Florida, Georgia announce location for 2024 and 2025 games
The Florida-Georgia rivalry game (previously recognized as the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party) has traditionally been played as an annual, neutral-site contest in Jacksonville. For a while, the location of the game in the 2024 and 2025 seasons has been up in the air, but that matter was put to bed Wednesday.
With a joint release, Florida announced that the Gators and Bulldogs have exercised their option to play at TIAA Bank Field — home of the Jacksonville Jaguars — in the 2024 and 2025 seasons. The existing game contract contained a clause outlining an option to keep the game at the neutral site the following two seasons, provided the City of Jacksonville was notified prior to June 30, 2023, and the schools are formally notifying the city of their intentions this week.
See you in Jacksonville in 2024 and 2025! ?
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— Florida Gators Football (@GatorsFB) May 24, 2023
“The City of Jacksonville has been an historic host for one of the great rivalry games in all of college football,” Florida Athletics Director Scott Stricklin said. “We are excited to have the game in Jacksonville for another two seasons.”
“We are pleased with the decision to exercise the option that will keep the game in Jacksonville for 2024 and 2025,” said UGA J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Josh Brooks. “We look forward to discussions that I’m sure will continue over the next couple years exploring all the options for 2026 and beyond. We continue to be appreciative of the working relationship we have with the University of Florida and the City of Jacksonville.”
The annual rivalry game has been played in Jacksonville since 1933 with the exception of the 1994 and 1995 seasons due to the construction of TIAA Bank Field. Georgia is riding a 2-game winning streak and has taken 5 of the last 6 in the series. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 55-44-2.
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“We continue to be appreciative of the working relationship we have with the University of Florida”
Yep, everybody likes to keep an obedient, bittch-type around
Hmmm well you are the biggest bit— on this site td wow …. .. to bad you bring a black eye to a great fan base . I guess every village has an idiot and you deff deserve that title .
Now TDOW, you know that was not nice.
Most ga fans don’t like this game being in Jacksonville. I’m sure Uf fans wouldn’t like it in Atlanta… either move it on campus of alternate Jacksonville and Atlanta. Let both schools give tickets to recruits.
Although the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” game between the Gators & Dawgs is legendary, obviously the Jax location favors the Gators in terms of travel, logistics. A Home & Home schedule would be better for Georgia. Our Rivalry game vs. Auburn was played in Birmingham for decades but finally evolved into a Home & Home schedule. It’s about time for this one to evolve also.
Respectfully, Georgia fans very much enjoy one of college football’s most storied traditions in Jacksonville, which has become a generational rite of passage amongst fans, students and alumni.
UGA’s “Fall Break,” aka a three-day weekend, is always scheduled for FLA vs. UGA weekend to allow for no classes on Friday. No complaints there.
Fans, students and alumni relish taking over St. Simons, Amelia Island and RV City in the days leading up to the game.
A home-and-home in Athens also shortchanges UGA by AT LEAST $5 million every 24 months. They get paid out every season in Jax. The World’s Largest Cocktail Party is a built-in financial advantage to both athletic departments.
Total travel time is the same for both teams. 1h 45m drive in busses from Gainesville to the Sawgrass Marriott. 35 min flight from AHN – JAX, then a short hop downtown.
Finally, both teams will soon play in the Jaguars’ $600 million to $1 billion renovated stadium. With revenue splits, more corporate hospitality options in a renovated TIAA Bank Field will further enhance payouts to each school.
Got my fist degree at Georgia and I live in Georgia now. it’s 50/50 on its best day in terms of fans wanting to keep it in Jacksonville.Kids like fall break no matter when it comes because they do t have class turns out that’s the key. Most of them aren’t going to Florida. You would be keeping there for a very tiny percentage of fans.
I totally SunshineState. Ga/Fl game should stay in Jax.
It is a rite of passage that every UGA or UF fan should experience and a great college football tradition.
Definitely don’t move it to ATL. EVER.
Recruits do get tickets, to some degree, but any real interaction with the coaching staff is off-limits per the NCAA. Not that they’d have the time, traveling to/from and getting ready for the game.
No campus tours. No feel for Athens/Gainesville. No coaching film review. No family inclusion. No academic staff time. In short, absolutely nothing like an official visit.
Not sure why any uga fan would complain as they have more wins over Florida in Jax … it’s a great tradition and hope
What Afan said.
Fans can party at Amelia Island, St. Simons.Jekyll etc. put it in the crime riddled toilet Atlanta and you don’t party, you get shot.
