Wow. That’s the only thing I can say about the new video boards in Jacksonville. Say what you want about the Jags’ performance on the field the last few years, but you have to admit that this is badass.
Saturday night the Jaguars hosted a ”Mega Event” for fans, which included a Fulham FC vs DC United soccer friendly and a free Carry Underwood Concert. In between the events, the team debuted what is, by far, the most impressive video board technology since Jerry World. Just for reference, these things dwarf Dallas’ monstrosity at 362′ x 60′.
What’s even more impressive is the time in which they were built. In less than a year, the Jags stripped down the old boards, demolished the north end zone and had the new displays ready for Saturday’s unveiling.
The video boards are part of the $63 million in upgrades to EverBank Field, which include the renovated north end zone, cabanas, field seating and two pools – which, by the way, were in use for the event.
Shad Khan (and his mustache) paid $20 million for the upgrades, while the City of Jacksonville picked up the remaining tab through a bed tax.
Unfortunately those pools will not be available for Florida-Georgia this year, but you can take a dip starting August 8th during the Jaguars’ preseason opener.
Here’s a look at the unveiling, followed by some Twitter reactions:
I’ve witnessed almost every historical moments in franchise history…last night will go down as one of the most memorable. Huge success.
— Brian Sexton (@JagsVoice) July 27, 2014
— Michael DiRocco (@ESPNdirocco) July 27, 2014
I’m dead. pic.twitter.com/kyCwWFHv0S
— USMNTim (@MadeByTim) July 27, 2014
Jim Irsay handing out $100s at Colts camp, Shad Khan unveiling this at Jags camp. Do you, Jimmy. pic.twitter.com/5igTzDsabB
— Solly Smalls (@SollyeWest) July 27, 2014