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Lynyrd Skynyrd to play EverBank Field as part of farewell tour

Lynyrd Skynyrd is planning a big homecoming as part of their farewell tour.

Johnny Van Zant and Rickey Medlocke announced at EverBank Field Thursday that the band will play the stadium September 2nd,  along with Kid Rock, Jason Aldean, and others.

“We’re gunna rock the house here, let’s fill the tilt,” Van Zant says.

They said they knew they wanted to stop in Jacksonville on their “Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour”, but they’re especially excited to be able to come to the stadium.

“I said ‘Hey- the Jags and Skynyrd, c’mon’,” Van Zant says.

The concert is a day-long event, which will also include food trucks, games, and more.

“I am so proud of this town,” Medlocke says.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Monday, April 30th at 10AM. The only other Florida stops announced for the tour so far are West Palm Beach on May 4th and Tampa May 5th.

Honoring tradition: Jags showcase new uniforms

Teal is still not a primary color in the Jags new uniform scheme, but it’s more prominent and just one way they’re seeking to honor the team’s history in the new design.

The Jaguars new “Color Rush” uniform will be head-to-toe teal, instead of the gold they’ve been wearing prior years. This is also the first time the team has teal pants, which can be worn at any time. The teal jersey is the official alternate uniform, which is expected to be worn several times over the season.

GALLERY:New uniforms for the Jacksonville Jaguars

Jaguars President Mark Lamping says there was a few reasons they didn’t make teal a primary color, including that tastes can change. Even more than that, though, they wanted to make sure the teal kept its power.

“If you wore them all the time, they’d be a little less special,” he says.

The two-tone helmet is gone, in favor of the shine-finished traditional style. There is an elevated “JAX” by the forehead, which the team says shows the connection to the community, and elevated “JAGUARS” at the nape. The uniform also features the Jags logo on the players’ hearts.

The numbers are bold and modern, which is supposed to pay homage as well to prior uniforms. The end goal, according to the team, was no-nonsense, classic Jags.

“They’re classic, they’re simple, they’re powerful, they’re agile, they’re winning,” says Jaguars owner Shad Khan.

There are also a lot of features in the Nike uniforms designed for the benefit of the players, including removing front seams to improve mobility and create fewer grab points for the opposing team. The uniforms are also lighter than the industry standard, which will help players stay cool, and they’re designed to repel water. Additionally, there are new mesh patches over major “sweat zones”, like behind the knee, to provide some ventilation.

GALLERY: New Jacksonville Jaguars uniforms

Jags unveil $2.5 billion plan for Sports Complex development

An upgraded marina, exposition space, mixed-use entertainment buildings, and more.

It’s all part of the new redevelopment proposal put forward by the Jacksonville Jaguars, during their annual “State of the Franchise” event. The team estimates the total plan to be a $2.5 billion investment.

Overall, the plan includes a high-end hotel, convention center and hotel, park, and much more. They also envision moving the Veterans Memorial Wall to a more prominent place in a veterans park along the St. Johns River, but that would only happen with the consent and support of the military community and community at large.

To get to that, though, the team says the elevated Hart Bridge ramps need to come down.

"The great redevelopment potential that that will unlock- the ambition and the scope of the development on the banks of the St. Johns River will be significantly greater if those lanes get back to grade,” says Jaguars President Mark Lamping.

Until then, the focus will be specifically Lot J.

The now-parking lot could be the destination for three large mixed-use buildings and a “live arena”. Lamping says the market will dictate what goes in the buildings, but they’re planning for office, hotel, and possibly residential space. Street-level,  there would be retail and shops. To make up for the loss of a parking lot, Lamping says they’re planning to build a roughly 3,000 space parking garage where the retention pond is currently. While there are concerns about the land underneath that, Lamping says they’ve already been doing testing and he’s confident they can work around what they find.

Lamping says this would be a multi-year commitment. He says it would be a public/private partnership, although it’s unclear at this time how much they will ask for from the City. The total investment on the broader plan is believed to be more than $2 billion.

Lamping says this proposal is an expansion of the Shipyards proposal they previously put forward. They won the right to redevelop that property almost exactly a year ago, but the negotiations are still ongoing.

"A really vibrant new neighborhood that contributes not only to the quality of life of Jacksonville, but also contributes to the economic strength of Downtown Jacksonville,” he says.

GALLERY: Shipyards redevelopment proposal

Activating the area around the stadium is not only important for the City, though.

“I think this is absolutely paramount for the Jaguars to be stable in this area. The City has to grow, and we’ve got to have energy around the stadium and in the stadium, especially on game days,” says Jags owner Shad Khan.

And from there, they say things could really boom.

