Jacksonville is right place for Dogs-Gators

ga flaJust about everyone in the Bulldog Nation has an opinion on keeping the Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville and those opinions have been aired here many times. But since the UGA Athletics Board has decided that the game should stay there, at least for another six years, I figured some of you might want to vent one way or the other on the subject.

As far as I’m concerned, they made the right decision if you want Georgia-Florida to remain one of college football’s marquee games, like Oklahoma-Texas. As I’ve written before, it’s the 50/50 split and cocktail party atmosphere that elevate this match-up above just another important game in the SEC East.

You can make a convincing case for playing the game in Athens and Gainesville or at least alternating home-and-home with Jacksonville, but in the end that would take away from what makes Georgia-Florida special and a lock every year for a national TV slot.

That’s my take. So now that they’ve made it official it will stay in Jacksonville, feel free to share your thoughts.

113 comments Add your comment

mark

September 24th, 2009
1:48 am

can you tell me how much athens is losing in commerce by not hosting the game? come on. you think you know everything… it is time to stop playing the games in jacksonville

#2 BAMA FAN

September 24th, 2009
4:09 am

The game should stay in Jacksonville!!! PARTY LIKE ITS 1999!!

Bill

September 24th, 2009
5:26 am

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One last point for those who think tradition is just the “last bad habit” or whatever that idiotic saying is. The only people who truly believe this are the newcomers, because they have no frame of reference. To them I say that if you take away college football’s tradition you end up with have the Jacksonville Jaguars. Lots of bandwagon fans and TV watchers, and nobody cares much one way or the other.

jerry

September 24th, 2009
5:59 am

If college football teams were w-hores, UGA would be the biggest one of all. And just how much revenue does this cost the state? But it is not the reason for UGA’s failures. It is because UF has better players and coaches. And its not the venue, Mr. King. Try Vandy-Ms.St. in Memphis.

dtdawg09

September 24th, 2009
7:43 am

Yay! I’m glad the game is staying in J’ville. It’s a great tradition and a great road trip every year. Please don’t ever suggest that it should be played in that awful Ga Dome. I hate domed stadiums! Can someone please tell me why a sunbelt city needs a domed stadium? When they firt proposed building that monstrosity, I said, “NOOOOOOOOOOO”!!!!!!! Please never ever put the Dawgs in that God awful place, (unless it’s for the SEC Championship game,then I’m cool with it).

UGA 75

September 24th, 2009
10:32 am

Enter your comments here Was there a deal already in place?
I don’t remember hearing or reading about what advantage (financially)
this would give Georgia Football.
There is something smelley in the barn if we think there is no deal on the table.
I’ve been to Jacksonville over thirty years and there is nothing special about the place.
We should alternate between the GA Dome and Jacksonville.
That’s a good economic plan. Shipping all of our dollars to Florida for that week end does not.

AltamahaDawg

September 24th, 2009
1:11 pm

mark, you were talking about the University, not the city of Athens, but since you did ask: I dont want to get all invoved in the whole room count/ proximity to drive home situation. But folks are not going to start filling up Athens hotels on Tuesday of that week. You are comparing apples to oranges. Whatever the City of Athens would gain is offset by losses in other Georgia towns.

I do not know everything about this, but this stuff is just simple facts, not hard to find, and should be anyway, easy to comprehend.

I pretty damn sure that somewhere in that meeting was a folder with some numbers in it.

DJ

September 24th, 2009
2:07 pm

Absolutely the right decision! An annual trek to Jacksonville is a mid-season bowl game and one of the classics in college football. The crowd is always 50-50, the atmosphere cannot be matched in Athens or Gainesville. Let’s just back to the Dooley era of kicking butt!!

LitiGator

September 24th, 2009
4:23 pm

can an intelligent Georgia Bulldog fan please provide me even just one advantage that the UF football team has over the Georgia football team by the game being played in Jax. i keep hearing this but it is never backed up with anything that can be substantiated.

Bigdawg78

September 24th, 2009
6:02 pm

I am sure that the Chamber of Commerce and all the Hotel and Restaurant owners in Athens, Ga. really appreciate the Ga.-Fl. game being held in Jacksonville for another six years. With the State of Georgia needing all the tax revenue it can get these days, this was not the smartest move for economic reasons alone. The State of Florida definitely benefits more from the tax revenue collections by keeping this game in Jacksonville, Fl. A lot more fans stay at Amelia Island, Fernidina Beach, and the metro area of Jacksonville than they do at Jekyl Island or St. Simons. And … it has not helped us much at all in the last 20 years with recruiting in that area of Florida. Sorry, but the game should go home and home. The University of Georgia and the University of Florida have nice stadiums that hold more fans than the Jaguar stadium in Jacksonville.

Minnetta Spillers

September 25th, 2009
8:43 am

i agree with him.. they need to alternate

Beverly

September 26th, 2009
8:49 pm

IT DOESNT MATTER TO ME WHERE THEY PLACE AS LONG AS WE BEAT THE GATORS..MY HOUSE IS DIVIDED HUBBY LOVES GATORS–I LOVE BULLDAWGS….GO DAWGS………….YOU HAVE THE BEST SEATS AT HOME IN THE LIVING ROOM. BY THE WAY I WOULD AT LEAST SEE FL.COME HERE EVERY NOW AND THEN..IF THEY WANT TO PAY BIG BUCKS FOR US TO COME TO THEM SO BE IT

C. Sweatman

September 29th, 2009
11:06 am

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Money wins again!!! Why not play a round robin schedule. Jax., Athens, Gainesville, Ga. Dome and then start with Jax. again. Ga. will never have the success on the national scene as long as they play in Jax. every year. Fla. wins again!