This year’s Georgia-Florida game will be later than usual and could look significantly different than in years past.
The newly released Southeastern Conference schedule includes the annual Georgia-Florida rivalry at TIAA Bank Field on November 7, a week later than normal.
Details outside of the date and location haven’t been announced yet, leaving a lot of questions unanswered at this point.
The Jacksonville Jaguars announced capacity at TIAA Bank Field would be capped at 25% this season for home games due to COVID-19.
An official capacity announcement hasn’t been made yet for the 2020 Georgia-Florida game, but WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union reports that if the same standard is applied to the Georgia-Florida game, it would mean a capacity limit of about 17,000 fans.
However things are handled, the TIAA Bank Field staff will face a tight turnaround. The Jaguars are scheduled to host the Houston Texans at 1 p.m. the next day.
Fans will also find the sports complex area will look different when they arrive this year. The Hart Bridge ramp system that ran parallel to the stadium has been demolished, and adjacent Gator Bowl Boulevard’s reconstruction will be ongoing.
Down Bay Street, visitors will find a large grassy area where the Jacksonville Landing once stood. Fans who attend every year might recall the demolition of the Landing was already underway during last year's game.
It’s also not yet been announced how RV City — the epicenter of Georgia-Florida socializing — will be handled in terms of capacity or other restrictions.
Traditionally, the Talleyrand and Metropolitan Park areas are packed tight with recreational vehicles, golf carts and boats as alumni, fans and students from the two universities socialize.
At the time of this story’s publication, the city of Jacksonville’s official Georgia-Florida website had not been updated yet.
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