Jacksonville Sports Day

SEC: Georgia and Florida Extended Through 2023

JACKSONVILLE – One of college football’s biggest football rivalry games will remian in Jacksonvillefor awhile longer.

Since 1933, the City of Jacksonville and TIAA Bank Field have been the home of the Georgia-Florida game. The tradition will continue through 2023, with an added option to keep the game in Jacksonville two additional years, until 2025.

The long-running rivalry is one of the highlights of the year in Jacksonville featuring a sellout crowd of more than 83,000 and filling every seat at TIAA Bank Field. The economic impact to Jacksonville for the game in 2018 topped $30 million.

“We look forward to the continuation of one of the greatest college football traditions in the country – a border states battle between Georgia and Florida,” said UGA J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics, Greg McGarity.“ The extension ensures the historical preservation of the game in Jacksonville which has been part of the national college football landscape since 1933. Jacksonville has once again demonstrated its commitment to this game through significant financial considerations to each school.”

The game is the centerpiece of a weekend of events around Jacksonville. The afternoon before the game, legendary stars that shined in the series are honored in the annual Florida-Georgia Luncheon and Hall of Fame Ceremony.

That same afternoon, the inaugural Bold City Bash kicks off just outside of TIAA Bank Field. A block party, exhibition baseball game between the two universities, and live concert featuring headliner, Brett Young, and opening act, Chase Rice, will draw in thousands of fans the night before the game.

“We are excited to continue one of the greatest traditions in all of college football in having the Florida-Georgia game in Jacksonville,” said Florida Athletics Director, Scott Stricklin. “The Florida-Georgia game is more than a football game, it’s a week-long celebration of two storied programs meeting on a neutral field that has created generational memories for both fan bases.

The game often decides who will represent the SEC East in the SEC Championship game. In the 27 SEC Championship games, the two schools have played for the title 19 times, with the winner of the game advancing 16 times.

The new contract will be completed in the coming weeks and will need approval by the Jacksonville City Council.

It resets the current agreement, locking the game in Jacksonville until 2023 with an option to keep the game for two additional years, beyond that.

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