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Jacksonville Jaguars President Mark Lamping Planning to Resize Everbank Field

May 28th, 2012 at 11:01 PM
By Michael Hall

'Sailors in Florida and Georgia participated in a special performance  as part of  the Jacksonville Jaguar 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony' photo (c) 2011, Official Navy Page - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Most recent headline for the Jacksonville Jaguars usually involve Los Angeles, blackouts (Though there haven't been any since 2009), and the infamous tarps in the upper decks. Jaguars President Mark Lamping is planning on making the stadium more sustainable by resizing it  to a smaller capacity, Everbvank Field has long been an issue when it comes to attendance. At full capacity, Everbank Field holds 76,867 people (making it the 4th largest stadium in the league). It was fine in the franchise's first 5 or 6 years of existence because of how successful the team was.The team had went to the playoffs in 4 of it's first 5 years, going to the AFC Championship twice. However, when the team went through its' rougher phases, fan support waned, making the use of tarps necessary to stop the blackouts. Now, stadium capacity is 67,246 (which is 21st in the league).

Even with the smaller capacity, this city isn't exactly a Metropolis like New York or Chicago that can easily sustain a full house, so remodeling the stadium for a lower capacity makes a bunch of sense. First, it gets rid of those much-maligned tarps. Secondly, it allows the stadium capacity to be adjusted according to the market, which is more important due to the econominc recession. Thirdly, you can also enhance the gameday experience using the leftover space as something like a Family Fun Zone. .

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