Events and Attractions

Florida-Georgia faces uncertain future in Jacksonville after '25

Recent surveys have shown Georgia's donor base to be nearly split on whether it wants to continue playing Florida off campusGETTY IMAGES

The Florida-Georgia matchup will remain an off-campus game for the schools through the '25 season, and while Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is "determined that it continue well past that," Georgia coach Kirby Smart "would just as soon it end there," according to Chip Towers of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. Georgia and Florida are "unable to host recruits when they play in Jacksonville." But they can "provide a limited number of tickets to prospects who request them." Smart's "beef is that the Bulldogs lose an opportunity to show off UGA's campus on official visits." Former Georgia AD Greg McGarity "has always been a proponent for keeping the game in Jacksonville." Current Georgia AD Josh Brooks "won't share his personal thoughts on the matter." Recent surveys have shown Georgia's donor base to be "pretty much split on the issue," so if Brooks "has a strong opinion, he's not going to share it at the risk of being at odds with half of Georgia's fans" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 10/26).

BACK IN THEIR ELEMENT: In Florida, Garry Smits writes "nothing will feel quite like business as usual on the First Coast from a sports and entertainment standpoint as a normal Florida-Georgia week." Fans will soon begin arriving, "their numbers stretching from the Golden Isles in Georgia to St. Augustine and every point in between." Last year, only 19,210 were able to watch, and "more than four times that number will be able to flock to The Bank as a capacity of 76,700 is expected to be another sellout." The stadium "will have 5,600 fewer fans" than normal, with "no temporary seats erected in the North end zone." As a result, total attendance "will be less than the usual number of 82,000-plus" (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 10/26).

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