2013 Florida vs. Georgia Football Classic


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Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 - Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013

Welcome to Jacksonville!

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is committed to providing the most current information that residents and out of town visitors will need to enjoy the Florida/Georgia weekend festivities in a safe and secure manner.

To this end, we are coordinating with the City of Jacksonville, the University of Florida, and the University of Georgia to provide the information you need to make the most of the weekend. All event information related to participant safety, road closures, and traffic can be found on this website or the Florida/Georgia website.


Pre-Game Information
For residents who live or work downtown:
  • There will be no parking on the south side of Bay Street from Ocean Street to Liberty Street starting on Friday, Nov. 1 at 6 a.m. throughout Saturday, Nov. 2.
  • Be aware of the extra traffic and delays around EverBank Field and The Jacksonville Landing as guests arrive.
Downtown Road Closures

Road Closures from Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 thru Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 –
  • Hogan Street from Water Street to the St. Johns River will be closed Thursday, Oct. 31, from 8 a.m. thru 11 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3.
  • Pearl Street from Water Street to the St. Johns River will be closed Thursday, Oct. 31, from 8 a.m. thru 11 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3.
  • Sister Cities Plaza from Hogan Street to the cul-de-sac will be closed Thursday, Oct. 31, from 8 a.m. thru 11 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3.
  • Coastline Drive from the Landing to Newnan Street will be closed Thursday, Oct. 31, from 8 a.m. thru 11 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3.
Road Closures from Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 thru Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013
  • A. Phillip Randolph Blvd. from Duval Street to Adams Street will be closed Friday, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. thru 2 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2.
Road Closures from Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 thru Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013
  • Independent Drive from Hogan Street east to Laura Street will be closed Friday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. thru 11 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3. Please note: Independent Drive to Laura Street will remain open to southbound traffic going to the Main Street Bridge.
 Traffic Patterns

All bridges are scheduled to be open on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. The traffic plan is as follows:

Sign boards will be up on major roadways throughout the city with parking information.
Bay Street:
  • Lane indicators will be working Friday, Nov. 1 at 6 a.m. thru 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2. During this time there will be two lanes going east and two lanes going west on Bay Street between Liberty Street and Ocean Street.
  • On Saturday, Nov. 2 at 9 a.m. the lane indicators will shift to pre-game pattern this includes three eastbound lanes and one westbound lane on Bay Street from Ocean Street to the sports complex area.
Game Day Parking Tips
Gates Open at 1:30 p.m. / Game Starts at 3:30 p.m.
  • People without pre-paid parking passes need to use general parking.
    • General public parking in the sports complex area fills up hours prior to kick-off. Private lots near the stadium area go just as fast.
  • There will be no parking on the south side of Bay Street from Ocean Street to Liberty Street starting on Friday, Nov. 1 at 6 a.m. throughout Saturday, Nov. 2.
  • Arrive early. The stadium gates open at 1:30 p.m. After 1:30 p.m. the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office focus will shift to pedestrian traffic; vehicle traffic to the stadium should expect delays.
Game Day Transportation Services
JTA Shuttle – www.jtafla.com / (904) 630-3100

The JTA Shuttle is available from several suburban locations, along with access from some downtown parking lots and Southbank hotels. Game day (Nov. 2) services will begin at 11:30 a.m. to one hour post-game. You may view the schedule and pre-purchase a shuttle pass at www.jtafla.com.
Passes can also be purchased during operational hours at lot locations (cash only, correct change). For more information on locations and fares, contact JTA Customer Service (904) 630-3100 or visit www.jtafla.com.
*The following information is subject to change and is from www.flga.org
Downtown Park-n-Ride lot locations:

