Jacksonville mayor announces Florida-Georgia series will remain in the city, provides updated contract details
The annual showdown between Florida and Georgia is staying in Jacksonville.
The current contract to keep the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party was scheduled to end following the 2021 season but Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced on Friday that the game will remain in Jacksonville until the 2023 season, with an option to extend that agreement until the 2025 season.
Georgia has beaten Florida two years in a row and holds the all-time edge in this series at 52-43-2 (according to Georgia)/Georgia leads 51–43–2 (according to Florida).
The series has been played in Jacksonville since 1933 with the exception of two years when the series was a home-and-home while worked was being done to the stadium in Jacksonville.
The game is held in TIAA Bank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“I want to thank both University Presidents, Dr. Kent Fuchs and Jere W. Morehead, Athletic Directors Greg McGarity and Scott Stricklin as well as the coaches and athletic organizations for agreeing that Jacksonville should continue to be the host city for such an important sports entertainment tradition. The partnership that we have with the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, and the City of Jacksonville proves that our community is the right home for this very special rivalry.”
His announcement can be viewed below:
My team and I have reached an agreement. The Florida-Georgia game has been extended through 2023 with an option to extend to 2025. See details here. @UF @GatorsFB @FloridaGators @FLvsGA @UGAAthletic pic.twitter.com/hacVXgbm5T
— Lenny Curry (@lennycurry) October 25, 2019
The ADs of each program have released statements following the news.
Georgia AD Greg McGarity:
“We look forward to the continuation of one of the greatest college football traditions in the country – a border states battle between Georgia and Florida. The extension ensures the historical preservation of the game in Jacksonville which has been part of the national college football landscape since 1933. The City of Jacksonville has once again demonstrated its commitment to this game through significant financial considerations to each school.”
Florida AD Scott Stricklin:
“We are excited to continue one of the greatest traditions in all of college football in having the Florida-Georgia game in Jacksonville. The Florida-Georgia game is more than a football game, it’s a week-long celebration of two storied programs meeting on a neutral field that has created generational memories for both fan bases. We are appreciative of the partnership we have with the City of Jacksonville and Mayor Lenny Curry to extend our agreement.”