Your guide to the 2016 Georgia-Florida (or Florida-Georgia) game

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-  The Florida-Georgia (or Georgia-Florida) game is such a heated rivalry, the two schools cannot even agree on when they began playing or how many times they've played (more on that in game history below). 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-  The Florida-Georgia (or Georgia-Florida) game is such a heated rivalry, the two schools cannot even agree on when they began playing or how many times they've played (more on that in game history below). 

The two schools first played in Jacksonville in 1915 and its been held here every year since 1933, other than in 1994 & 1995 when the old Gator Bowl stadium was being rebuilt to host the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Gators beat the Bulldogs 27-3 in the 2015 game.

Since Georgia is officially the *home* team this year, the game is officially the "Georgia-Florida" game. Next year, when Florida is home, it is called "Florida-Georgia".

Here's what you need to know if you are coming down to the game... or just taking part in many of the festivities around the city during game week.

TICKETS:

There are no tickets for sale to the general public. There almost never are. The overwhelming majority of the 85,000 seats available for the game go to season ticket holders and students of the two universities, with the city of Jacksonville reserving the right to buy a small number of them.

That said, tickets are certainly available on the secondary market, with cheap seats starting on StubHub for about $60 and club level seats running anywhere from $200-400.

FIND SEATS ON STUBHUB or FIND SEATS ON VIVID SEATS

This year the Bulldogs are the "home" team and their fans will be seated on the stadium's West side.

The Gators are the visitors and their fans are on the East side.

Georgia-Florida seating map by wtlvwjxx on Scribd

 

PARKING:

Advanced Parking in the stadium lots is sold out. The lots open at 8 a.m. for anyone with a pre-paid parking pass.

There are several cash general parking lots that will be available near the stadium. Parking lots open at 6 a.m. on game day and will likely be full by five hours before the game.

Two parking garages near the stadium will also be available for cash, first come, first served. These are:

Sports Complex Garage
400 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32202
Car parking available

Arena Garage
999 East Adams St., Jacksonville, FL 32202
Car parking available

For more information on either garage, call (904) 354-8874.

There are also several private parking lots as well as city owned lots further away in downtown Jacksonville. To get a complete list of parking options including boat docking, CLICK HERE.

TAKE THE BUS:

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority's Gameday Xpress will operate starting three hours before the game and for one hour after.

Round-trip transportation from several downtown locations is available for $7/person and from several suburban locations for $12/person.

For information on where to catch the Gameday Xpress, CLICK HERE.

ENTERTAINMENT:

There are several big entertainment events that come with the Georgia-Florida game. This year's top draw will likely be a concert by the Avett Brothers on Friday night, October 28, at the Veterans Memorial Arena.

Tickets start at $34 and are available through Ticketmaster or at the Arena box office. CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS.

The Landing:

Florida-Georgia weekend is also one of the biggest weekends of the year for the Jacksonville Landing. Events on Friday night and Saturday include music on three different stages.

For information on events at the Jacksonville Landing, click here.

 

THE GAME ITSELF:

Georgia-Florida is not just about a party. It is a big game that will be nationally televised on CBS. Kickoff is at 3:30 PM on October 29.

The Gators come into the game with a 5-1 record (3-1 SEC) and in first place in the SEC Eastern division. They last played against Missouri in Gainesville, a 40-14 win which saw the return of quarterback Luke Del Rio (son of former Jaguars and current Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio) from injury. They are led by a strong defense that ranks in the top five in most national categories and scored two defensive touchdowns against Mizzou.

If Florida wins the rest of their SEC games, they would win the division and play in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta. However, Georgia represents the start of a tough string of games for Florida that includes road dates with Arkansas, LSU (moved due to Hurricane Matthew), and Florida State.

The Bulldogs are limping into the game with a 4-3 record (2-3 SEC), including their most recent upset loss at home against Vanderbilt 17-16.

Georgia is led by freshman quarterback Jacob Eason and talented running back Nick Chubb. They are in the first season of Head Coach Kirby Smart's tenure. A win against Florida would help right the ship and put the Bulldogs in position for a strong run to end the season and a high profile bowl game.

 

HISTORY:

The history of the game dates back to 1904, according to Georgia. That's when a team from Athens beat UF's predecessor 52-0. However, the modern University of Florida did not even open up in Gainesville until 1906 and the Gators claim the rivalry began in 1915.

According to Georgia, the Bulldogs hold a 50-42-2 lead in the series while Florida recognizes only 49 of those Georgia victories.

For Bulldog fans, perhaps the most memorable game of the rivalry came in 1980. The Bulldogs trailed the Gators late in the game 21-20 and had the ball on their own seven yard line when Lindsay Scott caught a Buck Belue pass at the 25 yard line, then raced down the field for a 93 yard game winning touchdown that spurned the most famous call in Georgia announcer Larry Munson's career, "Run Lindsay Run".


For Gator fans, perhaps the greatest contest in the rivalry's history was spotlighted by a timeout. In 1993, the Gators led 33-26 in a steady rain that turned the field into slop. Georgia QB Eric Zeier threw the apparent game tying touchdown pass with five seconds left. However, just before the snap, Gators DB Anthone Lott called timeout, nullifying the play. The Gators would stop Georgia on the game's final play and go on to win the SEC for Coach Steve Spurrier.

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