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Jags to drop stadium's capacity

Updated: February 4, 2005, 8:36 PM ET
Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Commissioner Paul Tagliabue on Friday assured Jacksonville Jaguars fans that the franchise's future is safe, despite sagging attendance and a decision to cover seats next season.

Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver decided in December to cover 9,700 seats in hopes of alleviating local television blackouts, which have become common the last two years in one of the NFL's smallest markets.

"I think everyone realizes the stadium was somewhat oversized in terms of capacity ...

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