Jacksonville Jaguars

Removal of Everbank Field tarps ends era of misery for Jaguars

It’s gonna happen. Watch. Somehow, after the Jaguars announced that the tarps are coming off Everbank Field on Monday, there will be a negative backlash.

Wait and see.

For one, any mention of the tarps is going to give outsiders an opportunity to rip the team and fan base.

It’s like being a 40-year-old with perfect teeth. If you ever mention that you once had braces, family members will come out of the woodwork to remind your friends that you were once called “Bucky Beaver” or that you “looked like a donkey trying to eat corn through a picket fence.” No. I’m not talking about me. For starters, I’m still 39, but you get my point.

Is the addition of 3501 seats really that big of a deal? In truth, no one would ever notice a 5% increase in seating capacity, either in person of on television. The removal of four massive tarps is a big deal, though. The tarps are a constant visual reminder of the worst years in Jacksonville. Removing them removes us from those years, hopefully.

The team also announced on Monday its new uniforms will be unveiled this spring.

By summer, the NEW Jacksonville Jaguars should be ready for the next chapter of team success.

But before that chapter begins, I am afraid that I will see social media buzz with negativity about the transformation.

“They’ve raised ticket prices…Will the fans continue to go…I’m boycotting the NFL.”

Here’s the fact of the matter: there is absolutely nothing negative about this announcement.

It’s an announcement 12 years in the making.

With a loaded 2018 home schedule and the team clearly in championship contention, this is the absolute best time to remove the tarps.

There is a strong possibility that the Jaguars will have more nationally televised games this season.

These are no longer that door mat Jaguars, neither is the stadium. Nor is the city of Jacksonville.

Removing the tarps removes an opportunity for negative commentary when the broadcast team of Whoever and So and So come to town. In the past, they’ve never made comments on the lack of 3501 seats, but the four tarps have been a frequent discussion when attempting conversation in between interceptions and extended third downs.

Yes. Season tickets will go up on average 10%. Just remember, the Jaguars have refused to raise prices when everyone else has over the last several years.

When Shad Khan said in his introductory press conference that he wanted Jags’ games to be “the hottest ticket in town,” I don’t think anyone thought he meant the cheapest. To have a premiere team, we should all be aware that we’ll be paying premium prices.

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