President of the Jaguars: Fairgrounds property ‘critically important’ | Jax Daily Record | Jacksonville Daily Record

While Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s development proposals are in Downtown, Jaguars and Iguana Investments Florida LLC are in talks with the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair board to purchase fairs next to the stadium.

The Jaguars are building a Four Seasons anchored hotel development in Shipyards and a football performance center near TIAA Bank Field.

The fair is working with the city to possibly move to the Jacksonville Equestrian Center in West Jacksonville, the city’s Chief Administrative Officer Brian Hughes said in June.

There’s $ 15 million in the city’s 2021-22 fiscal year budget to help shift Downtown’s fair shows.

Jaguars President Mark Lamping said what happens on the property is “critically important” to Jaguars operations because it provides 800 parking spaces on game day.

He said the fair area transfer will improve the position for both the Jaguars and at the fair.

“I think the fair will be a much superior experience for their customers by moving to a better -designed fair dock,” Lamping said.

If the Jaguars take control of the Downtown property, Lamping said the organization will double the property’s parking capacity to 1,600 spaces.

“As far as the long -term plan goes, you know, tell me how everything will develop around Jacksonville and I’ll give you the answer,” Lamping said.

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