There have been rumblings in the American press that Jacksonville Jaguars could well be ready to up and leave Florida, in search of a new more glamorous home. The franchise was rumoured to be exploring the opportunity of a switch to Los Angeles, or even making London their new home. However, a new $63 million revamp on EverBank field will convince local fans that their team is staying put.
The move to the West coast held some credence, while a switch to London would have been ambitious to say the least. With USA football massively popular stateside, it would have taken a real effort to replicate the same passion and following for the team in England - where soccer and the Premier League rule the roost.
The investment in the faciltiies will fund the incorporation of new video scoreboards in each endzone and additional display units around the ground. The idea is also to make going to the football a more exciting and diverse experience for the fans. A new fan platform area in the north end zone will feature pools, interactive activities and new food and drink vendors.
Team president Mark Lamping said that the redevelopment shows the franchise's commitment to Florida, and would revitalise the game day experience.
"Jaguars fans are going to fall in love with the new EverBank Field," he said.
"We do not take for granted the emotional and financial investment of Jaguars fans.
"In return, we're doing everything we can to produce a winner on the field, but in the areas we control - like the in-stadium experience at EverBank Field - we owe our fans nothing less than the very best, and that's what they can expect soon at EverBank Field."
The Jaguars picked up offensive tackle Luka Joeckel, Jonathan Cyprien, Dwayne Gratz, Ace Sanders, Denard Robinson, Josh Evans, Jeremy Harris and Demetrius McCray in the 2013 draft.
Local Jacksonville fans will hope that this recruitment drive and the work on the team's home ground will lead to success in the near future.