The sounds of generators going, TV’s blasting and people cheering for the Bulldogs or the Gators is filling the air outside of TIAA Bank Field ahead of Saturday’s Georgia/Florida game. Fans were able to make their way into RV City starting at 8 Tuesday morning, and as they made their way inside, Jacksonville Police continue to investigate a shooting from Sunday that hurt 6 people just blocks away from the stadium.
Fans who spoke to WOKV say they are not worried about security ahead of the big weekend.
“I really don’t think there’s gonna be any wild stuff getting in on us.” Judy Skinner a Gator fan says.
Even Bulldog fans who have been coming to the game for years agree.
“Every corner you turn, there’s a cop. So, I’m not scared.” Debra Reynolds says.
Fans say it’s the sense of community that comes together every year that also makes them feel safe outside of the stadium.
“I heard the shots on Sunday and, you know, everybody’s like “oh its firecrackers” I said no those are gunshots.” Peter Wells a Gator fan who had been camping out over the weekend for a spot in RV City says.
“I heard the police are stepping things up, I’ve noticed the police are stepping things up, there’s a whole lot more patrols going on.” Wells says.
JSO says they are increasing staffing on game day with more than 600 officers assigned around the stadium and in surrounding neighborhoods as a result of Sunday’s shooting.
The Georgia/Florida game will be played Saturday with kickoff set for 3:30 in the afternoon.