Thousands of people have converged on Downtown Jacksonville. Many are wearing their best orange and blue, while others prefer to show off red and black. It is Halloween weekend, which means another meeting of the Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field.
The event formerly known as the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party is great for bringing locals and out-of-town visitors into Downtown. Tonight, the City of Jacksonville’s Office of Special Events has a Gridiron Get Down at EverBank Field’s Pepsi Plaza. Concerts featuring Jacksonville’s own Fusebox Funk, Uncle Kracker, Jake Owen and Drummer vs. DJ are free. (You could hear the music across the river without trouble.)
Tomorrow will be event-filled, well before kickoff at 3:30. Festivities continue outside the stadium, plus there’s RV City. I’ve never been to RV City so I’m looking forward to my first visit. Tailgating can be found all over Talleyrand and East Jacksonville, though.
And if you didn’t know, the Skyway will be running until 3 am Friday and Saturday nights. I may well take a midnight train going anywhere and pretend Jacksonville has real and well-planned mass transit. Remember, it’s 50 cents per ride. Too bad the route doesn’t extend to the Sports Complex.
If you’re young and daring, you might visit the Landing after the game. Just be smart and don’t drink too much. Some unfortunate events have happened in the past out there. At the end of the day, it’s football and a party. Let’s keep it classy, Jacksonville.
The saddest thing about Florida-Georgia weekend? That EverBank Field will be at capacity (88,000 seats) and thousands more people will be Downtown — and not for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
An important question has been nagging at me tonight: What do I wear tomorrow? To put it politely, I despise the Gators and I’m not a Bulldogs fan. Perhaps I’ll wear teal to support my team, the Jaguars. To remind folks of who the real home team is.