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BREAKING: Jacksonville Stadium Might Not Be Available for UGA Football & Gators in 2025/26

May 10, 2023
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ATHENS - The Georgia Bulldogs’ yearly fight with their archival, the Florida Gators, may be headed away from Jacksonville. 

That’s according to Jacksonville mayor Lenny Curry, who told radio station 1010XL that the “best-case” scenario for the City to renovate TIAA Bank Field would be two years. The Jaguars, which use the stadium as their home field when they are not playing in London, will have to find a new location to play in 2025 and 2026. 



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“(The Jags) will have to play somewhere else,” the mayor said. "The goal would be to play somewhere in Jacksonville. Those discussions are happening, but two years is the goal. I do know that they are considering certain sites that are local that could accommodate them for at least two years.”

According to the Florida Times-Union, no official has stated before today that the Jags will have to play elsewhere. 

"It's going to be a major renovation but when it's done, you'll think you're in a brand-new stadium," he continued.

The Jags’ lease with the City expires after the 2029 season. Georgia and the Gators have an agreement with the City to play games through 2023, but there is a two-year option to extend the contract through the 2025 season. 

Before the 2022 game, the Gators and Dawgs released a joint statement on the future of the game in Jacksonville. 

The annual game between our two universities is an important tradition. At this time, both programs are focused on our current seasons,” the statement read. "Typically both schools begin conversations regarding future games in the series as the last contracted game nears. We anticipate following that timeline. When those discussions take place, we will consider a multitude of factors including tradition, finances, future SEC scheduling models with the addition of Texas and Oklahoma, and what is best for both schools’ football programs overall.”



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