Sports Architecture News: Everbank Stadium - Jacksonville Jaguars

The city of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Jaguars have announced plan for a a one-and-a-half billion dollar facelift to Everbank Stadium. 

Everbank Stadium (previously called Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Alltel Stadium, Everbank Field, and TIAA Bank Field) opened in 1995.

The site is the same basic location where there has been football in Jacksonville for nearly 100 years: Fairfield Stadium was built on that site in 1928, which was expanded and renamed the Gator Bowl in 1948.

The Gator Bowl grew and expanded with the growth of college football, and in the early 1990s plans were made for a major renovation totaling nearly $50 million.

At the same time, the NFL was looking to expand, and investors from Jacksonville offered an additional $30 million to increase the renovations and potentially lure an NFL franchise. City funding on the renovations then fell through, but with additional funding -- and a new total of $121 million -- plans were approved, and Jacksonville was awarded the expansion Jaguars in 1993.

While the current stadium was to be a renovation of the Gator Bowl, only a small portion of the pre-existing stadium was retained in the construction, but those sections were the pedestrian ramp and the upper deck on the west side of the structure, which had only dated to 1982. The rest of the Gator Bowl/Fairfield Stadium was razed at that time.

Some features of the new renovation in the works:

  • An elevated concourse overlooking Downtown Jacksonville and the St Johns River
  • A new facade of energy-efficient mirrored material which will reduce heat retention by more than 70% and lower internal temperatures by 10 to 15 degrees.
  • The new raised facade will be open at either end to allow for constant airflow, with cooling breezes going through the stadium.
  • Base seating of 62,000, expandable to 71,500 for college football.

Check out our full line of the (current) Everbank Stadium gear here:

For music fans out there, in 1964 the Beatles -- who were to play the Gator Bowl on their first American Tour -- learned the concert was to be segregated, and went on record saying they would rather give up the appearance money than to play to a segregated audience, leading to the first segregated concert at the venue.


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