As if the Georgia-Florida game could get any more interesting, alcohol sales could soon be added to the mix in Jacksonville.
It’s only fitting that a game affectionately known as the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” should be permitted to sell alcohol to fans that attend the game but despite the fact that games held at professional stadiums are permitted to sell alcohol, as the annual meeting between the two schools is held in the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, the game has never featured alcohol sales previously.
Now that the SEC has opened the doors for its schools to make individual decisions when it comes to alcohol sales, the annual Georgia-Florida showdown could soon feature alcohol sales says UGA Athletic Director Greg McGarity.
The Georgia administrator recently caught up with Mike Griffith of DawgNation to discuss the possibility of the game allowing general seating areas of the stadium the option to purchase alcohol:
“We could always do what both schools desire to do, (but) alcohol has not been sold in the general seating at EverBank (now TIAA) Field since we’ve played the game there (1996),” McGarity told DawgNation.
“It’s like any other neutral site game, as far as the same deal at Mercedes-Benz Stadium — schools could sell alcohol at professional stadiums,” he said. “So if we wanted to implement we could. It would be something we’d have to agree upon.”
That comment is somewhat vague considering Georgia is planning on selling alcohol next season in Sanford Stadium, but only in select premium seating sections. Florida has not yet announced the school’s policy when it comes to selling alcohol inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium but they have not expressed resistance to the possibility of doing so, as some SEC programs have already come out and declared.
If both schools are on board with selling alcohol, expect the beer to be flowing in Jacksonville come Nov. 2. One fan base will be drinking to the sweet taste of victory while the other will be searching for happiness at the bottom of their bottle. Either way, the alcohol should come in handy for both fan bases when Georgia and Florida meet in Jacksonville.