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JSO Discusses Traffic Management, Parking Options, for Georgia-Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Saturday will bring a mass of people to EverBank Field, in cars and on foot, and the sheriff's office said the best way to make sure you don't miss anything is to get there early.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, all of the marked lots around the stadium are sold out for the Georgia-Florida game, which starts at 3:30 p.m.

There are still some options for parking within easy walking distance, but not nearly as many as there are people looking for parking spaces.

There are two garages on A. Philip Randolph that will open for business Saturday morning, but JSO Sgt. Leonard Propper said they will most likely be full by five hours before kickoff.

Two other options involve either a longer walk or a trolley ride on game day.

There are several thousand free parking spaces at the Prime Osborn Convention Center and at Florida State College of Jacksonville's downtown campus.

While the parking is free, the shuttle to and from the stadium will cost $7 round trip.

The shuttles begin running from both locations four hours before the 3:30 p.m. kickoff and run for one hour after the game ends.

Closer to the stadium, three lanes of Bay Street will lead traffic toward the stadium, and one will take traffic away prior to the game. After the game, all lanes lead out.

At 1:30, two hours before kickoff, the sheriff's office will focus on pedestrians ahead of vehicles, so Propper said it would be best to be parked and out of traffic by then.

JTA will also offer shuttle service from other locations outside of downtown, and the water taxi will take pedestrians across the river and let them off near Metro Park.

JSO will be offering Twitter updates as the day progresses at Twitter.com/JSOPIO.


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