JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It's one of the biggest rivalries in college football and people are already traveling to Jacksonville for Saturday's Florida-Georgia matchup.
Fans will arrive to find some big changes downtown, including a fenced-off Jacksonville Landing.
Levon Kitchens is from Macon, Georgia, and he hasn’t missed a game in 10 years.
Driving their RV into downtown Jacksonville a day before RV City opens is a family tradition.
"We get here early, so it’s not like you come Saturday for the game and you leave Saturday. You meet the people that you tailgate next to. I mean, we spend a week with these people," Kitchens said.
The opening of RV City is the official start to the Bold City Bash.
Most of the events will take place on Friday at the sports and entertainment district, but Visit Jacksonville says if you're looking for something to do besides the Florida-Georgia game, there's plenty out there.
The Jacksonville Landing is being demolished, but Visit Jacksonville has posted a list online of more than 65 restaurants visitors can try downtown.
"The city allows us to ride around downtown where the landing used to be. I guess now a lot of the restaurants are on the block or on the city street, so we’re going to go there and get something to eat and stuff like that," Kitchens said.
Fans may also want to check out the Riverside Arts Market for some live music or venture out to the beaches.
There’s also a Jacksonville Icemen game on Wednesday, and on Friday, fans can watch the Gators take on the Dawgs in a baseball exhibition game.
There's also the Brett Young concert and Fan Fare at Daily's Place.
"Indoor space, climate-controlled, so a great space for to bring kids and then family. And then on Friday at 4 o'clock, we’re closing down A. Philip Randolph Blvd. and we’re closing down Adams Street and throwing two block parties," Michael Kenny, assistant general manager for ASM Global said.
Food trucks and fireworks will lead up to the big game on Saturday for a rivalry that’s lasted generations in Jacksonville.
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