Daytona International Speedway makes strong pitch to be Jaguars temporary stadium

Daytona International Speedway is gaining speed in Jaguars quest for temporary stadium.
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TIAA Bank Field is planning significant renovations, which means the Jacksonville Jaguars will need a temporary home for the 2024 and 2025 seasons. And currently, the World's Most Famous Beach looks more like the Jags' vacation destination.

Frank Kelleher, president of Daytona International Speedway, gave inspiring info about the track hosting the Jaguars, additionally stating that they've had conversations with the team and are gaining momentum.

Kelleher says they're doing due diligence, "We've spent time in Jacksonville meeting with their leadership and a variety of follow-up phone calls with architects and engineers and design firms, you know, really looking at our property, our footprint, and understanding what is available", via Justin Barney of News4Jax.

The residents of Daytona Beach couldn't be more welcoming and excited to have the Jaguars stay in town for two years. It could be just the thing to revive the aging beach town and put them back on the map as the premier family vacation destination on the east coast.

"It's kind of gone from, 'Yeah, I think we can do non-stick and ball sports at Daytona,' to "Here's images of what we pulled off and it was a world-class event, a world-class pitch," Kelleher said.

There are many things the Speedway could provide that would make a unique and unforgettable NFL experience, with Unmatched in-stadium tailgating and camping, ample space for additional fan experiences, and a world-class up-front view of the games.

Image bringing a chair and cooler, setting up on the 18-degree track bank, and enjoying Sunday football.

Upgrades will take an estimated 30 months to complete and will cost nearly $2 billion. Two seasons outside of Jacksonville will expand their fan base, and with Daytona Beach less than an hour from Jacksonville and Orlando, it could be the perfect place to win over new fans. Jaguars will have to find a place to call home for two seasons. While it looks like they'll have their fair share of options, why not Daytona?

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