While the rest of the NFL world was busy moving the Jacksonville Jaguars to London, the team and the city were hammering out an agreement for $63 million worth of renovations to Everbank Field. Owner Shad Khan announced details for those plans on Wednesday afternoon.
A pair of new scoreboards over the end zones make up the bulk of the improvements. Those scoreboards just happen to be the world's largest. Watching Blaine Gabbert one-hopping passes into the flat on giant scoreboards sounds great and all, but let's not overlook the real centerpiece of the renovations: swimming pools.
The photo above is an artist's rendering -- the score on the scoreboard and a healthy MJD are obvious tells -- of the new-look stadium.
Why swimming pools? A few theories:
- To distract from the tarps
- Allow fans to practice swimming the English Channel for the team's inevitable move to the UK*
- A nod to the wet jeans crowd, already wearing jorts to the game
- Symbolic of a franchise treading water (so deep)
- Bath salts!
*The Jaguars are not moving to the UK, but let's not allow facts to disrupt the narrative.
All in good fun. We love Jaguars fans around here. Besides, a pricey round of renovations is another example of Khan's Herculean effort to rebuild the franchise. It's not exactly the kind of money an owner and a city put into a stadium if they plan to pack and leave anytime soon.
Work is scheduled to begin after the 2013 season, so probably January 2014.
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