$120 million Jaguars facility taking a step

The city’s $60 million share is part of the mayor’s proposed Capital Improvement Plan.

The football performance center is planned northwest of TIAA Bank Field.
The football performance center is planned northwest of TIAA Bank Field.
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Plans for the Jacksonville Jaguars $120 million football performance center Downtown are moving forward.

Mayor Lenny Curry’s Chief of Staff Jordan Elsbury said the administration planned to file legislation July 21 with City Council to authorize spending on the facility.

The city and Jaguars would split the cost equally.

Curry’s proposed five-year Capital Improvement Plan released July 20 shows the city spending $36 million on the project in fiscal year 2021-22 and another $24 million the following fiscal year.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan and team President Mark Lamping announced plans June 3 for the football performance center northwest of TIAA Bank Field.

It comprises two practice fields; 125,000 square feet of team office space; locker rooms; training and recovery areas; medical support facilities; and a weight room. 

The team would sign a long-term lease for the city-owned facility and be responsible for operating and maintenance costs.

Lamping said removing football operations from TIAA Bank Field would make stadium renovations expected before 2030 easier.

The bill could be introduced as soon as the July 27  Council meeting. 

The mayor also released a $1.41 billion proposed operating budget July 20 that includes no property tax millage increase.