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Picture perfect: New EverBank Field video boards are real -- and they're spectacular

Posted: July 3, 2014 - 8:14pm  |  Updated: July 3, 2014 - 8:25pm

One of the world’s oldest sporting venues made its appearance on the world’s newest – and biggest – stadium video boards Friday.

The image of the 1,934-year-old Roman Colosseum filled the 21,720-square-feet south end zone video board, the first of two new video boards, each measuring 362 feet by 60 feet, at EverBank Field Friday evening.

Twitter user @JungleJim77 shared a photo of the video board undergoing testing before the official debut of both video boards and other stadium improvements, including two pools and several cabanas, later this month during a July 26 soccer friendly between Fulham FC and DC United followed by a concert from county music megastar Carrie Underwood.

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R.G. IngersollFan
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R.G. IngersollFan 07/04/14 - 04:35 am
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Khan is the real deal. He's

Khan is the real deal. He's doing his part to make Jacksonville stand out, now we need a team that will show up big (playoffs) in the three years.

Noillusions
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Noillusions 07/04/14 - 11:20 am
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I don't know why everyone

I don't know why everyone seems to be under the impression that Khan is paying for the kiddie pools & scoreboards.
He will end up paying <20% of the cost and he gets the majority of all revenues made at the Taxpayer's Property.

The town (Taxpayer) signed off on every penny of the cost of the Bond issued...approximately 64 MILLION $'s with Khan promising to pay approximately 19 MILLION $'s. As some of you know (evidently most do not) jax will pay off the Bond with a Bed Tax. Unless jax becomes a major destination (I don't see it) it will take 35-40 years to retire the bond...this is what the council predicted themselves.
Also bear in mind jax's debt load is substantial and its Bond Rating slips literally every quarter. The final cost will likely be 100 MILLION $ or more before it's retired.

I'm sure Khan will make his payment with at a grand media event...while most of jax's citizenry thinks he just paid for it totally.

No one ever said jax had brilliant Citizens...just gullible & of course the local media does nothing to dispel that.

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avatar 07/04/14 - 01:29 pm
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At 362'wide x 60' tall, they

At 362'wide x 60' tall, they may just be big enough to show our First Lady's rear in true proportion.

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replyer1 07/04/14 - 02:05 pm
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A ridiculous lack of city

A ridiculous lack of city priorities. Similar to Brazil wasting taxpayers money on the World Cup when only a minority would enjoy it - after they paid to attend, adding insult to injury.
The majority of taxpayers in Jacksonville won't even see what they paid for. Truly a nonessential city expense.

Noillusions
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Noillusions 07/04/14 - 05:33 pm
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Just ANOTHER useless,

Just ANOTHER useless, expensive, nonsensical item to add to jax's SILLY LIST.

Thank you...Town Clowns & of course the Good Ole Boy Network.
THEY ALWAYS survive at OUR EXPEN$E!!!!!

Like I said...jax citizens are not known for being bright...just gullible.

Bottomline
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Bottomline 07/04/14 - 06:14 pm
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As a season ticket holder I

As a season ticket holder I am looking forward to seeing the scoreboards and how they are used for replays, Redzone highlights, etc. I am sure the futbol fans in Brazil are enjoying having the World Cup in their country especially since their team is doing so well. Sometimes money is not the most important thing and we should just enjoy things because life is short and its a shame to waste time on complaining.

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Noillusions 07/04/14 - 07:26 pm
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Again, no one has ever said

Again, no one has ever said jax has brilliant citizens (or fans) just gullible...very, very gullible & apparently clueless.
Obviously, many of the clueless, still live home with mama & dad & know NOTHING about taxes.

Bottomline
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Bottomline 07/04/14 - 07:41 pm
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Everyone has an opinion. I

Everyone has an opinion. I think some people just have a better view of what is important in life and moaning and groaning is low on that list. I'm a happy camper and negative comments have no value to me. Enjoy your anger since it seems to take up so much of your time. Happy 4th of July to all.

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Bull Gator2 07/04/14 - 09:32 pm
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I agree with delusional, "no

I agree with delusional, "no one ever said JAX has brilliant citizens." He is living proof of that. He profess to know a lot about taxes and bonds but yet he does not even know the amount of the bond issue approved by the city council. Had he taken the tine to read the bill authorizing the funding he would have noticed a few items. One, the bonds are for only $43 million, not the whole $63 million. Two, these bonds are RB's Revenue Bonds, not GO General Obligation bonds. Big difference. I would explain further, but it would be wasted on him. the RB's are backed by the bed tax.

He would also have seen that the bill states that any overage will NOT be paid by the city, but by the Jaguars, (Khan). Here again just goes to prove how uninformed he is.

The bill further states that in addition to the bed tax any profit generated by ANY event at EverBank field will be used to pay off the RB's.

