EverBank Field (formerly known as Jacksonville Municipal Stadium), which was built in 1995, serves as the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars and as the venue for the Gator Bowl. This stat-of-the-art sports complex is situated along the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville. The stadium was constructed partly with elements from the now defunct Gator Bowl Stadium. It was designed by HOK Sport and cost $134 million.
Capacity varies with the largest crowds being accommodated for the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl and other such special events. The total number of seats for the Gator Bowl stands at 84,000. The stadium includes a large club section and many luxury suites. For the Gator Bowl, the West Side of the stadium is the ACC side and the East Side is designated as the section for the Big 12, Big East or Notre Dame. There are four primary entry gates to the venue. Escalators, each 100 feet long, take fans into the venue.
The EverBank Field was renovated at the cost of $40 million between 2003 and 2004. There were 700 outdoor seats added to a new Terrace Suite, which sits on top of the south end zone. It includes a 10,000 square foot veranda and a 19,000 square foot lounge with restaurant food and seating. The Terrace Suite includes amazing and awe inspiring panoramic views of the St. John's River on one side of the lounge and dynamic, action-filled views of the playing field on the other.
The Budweiser Bud Zone was also added. This 15,000-square-foot sports bar opens onto the field and boasts of having a state-of-the-art audio-visual system for fans. Those in luxury areas take express elevators, named "Suite Express," to their seats. Suites open two hours prior to game time.
Luxury suites allow patrons to access the East and West Touchdown Club lounges—the Bud Zone and Sky Patio. These lounges offer topnotch dinning and beverages. Those in the luxury areas must have their hands stamped when exiting into the lounge areas. This allows them to easily pass back into the suite area.
Suites include special food and beverage ordering privileges. There is a game day menu available and orders can be made through the suite attendant of called in via the house phone. All fees for food and beverage orders are in addition to the price for suite tickets. Alcohol may be ordered and consumed in the suite but it may not be taken out of the suite.
There are Executive and Director Suites. The Executive Suites are a bit more upscale than the Director Suites. However, both offer topnotch perks and advantages to fans.
Each suite has access to:
- Reserved parking passes for the game at no additional charge with six for the Executive Suite and three for the Director Suite.
- Private elevators to Luxury Suite Levels Concierge on duty during the game.
- The concierge assists Luxury Suiteholders and their guests.
Each suite features:
- Sliding glass window to field.
- Fully upholstered, ultra-comfortable auditorium seats.
- Exclusive lounge Area.
- Wall-to-wall Carpeting.
- Individually climate controlled area with oscillating fans.
- Plasma screen television and two closed-circuit color televisions, including game stats and other information.
- In-house, state-of-the-art sound system.
- Private restroom in each Executive Suite.
- Suite level restrooms for Director Suite.
- Coat closet and locked storage space in Executive Suite.
- Refrigerator, Ice Bin, Wet Bar.
- Tailored food & beverage service from Levy Restaurants
1 Stadium Place, Jacksonville, FL 32202.
There are over one dozen parking lots associated with the EverBank Field. Lots open four hours prior to the start of the game. If someone in your party has a disability, you may purchase a special parking pass.
Disabled Patron Parking:
Shuttle (Please note: ALL shuttle information is subject to change.): There is a disabled drop-off which may be found at the Southwest corner of EverBank Field near Gate 1. Guests are encouraged to access the drop-off from Lot M (using the Georgia and Adams Street entrance). We also offer escort services from the elevators located in the Touchdown Clubs and at the North and South End Zones to and from your seat. There is also the offer of wheelchair and companion seating throughout the stadium.
All ticket holders and their belongings may be searched upon entry into the stadium. Those with tickets who decide not to consent to a search will not be allowed into the stadium. No refunds will be issued. Patrons with prohibited items will either take them back to their car or will relinquish them to the staff. Items will not be held.
The following are not allowed at the Gator Bowl or in the EverBank Field: audio or video recording devices or cameras with lenses longer than six inches;food or beverage of any kind (unless for medical reasons); cans, bottles, coolers or similar containers; firearms, explosives, or other incendiary devices; laser pens/pointers; noisemakers; promotional items; banners, flags or signs that may obstruct the view of patrons, obstruct stadium signage, promote an organization or company, be offensive in language, or pose a safety hazard including those attached to a pole. Bags larger than 12" X 12" X 12" are not allowed. Weapons of any kind are prohibited. Laptop computers are also not allowed. Additionally, any other item deemed unacceptable by Stadium management will not be allowed into the stadium or at the game.
Alcohol may not be brought into the stadium. It may be bought with proper identification until the end of the third period. Alcohol may not be taken out of the stadium; it must be consumed onsite.
ATM locations for fans are located on the Suite Level on the East and West Upper Deck concourses which are near the guest services booths (sections 410 and 436). ATMs are also on the Lower Level Floor of the Touchdown Clubs.
