Fla-Ga? Ga-Fla? Here's what you need to know for the big game in Jacksonville
The RVs will be here any minute now and, before you know it, the streets of downtown Jacksonville will be flooded with red-and-black or orange-and-blue as Bulldog and Gator fans arrive for one of college football's great traditions.
Florida and Georgia have been facing off in Jacksonville since 1933 (except for World War II and a pair of games in the mid-'90s when the stadium was being rebuilt). There have been blowouts and nail-biters, a tie and some genuine classics in there. Georgia, the defending national champions, won last year's game, 34-7.
Is it Georgia-Florida or Florida-Georgia this year?
The Georgia Bulldogs are the home team this year and its fans will sit on the west side of the stadium, so it's the Georgia-Florida game. Because it's a neutral-site game, the teams alternate each year and the name of the event flip-flops.
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What time is the game?
Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.
Can I bring my dog?
Nope. Other than service animals, Uga is the only animal permitted in the stadium. Other prohibited items include bags or purses larger than 12-by-6-by-12 inches, coolers, strollers, umbrellas, outside food or beverages, seat cushions, audio/video recorders, whistles, noisemakers, laser pointers, air horns, knives, guns or explosives. There is no smoking inside TIAA Bank Field.
When does RV City open?
Fans will start showing up at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 at TIAA Bank Field Lot E for RV City, which is always worth visiting if only to see how fanatical some people can get about their favorite college football team.
When do parking lots open?
TIAA Bank Field lots open at 8 a.m.
When do gates open?
Fans can begin entering the stadium at 1:30 p.m.
How do I get to the stadium?
If you don't already have a pass for the stadium parking lots, you're probably too late to get one, but there is plenty of parking available within walking distance. The Jacksonville Transportation Authority Gameday Xpress shuttle bus will run between the stadium and lots at Wingate Park in Jacksonville Beach, Philips Highway at J. Turner Butler Boulevard and the Kings Avenue Parking Garage. $10-$15 roundtrip. The St. Johns River Taxi will offer $20 round trips on the day of the game.
How do I watch the game on TV?
The game will be carried live on CBS.
What events are going on around the game?
• The Georgia-Florida Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon is at noon Friday, Oct. 28 in the East Club at TIAA Bank Field. Bulldogs John Little and Champ Bailey and Gators Andre Caldwell and Trey Burton will be inducted. $60.
• The Georgia-Florida Fall Exhibition Baseball Game is scheduled for 6:30 Friday, Oct. 28 at 121 Financial Ballpark, which is in the sports complex near the stadium. $15. Fireworks will follow the game.
• Fan Fare will be held Saturday, Oct. 29 in the flex field facility behind the stage at Daily's Place. They'll have cornhole games, a Hall of Fame exhibit, 3-on-3 football games and other activities. It's open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and you don't need a ticket to the game to get in. Free.
We always loved hanging out at the Jacksonville Landing. What time does the party start there?
Well, never. The Landing was always a popular spot during Fla-Ga weekend, but the riverfront center closed in 2019 and has since been razed.
Hey, didn't there used to be an overpass right there?
The ramp leading from downtown to the Hart Bridge over the St. Johns River was taken down to make way for a planned development on the riverfront. Drivers heading toward the stadium on Bay Street will also notice traffic-pattern changes.
What else is happening in Jacksonville this weekend?
There is a lot more than just football going on this week in Jacksonville:
• Singer-songwriter Amos Lee is at the Florida Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25. $39.50-$89.50.
• Nimesh Patel is at the Comedy Zone at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25. $25-$35.
• Comedian Daniel Howell brings his We're All Doomed World Tour to the Florida Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26. $39.50-$59.50.
• Humorist David Sedaris is at the Terry Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26. $62.10-$82.10.
• Doug Stanhope plays a sold-out show at the Comedy Zone at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26.
• Country singer Craig Morgan is at the Thrasher-Horne Center in Orange Park at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. $29-$79.
• Through the Roots is at Jack Rabbits at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, with Cloud9 Vibes and Anella Herim. $15.
• Jazzman Boney James plays at the Florida Theatre at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. $35-$65.
• Local artists Lee Hunter & the Gatherers are holding a CD release party at the Mudville Grill at 7:30 p.m. Friday. $15.
• The Southern Soul Music Festival, scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at the Moran Theater, features Tucka, Calvin Richard, Pokey Bear, Sir Charles Jones, Ronnie Bell and King George. $89.50-$99.50.
• Country star Luke Bryan is at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Riley Green opens. $56.46-$250.
• Herman's Hermits Starring Peter Noone play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at the Thrasher-Horne Center. $35-$65.
• Ali Macofsky is at the Comedy Zone for shows at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. $25.
• JD Pinkus is at Jack Rabbits at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. $15.
• Silent & Listen is at Jack Rabbits at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. $8.
• Chilean pop singer Myriam Hernández is at the Moran Theater at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. $90-$250.
• Rocky Dale Davis is at the Comedy Zone at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. $25-$30.
• I Am They and Jonathan Traylor are at the Murray Hill Theatre at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. $20-$40.
• Tribute band Rumours of Fleetwood Mac is at the Florida Theatre at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. $35-$59.
I, like most football fans, really love the old Dutch masters. Anything for me out there?
Funny you should ask. "Beyond Van Gogh," a high-tech show that projects many of Vincent Van Gogh's best-known works onto the walls, floors and visitors, is showing just a few miles from TIAA Bank Field, at the NoCo Center, 712 N. Hogan St. Keep in mind, though, that you have to buy tickets online for specific time blocks, and many of the good ones are sold out.
It's nearly Halloween. Anything spooky going on around Jacksonville?
• "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," with pre-show live music, is at the Florida Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Costumes and props are encouraged. $15.
• 13th Floor Haunted House Jacksonville, Oct. 25-31, at 9230 Arlington Expressway. $19.99-$99.99. Three scare houses (Chop House, All Hallows Eve, Legends of the Deep), plus mini escape games and axe throwing. 13thfloorjacksonville.com
• Haunt Nights, Oct. 28-31, at Adventure Landing, 1944 Beach Blvd. $24.99-$34.99. Two scare houses (Payn Manor, Dark Fables 3D), plus mini-golf, go-karts and video arcade.
• “The Rocky Horror Show Live,” 11 p.m. Oct. 27-31 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining. $42-$58.33. In the evenings, Alhambra is staging “Ghost: The Musical,” but things get a little campier late at night. For ages 18 and over. alhambrajax.com
• Spooktacular, Oct. 27-31 at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. $30-$35. Zoo pathways taken over by themed decorations and mildly scary characters after hours.
• Nightmare on Bay Street Block Party, 8 p.m. Sunday on East Bay Street, between Liberty and Market streets. $25-$40.
Who's going to win?
Your team, definitely.