Going to the Georgia-Florida game? JSO says follow the officers lead – not your GPS

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Bulldogs and Gators fans will take over TIAA Bank Field on Saturday for the annual rivalry game between Georgia and Florida.

Fans are encouraged to get to the game early on Saturday. In fact, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office recommends arriving five hours before kickoff, which is set for 3:30 p.m.—meaning fans should arrive at 10:30 a.m.

The parking lots will open at 8:00 a.m. as people who have already claimed spaces can line up at the back door. The gates to enter the stadium open two hours before that — at 1:30 p.m

“All the plots you see here are marked. They know where they are going. If you have a parking permit, it must be displayed for the officers to see. The officers will get them where they need to go and get them to the stadium quickly,” Officer Christian Hancock, public information officer for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, told The Morning Show on Friday.

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There will be a lot of traffic and construction work will play into that as well as the expected large crowds.

“We have a lot of new roads that have opened up in the last week. There is a lot of construction work going on around the stadium. This will be a new route to people who have been here in previous years. We want them to follow the officers’ lead — not their GPS,” Hancock said.

Jacksonville Transportation Authority shuttles will be available along with the St. Johns River Taxi, which will stop at the Southbank Hotel, Double Tree and Hyatt Regency before the game and only at the Southbank Hotel and Hyatt Regency after the game.

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The Georgia-Florida game kicks off tomorrow, and die-hard fans are packing the River City. Here’s how JSO is preparing for the game and its fans.

While some fans will head downtown on Southeastern Conference showdown day, some diehards have already set up near the stadium. Lots of people got there earlier this week when RV City opened. Municipal docks on the St. Johns near TIAA Bank Field is also filling up as boaters secure their spots.

Fans of both the Bulldogs and the Gators say they look forward to the game every year, making it their own tradition.

“We’re obviously all excited about the game,” Georgia fan Nancy Wall said. “But it’s the end of the week of camaraderie, good food.

“If [the game] moves, it’s going to be crazy,” Florida fan Rich Dean said. “I mean, why take money from the city?”

Safety is a big priority as many people are expected to be in the area, along with all the different activities going on on Friday and Saturday. There will be a large police presence with uniformed and undercover officers. 16 safety stations will be set up for people, where they can get the necessary information, first aid if needed and even recharge their phone.

Kickoff for the Georgia-Florida game is tomorrow at 3:30. News4JAX reporter Aaron Farrar lives in RV City near TIAA Bank Field this morning.

Steve Johnson and his friends traveled all the way from New Jersey.

“Zero interest in either team. We’re here for the party and the tailgate,” Johnson said. “It’s a bucket list trip.

They were heading to Luke Bryan’s concert at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday night.

“That, coupled with tomorrow’s game, couldn’t be better,” he added.

Sequina Dennis and her friends said they would go on board on Saturday.

“We’re from Georgia and we came here to see those alligators get beaten,” she said.

At “Alligator Alley,” fans were just as excited.

John Stanton FL fan 48-10 “You never know what’s going to happen in this game,” said Florida fan John Stanton. “Keeping our fingers crossed. It’s always fun.”

Fans are encouraged to get to the game early on Saturday. In fact, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office recommends arriving five hours before kickoff, which is set for 3:30 p.m.—meaning fans should arrive at 10:30 a.m.

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