The Jacksonville Jaguars have turned their focus to a new opponent during the offseason. This latest mission has nothing to do, at least not directly, with Maurice Jones-Drew's agent or a wide open AFC South, this one is all about the tarps, those vast expanses of vinyl covering up large swaths of an overly ambitious stadium project.
Mark Lamping, the Jaguars' president of non-football operations, told the Florida Times-Union that he wants to find a solution to the tarps, a way to make the look and feel of the stadium better without opening up the seats for game day.
Tarps cover roughly 10,000 seats at EverBank Field, whose seating capacity is out of line with its NFL market size. As for how they dispense with those tarps, the team is limited to temporary solutions.
The difficulty with duplicating that idea at EverBank Field is the Jaguars need to make those seats available for the annual Florida-Georgia game and possibly the Gator Bowl, so they can't install permanent renovations.
A solution may or may not happen in time for the 2012 season. Among the ideas being discussed are removable platforms that could be filled with everything from extra concessions to palm trees on game day.
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