Patrons may use credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover) at most concession and merchandise locations throughout EverBank Field.
Disabled and Mobility Impaired Seating:
There are special seating locations for those with disabilities or whose mobility is impaired. Seating is limited. One member of the party may sit in this section with the disabled patron.
Game Day Tickets:
The game day ticket office opens three (3) hours prior to kick-off. The 9-window ticket office is located near Gate 2 on the Northwest corner of EverBank Field. Photo ID is required for all persons picking up tickets.
Entry to Stadium:
The South End Zone (Gates 1 & 4) opens the earliest, which is three (3) hours prior to game time. This grants access to the Bud Zone and Pepsi Plaza. The Touchdown Clubs, Luxury Suites, and MPS Terrace Suite doors open two (2) hours prior to kickoff. Gates 2 and 3 open 90 minutes prior to kickoff; the North End Zone elevator entrance also opens at this time.
Once admitted to the venue, there is no re-entry for a patron if they exit the stadium.
Seating Disturbances or Problems:
Fans should report any disturbances or problems to the nearest Guest Services Booth. Guest Services Booths may be found on the ground floor of the East and West Touchdown Clubs, on the main concourse level Southwest outside of 101/102, North End Zone outside of 123/223, Southeast outside of 144/244, East Upper Deck outside of section 437, and West Upper Deck outside of section 410.
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) runs the EverBank Field Shuttle Service with free parking on game day. These convenient buses run to and from EverBank Field from several downtown and suburban locations. Shuttle service begins two (2) hours prior to the start of the game and ends one (1) hour following the game. Extended post-game shuttle service is available from the Kings Avenue location. Fans who ride from the Kings Avenue and Prime Osborn Convention Center locations receive a coupon for a free concession at EverBank Field.
There is no smoking in the stadium seating areas.
Here are two locations you may want to visit and enjoy while in the Jacksonville area.
Saint John's County: This is well worth the visit. This historic and beautiful area, which includes St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and local beaches, is a short drive from the hullabaloo of activity that surrounds the Gator Bowl. There's natural beauty, golf, shopping, history and amazing beaches. St. Augustine, which was long ago a part of the powerful Spanish Empire, is a gem of a city. Brick-surfaced streets, horse-drawn carriages, authentic architecture are all part of the exquisite experience of this city, which is the oldest in our Nation.
Ponte Vedra's seaside landscape includes some of the most magnificent championship golf courses around. Included is the TPC at Sawgrass, which is the home of "The Players" Championship. The World Golf Hall of Fame is right down the road and well worth the trip with it's two world-class golf courses. For information, visit http://www.Getaway4Florida.com.
Amelia Island: Amelia Island, which is just off the northeast coast of Florida, is an amazingly beautiful setting, brimming with history and magnificent natural beauty. Rich in indigenous wildlife, offering pure waters, and surrounded by 13 miles of beaches, this barrier island is a calm, peaceful paradise. World-class dining, a range of lodgings and captivating ambience define this as a perfect destination for relaxation and unwinding. For more information visit www.ameliaisland.com.
The Loop Pizza Grill: Reasonably priced salads, soups and grilled fish, chicken and burgers. And lots of great specialty pizzas. There are numerous locations in the Jacksonville area, here is one. Their website lists them all. Location: 2014 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32259 Telephone: (904) 309-5667. URL: http://www.looppizzagrill.com/
Moss Fire Grill: Well known for great food and a wide range of fantastic margaritas, the Moss Fire Grill has a range of tasty appetizers, entrées and sides. Location: 1537 Margaret St., Jacksonville,FL. Telephone: (904) 355-4434. URL: http://www.mossfire.com/
Ruth's Chris Steak House: Fine atmosphere, first-rate steaks and impeccable service define this restaurant. The portions are huge, the side dishes unique and the reputation spotless. Location: 1201 Riverplace Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL. Telephone: (904) 396-6200. URL: http://www.ruthschris.com/Reservation
Cheers Sports Bar and Grill: There are lost of televisions and fine drinks. But they do not serve food. The staff is extremely welcoming. There's also live music. Location: 11475 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223. Telephone: (904) 262-4337.
The London Bridge English Pub and Eatery: Draft and bottled beers from around the world are on hand. And there's plenty of food, including Scotch Eggs, Bangers and Mash and one of the pub's original menu items, Cecil's Ham Sandwich. Location: 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Telephone: (904) 359-0001. URL: http://www.londonbridgepubjax.com/contact.html
The Twisted Martini: This is a very trendy, upscale bar where they don't allow ball caps, bandanas or any other headgear and no sports or team attire is allowed after 8 p.m. They specialize in martinis (of course) and serve award-winning tapas. Location: 2 Independent Dr. #173, Jacksonville, FL, 32202. Telephone: (904) 353-8464 URL: thetwistedmartini.com