TIAA Bank Field Florida-Georgia capacity to match what the Jaguars allow for home games

Schools and the city of Jacksonville to hold to 25 percent capacity

Garry Smits
Florida Times-Union
  • Georgia and Florida will play at TIAA Bank Field on Nov. 7 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Georgia has won the last three games in the rivalry
  • The two teams have played in Jacksonville since 1933
Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm is pressured by Florida defensive lineman Zachary Carter during the Bulldogs' 24-17 victory in 2019 at TIAA Bank Field.

We now know what the city of Jacksonville means by “limited capacity” for the Georgia-Florida game on Nov. 7: the same number as the Jaguars have been allowing in TIAA Bank Field for their home games because of COVID-19 restrictions.

That means between 17,000-18,000 will watch the 98th meeting between the two SEC rivals. 

Georgia reported it had received 8,962 tickets and Florida got 8,700 tickets in response to public record requests made by the Times-Union after the city of Jacksonville declined to give a specific number, saying only in news releases about the game that it would be played with "limited capacity."

Both schools will sell or otherwise distribute those tickets to their high-end boosters and season-ticket holders. The home team -- Georgia this year -- gets between 200-300 extra tickets per year because there are slightly more seats on that West side of the stadium.

According to school officials, the 262 extra tickets Georgia gets as the home team would be about the same if full capacity was allowed.

That’s 17,662 between the two schools. The city will have 300 tickets for its use, so the maximum number of people inside the stadium will top out at 17,962 -- 25 percent capacity.

Since the stadium was rebuilt in 1995, the Georgia-Florida game has played in front of 80,000 or more fans each season. The coronavirus pandemic has forced sports leagues and organizations worldwide to either play with no fans, or drastically reduced numbers.

The Jaguars have sold 14,100, 16,563 and 14,513 tickets to its three home games so far.

Gov. Ron DeSantis raised speculation more fans might attend the game when he said three weeks ago that sports stadiums in the state could admit as many as the host teams would permit. 

The Jaguars, Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Bucs announced they would hold to the capacity levels at which they began the season but the city of Jacksonville, UF and UGA declined to reveal what DeSantis’ ruling would mean for Georgia-Florida until the Times-Union records request to Florida's University Athletic Association.