Jacksonville Prepared to Host the Annual Florida and Georgia College Football Rivalry

October 29, 2019  
The City of Jacksonville will host the annual Florida-Georgia football game on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 3:30 p.m. at TIAA Bank Field where the University of Florida will take the home field against the University of Georgia. The annual tradition has taken place in Jacksonville since 1933 and is considered to be one of college football’s most significant rivalries.
 
Mayor Curry at the podium for the news conference detailing event and safety information ahead of the 2019 FLorida-Georgia game.
“As mayor and a football fan, I am excited for what this game means to our community,” said Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry. “It’s more than a game. It’s a long-standing Jacksonville tradition, and an entire week of activities that brings thousands of fans every year. And this year is going to be bigger than ever.”
 
Florida-Georgia weekend festivities are encompassed in Duuuval’s Bold City Bash – the ultimate Florida-Georgia fan experience! The Bash will kick off with the opening of RV City on Tuesday, Oct. 29 and the Florida-Georgia Welcome Center on Wednesday, Oct. 30. The Jacksonville Sports Complex will come alive Friday, Nov. 1 with multiple events to celebrate the storied rivalry, including the Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame Luncheon and Ceremony presented by Miller Electric Company, the free Fan Fare and Block Party. The night will end with the Gators vs. Dawgs Fall Exhibition Baseball Game immediately followed by the Duuuval’s Bold City Bash Concert presented by WQIK 99.1 with country sensations Brett Young and Chase Rice; bringing the evening to a close with a fireworks show that will light up the night sky. Information regarding times, pricing, and event specifics can be found online at FLGAjax.com.
 
The City of Jacksonville will host six Sideline Safety Zones and Guest Services presented by UF Health within in the Sports Complex and downtown Jacksonville. The zones will provide free assistance ranging from first aid, transportation information, local information and directions, telephone service, cell phone charging stations, and more.  
 
Due to tailgating and weekend activities, game day traffic is expected to be heavy and fans are strongly encouraged to arrive five hours early. Fans should consider utilizing transportation alternatives such as the JTA Gameday Xpress or the River Taxi. Information regarding pricing, stop locations and other transportation services can be found online.   
 
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) has your transportation needs covered before, during and after the big game and Bold City Bash. Starting on Friday, Nov. 1, the JTA has shuttle service for visitors staying at Downtown hotels on the Southbank and Northbank to get fans to and from the Bold City Bash festivities. Those shuttles will have continuous service from 11:30 a.m. to midnight.
 
On the Southbank, service stops include Kings Avenue Station at 1201 Kings Ave. and the intersection of Riverplace Boulevard and Flagler Avenue. On the Northbank, shuttles will stop at the corner of Newnan and Bay streets, as well as the corner of Water and Julia streets.
 
On game day, the JTA Gameday Xpress is ready to get fans to the game with service from five convenient JTA Park-n-Ride locations: 

Downtown Lots:

  • Convention Center Lot, located at 1005 W. Forsyth St.
  • Kings Avenue Station: 1003 Kings Avenue
  • Passes are $8 when purchased through the MyJTA App, or $9 without the app. 

Suburban Lots:

  • Beaches Lot located near Wingate Park, 277 Penman Road S., Jacksonville Beach
  • Southside/JTB Park-n-Ride located at 7020 Philips Highway (at J. Turner Butler Blvd)
  • Northside/Armsdale Park-n-Ride located 3191 Armsdale Road
  • Passes are $13 when purchased through the MyJTA app, or $14 without the app.
 
The Gameday Xpress will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will resume for one hour after the game ends. Continuous service is only available at the Convention Center Lot. While all Gameday Xpress shuttles are wheelchair accessible, individuals with disabilities are encouraged to use the Convention Center Lot where JTA paratransit vehicles will be stationed.
 
For more information on Gameday Xpress, call (904) 630-3100 or visit Bit.ly/GamedayXpress. 
 
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) is committed to providing the most current public safety and traffic information for the 2019 Florida-Georgia weekend festivities. JSO coordinates with the City of Jacksonville, the University of Florida and the University of Georgia to provide the information fans need to make the most of the weekend. All event information related to public safety, road closures and traffic can also be found on JSO’s website at www.jaxsheriff.org. For live game day traffic updates, passengers are encouraged to follow JSO on Twitter at @JSOPIO.
 
This event is produced by the City of Jacksonville with the support of Allstate, Geico, UF Health, Miller Electric Company, iHeart Media, Monster Energy, Rubenstein Law, RJ Young, Southern Tide, Smile Direct Club, Maxwell House, Dunkin Donuts, Jacksonville Aviation Authority, and Fanatics. 

About the City of Jacksonville Sports and Entertainment Office

The City of Jacksonville’s Office of Sports and Entertainment attracts, hosts and creates opportunities that drive economic impact, accelerate the brand and improve the quality of life and cultural engagement for visitors and residents. Jacksonville hosts hundreds of diverse events each year making Northeast Florida a premier destination with rich tradition and world-class hospitality. For more information, visit COJ.net.