From left, sports and entertainment director Alan Verlander, Chief Leonard Propper with JSO, and Mayor Alvin Brown address the media at Everbank Field about some of the important information for the Florida/Georgia weekend.
Mayor Alvin Brown and city officials held a press conference this morning to highlight this weekend’s Florida/Georgia game, which will bring thousands of fans to Jacksonville for a weekend of festivities. There are definitely a few things you’ll want to know…maybe the most important? Get there early!
"The key is to come early, and if everybody comes early, 5 hours before kickoff, then we can assure you you'll be able to get to your seat on time to enjoy a great game," says Chief Leonard Propper with JSO.
This year's clash promises to be very interesting, as both Florida and Georgia come into this week ranked in the top 10 in the BCS (Florida 2nd and Georgia 10th). On Saturday Florida drubbed South Carolina 44-11 to stay perfect on the year, they're now 7-0. Meanwhile Georgia held off Kentucky last week 29-24 and sit at 6-1 on the year.
Mayor Brown said RV city will be opening up Wednesday at 8 a.m. and that there are already campers lining up at the gates that will be part of the influx of fans that will bring $20 million in economic impact to the city.
Chief Propper says the best way to keep up with live information on game day traffic is to follow @JSOPIO on Twitter. He says there will be message boards set up all over town directing folks to parking and what lane to be in. Propper says they’re cracking down on underage drinkers too and will be conducting underage drinking deployments with agents from the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco.
"If you're not 21, don't consume alcohol becuase they will be writing citations, numerous citations, no warnings."
Anyone without a pre-paid parking pass will have to use the general lots around the stadium and downtown area. FSCJ's downtown campus will be open to parking, freeing up 2,000 extra spaces. JTA will be running shuttles