Mayor Alvin Brown's Blog

Jacksonville: City of Sports and Entertainment

Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Landing a round of the Davis Cup international tennis championship represents a major win for the City of Jacksonville.
MaliVai Washington, Jeff Ryan, Mayor Alvin Brown and Alan Verlander with the Davis Cup
The United States will be up against Brazil at Veterans Memorial Arena from Feb. 1 through Feb. 3, 2013.
“Our selection emerged from a highly competitive process and it goes to show that we have the staff, facilities and experience to do a first-rate job,” said Mayor Alvin Brown. “This is about more than tennis. It’s about drawing in new visitors and building a stronger brand for our city. That’s good for everyone from the Beaches to Baldwin. It helps to create the narrative and tell the world who we are and the great things we are capable of.”
The mayor has prioritized Sports and Entertainment as part of the overall strategy to refine the Jacksonville brand and develop the regional economy. The idea is to have more big-ticket events like the Florida-Georgia rivalry to draw in fans from all over the region and beyond.
Davis Cup has lined up with some great accomplishments in this area since the mayor took office.
  • In May, more than 40,000 fans at EverBank Field set a statewide crowd record for international friendlies as the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team took on Scotland.
  • Nov. 9, Naval Station Mayport will be broadcast on NBC as the Florida Gator basketball team takes on the Georgetown Hoyas aboard the USS Bataan for the Navy-Marine Corps Classic.