I still bet the SEC moves the game to Jerry World at some point. Just a hunch.
Moves the SECC game out of Atlanta. Not the WLOCP.
I wouldn’t mind seeing it moved to campus sites once in awhile.
i wish you hadn’t corrected your original statement about the wlocp being moved to dallas. i loved it.
as for the sec champ game being moved to dallas, i have little doubt that dallas will turn into an sec champ site…likely alternating every year with atl.
also, there’s an obvious advantage to the gators with the the site being in jax (anyone unable to see or admit such is simply kidding themselves), but you’re dead-on that the site being in jax creates a much better fan experience….and i for one, would prefer it stay in jax, as opposed to alternating to jax & atl..or potentially moved to a home & home game.
Didn’t we get an article recently about the Jags playing in the Swamp because their stadium was being renovated in 24 & 25?
How can we play in a stadium that’s being renovated ? Come on let’s get this straight, I thought we may do home and home while the stadium was being worked on.
The other thing that comes to mind is that contrary to what your average Georgia Moron tells you, Kirby can’t get everything he wants
Georgia is riding a 2-game winning streak and has taken 5 of the last 6 in the series. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 55-44-2…don’t you just love how that rolls off of the tongue…and to think y’all were so close at one time…
I obviously dont have a horse in this race and dont have an opinion on where it should be played but I am curious about one thing. Today most decisions are made based on money. Im guessing it pays more to play in jax than home and home. when you consider the money the two cities get outside of the schools for home and home then it must pay a lot to go to jax and give the cities of athens and gainesville the middle finger, unless they get something out of it too. anybody have any inside info on that?
If they told ya, they’d have to kill ya.
It’s all about the money, but I think most UGA and FL fans like it in Jax.
However, it would still be cool to have a home and home from time to time :)
Not sure about UF, but I read recently that the city of Jax pays for UGA’s transportation to/from the game – which is, of course, by air vs UF’s 60-mile bus ride. The monetary upside is that each team pockets about $2.5M more than they would for a home game.
Jax says the game has a $45M local impact, but the rub for the state of Georgia is that most of that stays in Florida. Athens/Clarke County estimates that the game in Athens would generate $20-25M.
Actually am glad to see this tradition retained. Too many traditions are slipping away in the name of money.
Well I hate to tell you, this one appears to be staying in the name of money
I think it should be home and home. The games always seem dull in Jacksonville.
I think it should be home and home. This game usually seems dull, despite the talent and history of both teams.
Just take some edibles into the game in Jax.
You’ll be ok.
Once the game gets moved out of Jacksonville, no more reason for Georgia and Florida to play annually due to SEC realignment. It’s no longer a competitive match up any more
Nahh, that’s a real dumb take, try again
No reason to play annually…
No longer a competitive match-up…
Where’s the dumb take part, palley? I think sunshinefish nailed it…
Hey, did you see where UGa leads the SEC in Learfiled Cup standings, having 19 of 21 sponsored sports reaching post season play this year, pretty dmmmmm impressive for a OTP, yes palley? Sounds like Athenia is a 19 trick pony…
What I saw was UGA 4th in the SEC so far. That’s a good start for a OTP but you have very far to go.
BTW, extremely dumb take
As long as they maintain the tradition of the WLOP in Jacksonville I am down with it, once they go home and home it’s just another SEC game
It’s time to end the GA/FL rivalry.
FL should go to the ACC and Clemson should move to the SEC.
FL is a basketball school now.
Sorry uglyfacedmutt but UF is a much superior program than UGA and much more valuable to the SEC. We are not just a basketball school, we are the everything school. So far in 2022 – 2023 we have a league leading 6 SEC titles and in total we have 261 SEC conference championships, the most in the conference and 45 consecutive years with an SEC trophy, the longest active streak. Hands down the most complete athletic program in the conference. If the SEC wanted to move a team it would not be Florida
I kid. I keeed…
Florida football will be back as well.
Everything goes in cycles…
That’s what I always said in Jax. while kissing the drunken sorority girls in the UF student section back in the Spurrier days.
You can bet your life on one thing kirby will dang sure hang half a hundred on Florida both games under Napier and his M&M boys.
Lagway isn’t coming to be his savior after the two win season this year. The portal will take him so fast your head will spin, he’s going some place he’ll have a chance to win some games and not be the laughingstock of a conference.
I predict this season Florida will be dead last in the conference. These two dingalings at quarterback will set records for interceptions and incompetence.
Dead last in the conference and QBs setting records for INTs. Lets see how your predictions turn out