
Officially known as a football performance center, the facility consisting of executive offices, coaches’ offices, football support offices, scouts’ offices, equipment room, meeting rooms, weight training and medical facilities, an indoor practice field, and two outdoor natural grass fields, with approximately 2,298 seat bleachers, a team store, concession facilities and other ancillary improvements. Intended to be a new community asset that can enhance the Jaguars competitiveness within the NFL, player health and safety, the project is being developed as a public private partnership between the City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Jaguars, LLC. (JJL).
The proposed footprint would consist of an indoor field house, performance center, and public amenities building surrounding new practice fields. The Indoor Field House would be located on the north side of the property. Describing it as being reminiscent of an airport hangar, DDRB staff is recommending that the applicant continue to work on the building’s facade. The 67,990 square foot first floor of the Performance Center would house locker, meeting, training, weight, rejuvenation, equipment, dining and utility rooms. Coach offices, football administration, video/IT, weight, communication and media rooms would be located on the 37,600 square foot second floor. Located to the south of the practice fields, the Public Amenities structure would accommodate a 2,298 seating plan on the upper concourse. A lower concourse would feature spaces for three concessionaires and a team store. At the facility’s main entrance, a large open space plaza providing seating, landscape and public art would be constructed.
Mayor Lenny Curry’s proposed five-year Capital Improvement Plan would have the city provide $36 million in fiscal year 2021-22 and another $24 million the following year to assist in funding the project. Considered to be a precursor to a full renovation of TIAA Bank Field, if approved by council in September, the project could be completed by 2023.