Florida-Georgia update: No tailgating, alcohol sales finally permitted at game

City releases more details about game, including no cash accepted, what time gates open

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Fans without tickets are strongly encouraged to stay clear of the Downtown Sports Complex area on Georgia-Florida game day, one of several updates that the city announced Friday.

The other big one: Fans will now have the ability to purchase beer and wine during the game. Last year, beer and wine were sold only in the clubs and suites. This year, it will be available at concession stands throughout TIAA Bank Field.

The game between the SEC East rivals is Nov. 7 at 3:30 p.m.

The city again emphasized that because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, tailgating in stadium parking lots — a long-standing tradition for the game — will not be allowed. The city has also canceled RV City, Bold City Bash and other traditional events.

Only game ticket holders will be allowed in the stadium lots this year, so anyone without a ticket is asked not to try to come party with friends.

Business owners with private property near the complex told News4Jax last week that festivities will continue for them.

“Tailgating for the big game will definitely be happening here, maybe a little differently here, but still happening and friends will have a great time,” said Alan Verlander, CEO of Airstream Ventures.

His company operates the River City Railway on Adams Street. It’s a group of train cars converted into luxury tailgate suites, and they’re all sold out.

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