Major League Soccer is coming to Jacksonville yet the region is not yet fully prepared for it. The NASL (North American Soccer League) recently announced the establishment of the Jacksonville Armada, an expansion team which may play games at EverBank Field or the University of North Florida beginning in 2015, and neither facility is ideally suited to host a professional soccer game. The Florida Times Union has reported that the U.S. National soccer team will play Nigeria in a “friendly” game in Jacksonville at EverBank Field on June 7th prior to moving on to the World Cup competition. What’s missing here? Jacksonville does not have a soccer stadium designed specifically for major league soccer, and without it the area may well miss out on other significant opportunities.
Coldwell Banker Commercial Benchmark is marketing a large parcel (43 acres) of land strategically sited within a One Wood shot from Interstate 95 at a major intersection with zoning in place for such a facility. The Benchmark Team has consulted with the county zoning and development officials who agreed the site is well suited for a soccer stadium. Anyone with interest in working with the land owner to build a state of the art 20,000 seat soccer stadium on the site could contact Henry Rogers or Eddie Segars of Coldwell Banker Commercial Benchmark at 904-281-1990 for specific details.