The design for the Jacksonville Jaguars' amphitheater and covered flex field extends the vitality of EverBank Field beyond the stadium’s walls. The building’s orientation emphasizes the relationship between EverBank Field, the new 5,500-seat amphitheater, the new multi-use field, and the waterfront. To further the integration of these new programs, EverBank’s south end zone is opened to the new facility to the south, allowing for a dramatic connection to the main field. Community, connectivity, and event served as the key drivers behind the siting of each program.
In response to the Owner’s request for a truly iconic design, international sports architect Populous took inspiration from Jacksonville’s vast array of estuaries and long-span steel truss bridges over the St. Johns River. The resulting form blends structure and architecture with a singular long-span roof covering both the practice field and the amphitheater.
The roof material is a composite membrane composed of fiberglass yarns and coated with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). The exposed steel trusses on the top side of the roof membrane blend the exterior architecture of the amphitheater with the adjacent stadium scoreboard structure and the nearby Hart Bridge, while the single-layer membrane hung below provides an elegant, high-volume space for both the amphitheater and practice field. The roof is supported by carefully detailed steel V-columns at the perimeter of the facility.