A $500-million project to replace the aging Jaguars stadium has been put on hold by state lawmakers.
The state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would delay the demolition of the stadium while a $1.2 billion, 1,000-mile expansion of the city’s airport, which is located in the Jaguars stadium site, is under construction.
State Sen. Michael Fudge, D-Portsmouth, said the state’s top elected officials need to get behind the project and put their money where their mouths are.
The Jaguars have had trouble securing enough public funding to build a stadium in Jacksonville, a city that has struggled to keep up with a growing demand for professional football in the state.
The team announced last year that it would move from Jacksonville to St. Louis in 2019.
The plan has been under scrutiny for months.
The state is still trying to figure out how to fund the $500,000 per year salary of a city police officer to patrol the stadium, as well as the $3 million per year for a security guard to watch over the team’s locker rooms and locker rooms in a city with one of the highest crime rates in the country.
Jaguars owner Shad Khan has said the team is committed to the project.
Jets owner Woody Johnson and other team officials have said the project would be financed by the city.