Skyway Convention Center: Round trip $7
Located at the Skyway Convention Center stop on Bay Street (across from the Prime Osborn Convention Center), patrons have complimentary parking, paying only to ride round-trip, non-stop service to the stadium.
Kings Avenue Parking Garage: Round trip $7
In the San Marco area, the Kings Avenue Parking Garage offers convenient parking facilities. Patrons can access this location from I-95 and numerous other arteries. Enjoy complimentary parking and ride round-trip, non-stop service to the stadium.
Bay Street (between Laura and Hogan streets): Round trip $7
Adjacent to The Jacksonville Landing. No parking provided
Southbank Hotels: Round trip $7
Fans staying at hotels on the Southbank should take the complimentary Skyway to the Central Station and catch the Hogan Street Shuttle and ride round-trip, non-stop service at The Jacksonville Landing to the game.
Other Suburban Park-n-Ride locations:
Southside (J. Turner Butler & Philips Hwy.): Round trip $12
Patrons coming from the Southside enjoy complimentary parking and ride the shuttle's round-trip, non-stop service from J. Turner Butler Blvd. and Philips Highway just off I-95 to the game.
Beaches - Wingate Park (501 Penman Rd. S.): Round trip $12
Patrons park free and ride the shuttle round-trip, non-stop service between the beaches and the stadium.
Shuttle drop off locations:
Kings Avenue, Beaches and JTB Park-n-Ride lot locations will use Lot B located east of the stadium across Haines Street between Gates 3 and 4.
The Skyway Convention Center Park-n-Ride lot and The Jacksonville Landing locations will use the ramp area that is located at the north end of the stadium. This pick-up and drop off area is located on the stadium property between Gates 2 and 3.
Jacksonville Water Taxi – www.jaxwatertaxi.com / (904) 834-4011
The Water Taxi stops at various locations on the riverbank. These locations include: The Jacksonville Landing, Friendship Fountain/River City Brewing Company, Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront, the Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk and Metropolitan Park Marina.
The water taxi schedule is as follows:
  • Thursday, October 31, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday, November 1, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 2, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 3, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Rates: $3 - $5 per person, one way.
Tickets can be purchased on-board one of the designated Water Taxi boats. Payments in cash only.
Jacksonville Water Taxi’s FOOTBALL POLICY - The Jacksonville Water Taxi will operate on a normal schedule during game day. Continual service to Landing #5 - Metro Park on the Gold Route will start at least three (3) hours prior to kickoff for football games and end three (3) hours after the final whistle.
For more information go to www.jaxwatertaxi.com or call (904) 834-4011.
Skyway Service – www.jtafla.com / (904) 630-3100 / TDD (904) 630-3191
The Skyway is FREE.
Hours of Operation:
  • Thursday, October 31, 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Friday, November 1, 6 a.m.- midnight
  • Saturday, November 2, 9 a.m.- midnight 
  • Rosa L. Parks Transit Station (Hogan and State Streets)
  • Hemming Plaza (Monroe and Hogan Streets)
  • Central (Bay and Pearl Streets)
  • Convention Center (Bay and Johnson Streets)
  • San Marco (San Marco Boulevard and Mary Street)
  • Riverplace (Flagler Avenue)
  • Kings Avenue (Prudential Drive and Kings Avenue)
The JTA Skyway, Trolleys and Stadium Shuttle buses are wheelchair accessible.
For more information please contact: JTA Customer Information at (904) 630-3100 or
TDD (904) 630-3191.
Additional transportation information is available at www.flga.org 
The safety of all game day participants is the utmost concern of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. To this end, JSO would like to stress the following safety measures.
  • Jacksonville does have an open container law for underage drinkers, and this will be enforced.
  • Stay with your friends, stay in a group. If you need any help, go to one of the Sideline Safety Zones.
  • Do not buy tickets in the street. Counterfeit tickets do exist, and people found with counterfeit tickets will be ejected from the game and face possible arrest. (It is legal to buy tickets from a scalper. However, you do so at your own risk.)
  • Above all else, USE COMMON SENSE throughout the weekend.

2013 Sideline Safety Zone Information
The intent of the Sideline Safety Zone is to provide a friendly and safe environment to those students seeking assistance.
The Sideline Safety Zone will be clearly marked and will be staffed by volunteers from each university as well as the City of Jacksonville. Services include access to trolleys and taxis, medical attention, water, snacks, phones and general information. The student safety hotline (904) 630-SAFE (7233) will be available during the hours of operation. Visit www.flga.org for further information.

Locations & Hours of Operations:

Inside The Jacksonville Landing
  • Friday, Nov. 1 - 6 p.m. - 3 a.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 2 - Noon - 3 a.m.
Outside The Jacksonville Landing (corner of Laura Street and Independent Drive)
  • Friday, Nov. 1 - 6 p.m. - 3:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 2 - Noon - 3:30 a.m.
Florida-Georgia Welcome Center (across from EverBank Field next to Metropolitan Park)
  • Friday, Nov. 1 - 8 a.m. - Midnight
  • Saturday, Nov. 2 - 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. 
Bay Street and Catherine Street (Corner of the Shipyards)
  • Friday, Nov. 1 - 6 p.m. - 3 a.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 Noon – 3 a.m.
Touchdown Showdown (outside EverBank Field's south end zone)
  • Saturday, Nov. 2 only - 10 a.m. - end of game
Adams Street Experience (outside EverBank Field's Gate 1)
  • Saturday, Nov. 2 only - 10 a.m. - one hour post-game
EverBank Field
  • No purses or bags larger than 12 x 6 x 12 inches
  • No cameras with lenses longer than six inches
  • No coolers or containers including cans, cups and bottles
  • No strollers or umbrellas
  • No pets (except special services)
  • No food or beverage from outside the stadium
  • No seat cushions
  • No video or audio recorders
  • No whistles, noise makers, air horns or laser pointers
  • No poles or sticks
  • No knives, guns or any type of weapons or explosives
  • No smoking (except in designated areas)
  • No promotional items or any other items deemed unacceptable by Stadium Management.
  • No Re-Entry
You cannot check items at the gates or in the stadium. Fans will be asked to either take prohibited items back to their car or dispose of prohibited items at the entrance of the stadium. EverBank Field and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office are NOT responsible for items left behind, lost, stolen or damaged. Possession of prohibited items is grounds for ejection from the stadium. Game tickets will be forfeited. No re-entry allowed.
Whether you are a resident of Jacksonville or an out of town visitor, please enjoy Jacksonville, the Florida-Georgia Football Classic, and all of the exciting venues Jacksonville has to offer.
There will be increased police staffing for Florida-Georgia. This does not affect regular police coverage in Jacksonville.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) will be enforcing laws regarding public intoxication, underage drinking and retail sales to minors.

For additional traffic information and live traffic updates on game day please have passengers follow @JSOPIO on Twitter or go to www.twitter.com/JSOPIO #FLGA
For additional information regarding Florida-Georgia events follow @FLvsGA on Twitter or go to www.twitter.com/FLvsGA #FLGA

Friday, October 25, 2013 News Conference

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