Jacksonville, Florida, is the largest city in the contiguous United States and is made up of more than 500 neighbourhoods. Downtown Jacksonville is made up of even smaller districts, one of which is the Stadium District. Here you’ll find numerous attractions to enjoy and many fantastic hotels near EverBank Field where you can stay during your trip. If sport is your thing, then this area of Jacksonville is ideal for you. It’s also a great area to base yourself if you want to explore further afield.
The main attraction in downtown Jacksonville is EverBank Field, which is an American football stadium. It’s the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, who play in the National Football League (NFL). EverBank Field was opened on 18 August 1995, but the area has been home to football fields since the early 20th century. With a standard capacity of 67,246, which can expand to 82,000, the stadium comes alive on game days. With the annual Florida vs. Georgia game, a game between the University of Florida and the University of Georgia, and a post-season college bowl game held annually, EverBank Field is very popular indeed.
Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville
The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville is a baseball park that’s home to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp baseball team and Jacksonville Armada FC. The baseball park opened on 4 April 2003 at a cost of $34 million and has a capacity of 11,000.
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena is a 15,000-seat, multipurpose arena that opened on 28 November 2003. Since its opening, the arena has held basketball, ice hockey, lacrosse, and indoor football games, along with a number of concerts. It can hold a maximum of 15,000 people.
Daily’s Place Amphitheater
Daily’s Place is an indoor amphitheater and is connected to EverBank Field. This is where the Jacksonville Jaguars hold their indoor practice. It opened in May 2017 at a cost of $44.8 million and seats 5,500 spectators. The amphitheater also hosts a number of pop and rock concerts throughout the year.
If sport isn’t really your thing, then Metropolitan Park is the place for you. It is a 32-acre park and concert venue located on the shore of St. Johns River. There’s something here for all the family, including an exhibition mall, a playground, and a picnic areas. It’s also home to the annual Jacksonville Jazz Festival, the World of Nations Celebration, the Spring Music Festival, and a fireworks display on the Fourth of July.
It’s easy to see that the Stadium District is exactly that, with stadium after stadium where you can enjoy a whole host of sporting events. It’s also a great place to watch a concert or just spend time with the family on the waterfront. Why not book your next trip to Jacksonville and see what else it has to offer?
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