"For a neighborhood like this to be successful and to really transform Downtown, it starts with jobs. So everything we do, we need to focus really hard on bringing jobs to this part of Downtown. And if we're successful in terms of this activity, you would expect it to bleed towards Downtown. And with all the other exciting stuff happening in Downtown, that could bleed towards the Sports Complex, and we'll get close to realizing the full potential that Downtown Jacksonville represents,” Lamping says.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says the idea behind the proposal is “visionary”. He is open to a financial commitment from the City, but says he will put that proposal through his scorecard to ensure there will be a return for the citizens of Jacksonville. He further says the City is working on a federal grant for the Hart Bridge ramp project, after recently bringing in $12.5 million from the State.

The Jags are partnering with The Cordish Companies in this proposal.

Dog park, other changes coming to EverBank Field

The home of the Jacksonville Jaguars will now be the first NFL stadium to have a dog park.

During the annual “State of the Franchise” event, Jaguars President Mark Lamping announced the team is partnering with Pet Paradise to bring a dog daycare to the South End Zone fan deck. It will include a water feature.

Lamping says this will only be open on game days, and they are not seeking public funding to make the attraction happen.

The North End Zone fan deck is changing as well- the Jags are partnering with veteran-owned business Grunt Style, to bring all of the military commemorations the team does each game, in to the same area.

The deck will now be where the veteran business owner of the game and veteran of the game are honored, as well as where the fourth quarter bell is rung. They’re also adding in military themes throughout the deck, creating a “hometown pride” area, and designating a zone where fans can compete with each other.

The stadium itself is seeing some upgrades as well.

WOKV previously told you that EverBank Field will be renamed TIAA Bank Field ahead of the upcoming football season. Thursday gave us our first idea of what the signage will look like.

Another game day fan enhancement is at the concession stand. The Jags now have $5 “classics”- hot dogs, fries, nachos, pretzels, and soft drinks. Last season, if you bought one of each, it cost you $32. Now, that would run you $25.

The tarps will not be back for the 2018 season. Team leadership says it’s a big win for the team psychologically to not have to tent off 3,500 seats, and they also recognized during the home playoff game when the venue was sold out, that it gives them an incredible home field advantage to have that full stadium rocking.

13-year-old boy running for governor of Vermont

The state that produced the oldest man ever to run for president now has the youngest person ever to run for governor.

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Bernie Sanders turned 75 two months before the 2016 presidential election. Ethan Sonneborn is 13 and an eighth-grader who is running for governor.


There is no minimum age to run for governor in Vermont, so Sonenborn is officially the youngest candidate for that office in state history, CNN reported.

Sonneborn is running as a Democrat and will face two other candidates in the party’s primary election in August. The winner will face incumbent Gov. Phil Scott, 59, a Republican.

The teen’s platform will focus on stricter gun control legislation an issue he has stressed since announcing his candidacy in 2017, CNN reported.

"I'll admit when I first heard about a 13-year-old running, I thought, 'Is this some kid from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, spoiled?' But that's not the case," Vermont Democratic Party Executive Director Conor Casey told CNN. "Ethan really did embrace the gun issue early on. He's representing younger people and he's been a good voice for them."

Sonneborn admitted that hunting is an important part of life in New England.

"It's a culture that I respect," he said. "But if it's making the decision between letting my friends have a good time at a firing range and them possibly being involved in a school shooting, I'm choosing legislation to protect them from that school shooting."

Sonneborn said he has met Scott, who told him his gubernatorial bid is "very cool," CNN reported.

Old ship hull debris washes up at Guana State Park

A large piece of shipwreck has washed up at Guana State Park in Ponte Vedra Beach.

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office says this debris appears to be a piece of an old ship hull. Guana State Park requested archaeologists come out to the site to study the shipwreck.

Our partner Action News Jax was there with the archaeologists, who spent time taking notes, doing drawings, and mapping out the scene.

“There are so many details that go in to trying to assess  the date, where it came from,” says Tonya Creamer, with the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum.

She says it’s up to the state to decide what will happen with the wreckage.

The new home of the Jacksonville Jaguars: TIAA Bank Field

The Jacksonville Jaguars will no longer play at EverBank Field.

WOKV first told you last month that, following TIAA’s acquisition of EverBank, the company had asked to change the name of the stadium to TIAA Bank Field. They’re assuming the naming rights of the facility, which allows for a name change, as long at the City and the Jaguars agree.

The Jags have already approved the change, and now, the City Council has voted in favor as well. A City Spokeswoman tells WOKV she has no reason to believe the Mayor would strike it down.

EverBank tells WOKV the new signage will be in place ahead of the next NFL season. There are no renderings of the new sign at this time, but we’re told more will be unveiled during the Jags’ State of the Franchise next month.

The naming rights agreement says the company- which will be operating as TIAA Bank- is solely responsible for all costs that are incurred by any party as a result of the name change. The expected fiscal impact on the City, therefore, is nothing.

The City Council approved the change by an 18-0 vote, with Councilman Greg Anderson abstaining because he’s an employee of TIAA Bank. The naming rights agreement lasts through February 28, 2025.

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