JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan showed off his plan to build a Four Seasons Hotel and Residences on the riverside and added a new crease to his downtown intent by unveiling a proposed “Football Performance Center,” that the team says will give fans a better experience combined with new team training facilities.
The bill for the soccer performance center would be about $ 120 million. The proposals would split the Jaguars and the city costing 50-50 with the team recording any cost overruns.
The current space for soccer operations at TIAA Bank Field does not meet the requirements of NFL teams. The creation of a football performance center will enable the Jaguars and their football team to leave the stadium permanently and begin the stadium renovation. This process will also allow Jaguar’s home games to continue to be played at TIAA Bank Field during the stadium renovation.
Khan has previously said that the Four Seasons would be the anchor for his concept, called The Jacksonville Shipyards, on vacant lot that city officials have tried to transform into an inner city destination over the past two decades.
The team spoke to the Downtown Investment Authority about an economic development agreement that would include some taxpayer support.
This part of the riverbank would also receive a new office building, an orthopedic sports medicine complex, and a modernization of the existing city-owned marina.
On the riverside, Khan suggests building a new team training facility for the team, geared towards fan access with public viewing bleachers, restrooms, concession areas, a shop and public meeting rooms. The center would be located near the entrance of Gate 2 to TIAA Bank Field.
Coach Urban Meyer said in March that the team was in “serious talks” about building a new training facility.
Stadium of the future
The center of it would be the Jaguars’ opening shot in their “Stadium of the Future” plan, which could ultimately make great improvements to TIAA Bank Field. Studies for the stadium itself are ongoing and would likely involve negotiations between the team and the city to extend the Jaguars’ lease for the city’s own stadium.
The Jaguars carried out the plans during an event at TIAA Bank Field with Khan, Meyer and team president Mark Lamping.
“My goal is for downtown Jacksonville to envy the cities here in the US and elsewhere, and I see no reason why we cannot achieve that goal,” said Khan when announcing the plan. “I am confident that we have the local leadership, spirit, and commitment to enliven downtown Jacksonville in ways that will make the world stand out while serving the needs of the community and the people who serve Jacksonville Make home. “
“Shad is making a big bet on our future,” said Lamping. “So this is a big plan. Together we can do it. “
Khan’s Story of Jacksonville Development Plans
Khan and the city worked together in 2015 to build and finance the amphitheater and flex field of Daily’s Place, but since then Khan has failed to turn his plans into actual construction.
The city council turned down an offer to build a new entertainment center along with mid-rise apartment buildings and a hotel on Lot J next to Daily’s Place. Although the council backed this project 12-7, it fell short of the super majority needed to change the program to improve the city’s capital.
Khan previously tried to become a master developer for the Shipyards site. Most recently, last year the time ran out to reach an agreement with the DIA on economic development.
This time around, the team seeks public support by creating a 1st DownTown Jacksonville, which publishes information about the team’s plans for downtown and gives residents the opportunity to get personally involved on www.1stdowntownjax.com .
The team said the Jacksonville Shipyards development will be in two phases.
In the first phase, The Four Seasons Hotel and Residences would open in early 2025 with 176 hotel rooms and 25 residential units.
The Jaguars say the market exists for the Four Seasons, which is one of the top brands for price and accommodation. It would say business travelers looking for “downtown luxury” and leisure travelers who come to Jacksonville for Jaguars games and other downtown and sports complex events.
The team also expects residents of the area to visit the Four Seasons to take advantage of its “five-star spa” along with two restaurants, a ballroom and the marina.
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The city would own the proposed exercise facility and the Jaguars would sign a long-term lease to use it. After the facility opened in the summer of 2023, the Jaguars would bear the full cost of maintenance and operation.
The center would have 125,000 square feet of space for dressing rooms, meeting rooms, exercise and recreation areas, medical support, weight room, dining rooms, officers for coaches and scouts, a design room, and public meeting rooms.
The center would have two large grass practice fields and one full size indoor practice field. The indoor field would allow the Daily’s Place flex field, built for team practice, to be used by city parks department activities “over 300 days a year,” the team said.
For the city’s own marina, the plan includes renovating it and building a new 6,500 square meter marina building that will house a harbor master’s office, a ship’s warehouse, toilets with showers, a restaurant and a marina park and event lawn. The marina would still belong to the city and it would remain open to us for boaters.
The Jacksonville Shipyards first phase would build a six story building with at least 100,000 square feet of Class A office space and 16,000 square feet for retail, cafes, and other amenities. The Jaguars would move their businesses, affiliates and third party tenants to this building, the announcement said.
In the second phase, an orthopedic sports medicine complex is to be built by Baptist Health / JOI.
The 42,000-square-foot medical center would provide medical care for sports injuries in addition to performance training.
The second phase would also include 15,000 square feet of retail street space, a parking garage with more than 200 spaces, and possibly a residential building, according to the team.
Featuring: Nate Davis, USA TODAY