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Georgia-Florida/Florida-Georgia Game By The Numbers

Florida-Georgia. Georgia-Florida. World’s Largest Cocktail Party. Whatever you want to call it, it’s big. The crowds are big, the game is big and the economic impact is big. Here’s a look at the 2009 game by the numbers:

$1 for stadium (down from $100,000 several years ago, it was part of the City of Jacksonville’s new package to keep the game from moving to Atlanta)

20,000 people who travel to Jacksonville for the game – without tickets

24,600 hotel rooms used

$50,000 reimbursed to each school for meals and hotel expenses

$70,000 in parking revenue for the City of Jacksonville

100,000 people who travel to Jacksonville to the game

$200,000 in concessions revenue for the City of Jacksonville

$250,000 for gameday staffing, paid for by the City of Jacksonville (which is $50,000 more than the cost for a Jaguars game)

$300,000 in temporary bleachers paid for by the City of Jacksonville

$1,670,000 in ticket sales to each school

$13,400,000 in direct spending

$23,900,000 in total economic impact

About Kristi Dosh

Kristi A. Dosh is the founder of BusinessofCollegeSports.com and has served as a sports business analyst and contributor for outlets such as Forbes, ESPN, SportsBusiness Journal, Bleacher Report, SB Nation and more. She is also the author of a book on the business of college football, Saturday Millionaires. Kristi is a sought-after consultant and speaker on topics related to the business of college sports and a former practicing attorney. Click to learn more
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