And one last item had he read the bill he would have seen that it states that tax dollars CANNOT be used to pay ANY portion of the RB's.

This has nothing to do with the scoreboards per se, but rather his hatred for Jacksonville, it's people, and his life in general. At some point in his life a terrible employer FORCED him to move to Jacksonville, where he purchased a home in what must be a very depressed neighborhood. He cannot get out if his home because he is upside down, or something.

So take everything he post with a heavy grain of salt.

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Noillusions 07/04/14 - 09:46 pm
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Agreed, and thank goodness

Agreed, and thank goodness our Founding Fathers had enough commonsense to establish this great country!
Obviously, THEY had a better view.

Happy 4th to all!

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Davethecaveman 07/05/14 - 08:42 am
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Thank you Bull Gator2 and

Thank you Bull Gator2 and Bottomline. But enough of wasting time responding to the uninformed complainer.
I surly hope this video board is tied down good. It looks like a big wind sail to me.

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Daniel Plainview 07/05/14 - 09:34 am
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Regardless how good these

Regardless how good these scoreboards will look, the Jaguars and the city of Jacksonville will remain to be the least liked team and city that are in the National Football League. Most of the people who come to Jacksonville, just don't like it there.

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olgator 07/05/14 - 10:08 am
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Bull-your good points are

Bull-your good points are tarnished by your braindead stereotype descriptions of a commenter. No illusion brings up some very good points that I would think resonate with conservatives.

We are taxing people to pay for something that will certainly not last 35 years (reported life of payments) and only a small percentage of the community will get to fully enjoy. Granted people paying the tax are frequently travellers but its an evil TAX all the same. A tax travellers will still be paying for in 2049. I like pretty tv screens as much aa the next guy but if the money were used for education for instance the thing we paid for would be going strong in 2049 and giving us a return by paying taxes. Not a bunch of metal in a garbage dump which is where these screens will probably be in 2049.

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olgator 07/05/14 - 10:18 am
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Btw, I would totally support

Btw, I would totally support these screens and the vision if all of our city's other issues were being better addressed. In light of our crime and education problems, I fear the amount of money we decided to spend on tvs will backfire and make us look very bad to the outside world. I do not like our city being laughed at.

How many people have a 35 year old tv in their house?

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Bull Gator2 07/05/14 - 02:41 pm
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Two things olgator,

Two things olgator, delusional never offers anything positive about Jacksonville. He hates the city, and most of the people in it. Just read his post. I would ask you what good points he made. Was it in his 11:20 AM post which is totally factually incorrect with the one exception of the estimated time frame to pay off the bonds. Or maybe it was his 5:33 PM post that was nothing but a rant with no facts. Then again it could be his 7:26 PM post. See 5:33 post answer. But maybe it was his 9:46 PM post. See 5:33 and 7:26 answer. I think you get the point. He never has any real facts only negative comments.

Next. The bed tax was NOT created to pay for the scoreboards, nor was it increased. The bed tax has been in place for years. It is the funding mechanism that pays for improvements, and upkeep on ALL the sports complexes in the city. The tax will never and can never be repealed even if the scoreboards had not been built. That is one of the points I was making about the differences between a Revenue Bond, which is what was used for the scoreboards, and other bonds that have been issued for updates to the sports complex's, and General Obligation Bonds which is what the city/county issue for other infrastructure.

Further, NONE of that money by law can ever be used to pay for any other functions of the city, such as roads, library's police, fire, etc. So only the tourist pay the tax. And as an illuminating point ours is very low. You go to cities that are tourist destinations and you will see a MUCH higher tax. I often have as many as 4 taxes added to a hotel bill.

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olgator 07/05/14 - 03:51 pm
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Bull, I had no dispute with

Bull, I had no dispute with your numbers or characterization of the actual issue. Not saying I know you to be 100% right, just your points sound correct based on my limited knowledge of the issue. But imo, your post's credibility suffers when you make personal probably totally wrong declarations about a fellow poster's personal situation. I expect that kind of thing from other knee jerk posters who have no ability to argue with facts or pursuasion so they just hurl insults they've learned. I have little respect for those type comments from libs and conservs. Of course sometimes I do it too.

I thought Noill raised good point about the life of the payments far exceeding the life of the boards. Not a new idea but relevant to this discussion.

olgator
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olgator 07/05/14 - 03:57 pm
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I also suspect NoIll was in

I also suspect NoIll was in the ballpark (so to speak) on the skin ratio. How much Mr kahn has in compared to how much mr taxpayer is in. Or ms taxpayer. Another key point the paper doesn't seem to mention very often when promoting the jags.

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Walking-Tall 07/06/14 - 04:25 am
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Avatar, YOUR Punk A** will be

Avatar, YOUR Punk A** will be tuned in to watch it too... Front and CENTER... LoLoLoLoL...

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