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SMG and Global Spectrum make final pitches
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The two companies wanting to land the contract to manage EverBank Field and the multiple entertainment venues made their final pitches to the city.

SMG has held the contract for twenty years and  believes its experienced team and track record speaks for itself.

Global Spectrum wants a crack at the work and believes its resources and vision are a perfect fit for Jacksonville.

"We are more than arena managers with all this muscle behind us we are someone who can come into this community and help grow the community and be part of it," said Global Spectrum Chairman Peter Lukko who took part in the presentation before the evaluation committee.

Global Spectrum is offering to manage the facilities for $300,000 a year and contribute $200,000 towards Jacksonville Alive--a blue print for an entertainment venue with bars and restaurants.

SMG is requesting a yearly fee of $150,000 and says it can build on its strong track record of bringing events not only to the stadium but the arena as well.

When it comes to concerts, Global Spectrum says it delivers.

"In the first quarter of this year we ranked 18th in the United States and 42nd in the world," said Doug Thorton in his presentation on concert action at the arena.

The evaluation committee is currently scoring both proposals with the presentations being the last part of the grading.  The committee plans to make a recommendation within the next two weeks.

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