Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs fans can rest easy now as they don’t have to worry about the biggest game of the season being played anywhere else for now. The annual game between the two teams will stay in Jacksonville for the next few years to come.
There was talk that Shahid Khan’s Everbank Stadium would be losing the game following the 2016 season, however it was reported that a deal had been reached late Tuesday night. Jacksonville sports columnist Eugene Frenette broke the news via Twitter Wednesday morning.
Florida-Georgia contract extension for 5 yrs is done, will be announced at City Hall Wednesday morning. Game here thru 2021.
— Eugene Frenette (@GeneFrenette) March 16, 2016
The game has only been played outside of Jacksonville twice since 1933 after the teams had to play at their respective home stadiums in 1994 and 1995. If you look at the history of the game, it has been played in Jacksonville 83 times out of the 94 meetings, or 93 depending on who you ask.
Jacksonville has been a mainstay in one of the best and most storied rivalries in all of college football. We can only hope that it sticks around for just a little while longer.
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