For the past several years InProduction has expanded the number of people who can attend the Georgia Florida game by adding 12,000 temporary seats in the north and south end zones of the stadium. This game goes way back—over one hundred years! Ever since 1915, the University of Georgia Bulldogs have battled the University of Florida Gators every year on neutral territory in Jacksonville, Florida, and this year 80,000 people will be there to watch.
Here are some fun facts about the rivalry.
• There have been two ties, in 1969 and 1930.
• Florida has won 42 times; Georgia has won 50. (But who’s counting?)
• It’s also called the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, a name given to it in the 1950s.
For Bulldog fans, perhaps the most memorable game was in 1980. The Bulldogs trailed the Gators 21–20 late in the game, and had the ball on their own seven-yard line when Bulldog Lindsay Scott caught a pass from Buck Belue at the 25 yard line and then raced down the field for a 93-yard, game-winning touchdown that inspired the most famous call in Georgia announcer Larry Munson’s career, “Run, Lindsay, Run!”
For Gator fans, perhaps the greatest contest was highlighted by a timeout. In 1993, the Gators led 33–26 in a steady rain that had turned the field into mud. Georgia QB Eric Zeier threw the apparent game-tying touchdown pass with five seconds left. But just before the snap, Gators DB Anthone Lott called for a timeout, nullifying the play. The Gators stopped Georgia on the game’s final play and went on to win the SEC for Coach Steve Spurrier.
Kickoff time is 3:30, and yes, it’s on television; check your local listings.