Group president Mark Lamping mentioned earlier this week that the crew is beginning to consider TIAA Financial institution Area and the way it matches the crew’s and followers’ wants.
“There’s no query that TIAA Financial institution Area has aged properly,” he mentioned (by way of the Jacksonville Day by day File). “However in some unspecified time in the future in time, there’s going to need to be a stadium resolution. … If we don’t begin interested by it, we’ll get up someday and have a stadium that’s not assembly the wants of the followers or the group.”
— TIAA Financial institution Area (@TIAABankField) September 16, 2018
The Jags presently lease TIAA Financial institution Area from the town and have an settlement in place to take action via 2030. In accordance with The Day by day File, the stadium, which was in-built 1994, has undergone $180 million in renovations since Shad Khan purchased the crew in 2012.
Nonetheless, Lamping mentioned the venue nonetheless lacks the facilities featured in newer stadiums in Atlanta and Minnesota and people to come back in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. In whole, 22 NFL groups have opened new stadiums since TIAA Financial institution Area opened in 1995.
“There are long-term points that our followers cope with that in the end we’ll have to handle,”mentioned Lamping, who was CEO of the $1.6 billion MetLife Stadium in New York earlier than becoming a member of the Jags.
Lamping mentioned the crew’s most well-liked stadium resolution is to improve TIAA Financial institution Area, not construct a shiny new venue. Nonetheless, he and Khan have plans in place to develop areas across the stadium with lodges, workplace area and leisure choices.
That improvement, paired with enhancements to TIAA Financial institution Area, might assist Jacksonville host its first Tremendous Bowl since 2005, in response to Lamping.
“I do imagine the Tremendous Bowl will come again to Jacksonville, however it’s not going to be within the brief time period,” he mentioned. “It’s most likely after downtown Jacksonville will get nearer to realizing its full potential.”