After the Game
According to University of Florida senior Jennifer Salah, partying in Jacksonville after the game is just as important as the game itself.
"As long as you're careful," she said. "I love Florida/Georgia. I'm from Jacksonville. I have a lot of experience. I've been every year."
Every year, including 2004 when a U.F. sophomore fell from a parking garage, 2005 when another U.F. was beaten to death and last year, when a city worker fell from a flight of stairs.
Despite three deaths over the past three years, fans disagreed as to who was takes the biggest risk on game day: the players on the field or the fans heading to The Landing after the game.
"There are going to be fights, and it's crazy," Gator fan Madyson Holden warned. "People get killed during the Florida/Georgia weekend. It's not worth it."
But former Gator football player Cam Brewers said that is not the case.
"There's no comparison to being out on the field just the speed and the violence of it."
Fans who visited The Landing Friday night agreed with Brewer. They said the extra security law enforcement is providing this weekend is making a big difference.
"We felt so safe. Cops were everywhere," Nick Mousa recalled. "It was just all about having a good time."
More that 150 sheriff's deputies and police officers are scheduled to patrol the landing Saturday night, in addition to the 230, who were in and around the stadium earlier.
Salah said she thinks things will go smoothly after the game, even when Gators and Bulldogs try to share common ground.
"It's all a friendly rivalry."
By Ted Latiak, WCJB TV20 News.
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