The Jacksonville In-Water Boat Show is relocating to the Jacksonville Jaguars home field; JBM & Associates, producers of the show, have secured TIAA Bank Field from April 3-5 for the land portion of the annual show.
“TIAA Bank Field and all of our stadium partners are thrilled to be a part of what will be Jacksonville’s best-ever boat show,” Bill McConnell, ASM Global general manager, said in a statement. “With success this year, we know it is destined to be an annual premier event in the sports complex and downtown Jacksonville.”
Due to the planned demolition of the Hart Bridge off-ramps into downtown, Metropolitan Park is not available for the 2020 show. However, the park’s marina will still play a major role in the Jacksonville In-Water Boat Show with all the in-water displays being held there. The City of Jacksonville has also come on board as a sponsor of the event.
“In the 19 years of boat shows we have produced, this is the first time we will be set up inside a football stadium,” said Jacqui McGuinness, president of show owner JBM & Associates. “We are appreciative of the support from the stadium’s management and the City of Jacksonville to help us pull off this major feat. The use of the stadium brings an entirely new level to the show and will showcase the region’s best boat dealers and their products in a big way. It will definitely be an amazing event.”
JBM plans to offer free attendance to those visiting the marina displays and will provide shuttle service between the stadium and the marina. The stadium portion of the event will be ticketed and will host more than 70 vendors.