Security heightened for Georgia-Florida game


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – There were plenty of parties going in RV City Saturday. Dawgs and Gators’ fans alike know how to have a good time, but security personnel were definitely out in full force.

Security personnel were monitoring the lots, making sure when the game is all over, people can get home safely.

When the tents go up, the food comes out, and that's just the beginning of this Gators-Dawgs showdown.
Some fans have been attending for decades.

“For 40 years,” Georgia fan Ken Smith said. Since 1976”

This year, much like others, saw a lot of foot traffic. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office had crossing guards monitoring major crosswalks.

“Foot traffic has been quite hectic since the old stadium when we only had 70,000 people,” Smith said.

Since the new stadium was built, there have been more people attending the game -- and more people means more officers monitoring the parties.

“We've seen security walking with K-9 dogs throughout the parking lot since we've been here this morning,” Georgia fan Caroline Clark said. “Security just walking throughout the stadium.”

As for the biggest part of the night – the game -- Gators and Dawgs fans alike are ready for their team to take the field.

“We have good seats on the Florida side,” Florida fan Leslie Samel said. “This is my brother’s first Florida-Georgia (game). He's a Gators (fan), but he's sitting on the Georgia side, so I told him to be prepared.”

“We've got great tickets for the game and I'm hoping the Dawgs do it, and we bring home a win,” Clark said.

Fans were seen being carried away in handcuffs for underage drinking, which was just one of the highlighted security crackdowns JSO said its officers were going to conduct.

"That happens during (the) Florida-Georgia game," News4Jax crime analyst Gil Smith said. "There are usually a few arrests that do occur. Quite often it's alcohol related. People are fighting with each other and those things happen."