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Jax Daily Record Monday, Feb. 2, 201512:00 PM EST

Shad Khan says facility at Shipyards will be 'coolest covered practice field you've ever seen'


Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s plans for the Shipyards could be known in the next several weeks.

“I’d say less than 30 days,” Khan told WJAX TV-47, according to a video posted on its website.

Khan provided the interview to Action News during Super Bowl festivities in Arizona, where he and other team personnel went to take in the game.

Team President Mark Lamping also was on the trip and unavailable for comment.

Khan told the station that for a Downtown to work, it needed people who are living there, have jobs there, spend money there and enjoy their life there. But, he said, “that’s not happening right now” in Jacksonville.

Khan in June 2013 first went public with his interest in developing the 40-acre riverfront site that sits adjacent to EverBank Field. In July, he said his proposal could be ready in weeks before the start of the NFL season, but that was pushed back.

The plan likely will be privately funded and feature mixed-use residential and retail, but Khan did tell the station that an indoor practice facility would be “the coolest covered practice field you’ve ever seen.”

“It’ll blow your mind,” he said.

The city owns the land and has been determining what environmental remediation is needed for the property.

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