Jacksonville City Council approves new sports performance facility for the Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville City Council has approved a new $120 million sports performance center for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Of the $120 million, $60 million will come from taxpayers.

The construction for the new facility is scheduled to begin once the 2021 NFL season has ended — in early 2022. It will be next to TIAA Bank Field. The goal is to open the center ahead of the 2023 NFL season.

The 127,000-square-foot facility will house new offices, equipment and training rooms, an indoor practice field, outdoor fields with bleacher seats, and a team merchandise store.

Jacksonville Mayor, Lenny Curry said, “The @CityofJax approved a $120 million dollar sports and football performance center tonight. This paves the way for @Jaguars @CoachUrbanMeyer excellence in the years ahead. This is about commitment to excellence on the field and our city. #DTWD #ILoveJax”.

Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer tweeted after the approval and said, “Thanks to @CityofJax for partnering with the @Jaguars on a new Sports Performance Facility right here in downtown Jacksonville. We appreciate the investment in our athletes, our fans and the future of downtown Jacksonville. Congrats to the @1stdowntownjax team! #OwnIt”

You can read more about the approval from 1st Downtown Jacksonville here.

Bailey Husker

Bailey Husker, Action News Jax

Bailey Husker is a digital content producer and assignment editor for Action News Jax.