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Jacksonville City Council To Consider $90M Amphitheater, Practice Field Proposal

A $90 million stadium improvement plan will be introduced to the Jacksonville City Council, Tuesday.

Under the agreement, taxpayers would cover half of the cost and Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan, the rest.

Plans include building a new amphitheater what would hold between 4,000 and 5,000 guests.

Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri says it could be a great public-private partnership.

“It’s a big investment, but keep in mind that these are not dollars that we can put into funding the pension plan or any other projects that we may have — drainage, police and fire protection — none of these things can come out of these dollars,” Hazouri said. “These are tourist and development dollars primarily paid by those who visit Jacksonville.”

Council members will consider the agreement in committees before it reaches the full council. Hazouri says the entire process should be finished by early December.

Lindsey Kilbride was WJCT's special projects producer until Aug. 28, 2020. She reported, hosted and produced podcasts like Odd Ball, for which she was honored with a statewide award from the Associated Press, as well as What It's Like. She also produced VOIDCAST, hosted by Void magazine's Matt Shaw, and the ADAPT podcast, hosted by WJCT's Brendan Rivers.