Mark Lamping: Jaguars’ recent success should help stadium negotiations

The Jacksonville Jaguars are hoping to do a massive renovation of their home stadium, TIAA Bank Field. Standing in their way is a negotiation with the City of Jacksonville for a deal on the construction project that is expected to land in the $600 million to $1 billion range.

Fortunately for the Jaguars, they have Trevor Lawrence.

According to Jaguars team president Mark Lamping, having the 23-year-old Pro Bowl quarterback and a recent playoff victory under their belt should help grease the wheels during renovation negotiations.

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“We didn’t plan for the stadium when it was originally opened almost 30 years ago to reach the end of its economic life after a fascinating run in the playoffs with a young quarterback leading it,” Lamping told Jeff Howe of The Athletic. “The reality is when the local NFL team is winning, everybody has a little broader smile on their face, maybe a little more pep in their step, and they sometimes feel like it’s an easier decision to support advancing a major project.”

The Jaguars’ lease of the stadium with the City of Jacksonville runs through the 2029 season. That leaves a decent amount of time for the Jaguars to secure a deal on the renovation project, especially after the University of Florida and University of Georgia committed to playing at TIAA Bank Field in 2024 and 2025 — seemingly guaranteeing that no construction will happen until at least 2026.

Lawrence won’t be going anywhere anytime soon and, barring a sudden collapse, the Jaguars are set to be a contender for a while. If that helps a stadium renovation get done, that’s good news for all parties.

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Story originally appeared on Jaguars Wire