Upwards of 75,000 fans are expected to attend the Navy Academy vs. Notre Dame game at Everbank Field on Saturday.
Rick Catlett, president of JAXSPORTS, which is hosting the event along with the city, said he is excited for “this iconic football game between the Naval Academy and Notre Dame — (the) longest intersectional rivalry in the history of college football,” to be played in Jacksonville.
In preparation for the game, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said fans should arrive at EverBank Field no later than 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Parking opens at 7 a.m, and kickoff is 11:30 a.m.
JSO also encourages people to follow their Twitter for game day updates on safety issues, road closures and traffic patterns.
Parking is no longer available for purchase online and must be purchased from the JAXSPORTS Office at Everbank Field from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday in front of Lot C. Cost is $25.
Event organizers are also encouraging the use of public transportation and shuttle services.
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority will operate it’s Gameday Xpress Shuttle Service, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and return service will end an hour after the game. Passes are available for $7 in downtown lots and $12 for suburban lots and can be purchased using their app, MYJTA.
The St. Johns River Taxi offers round trip passes for $10.
Complimentary Skyway trips are also available from 8:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Tickets to the game and information about restrictions can be found at jaxsports.com.
Gameday Xpress Shuttle Service Pickup Locations:
- Prime F. Osborn Convention Center - 1005 Forsynth Street
- Kings Avenue Garage- 1003 Kings Avenue
- JTB- 7020 Philips Highway
- Beaches- 277 Penman Road South
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