Other factors cited by Evans: The economic impact the game has on southeastern Georgia, where many Bulldogs fans stay for the weekend, and the chance to boost Georgia’s recruiting efforts in the state of Florida, one of the country’s most fertile recruiting areas.
I know TGT agrees with most other bloggers, fans and administrators (practically everyone except the Atlanta Sports Council and Coach Richt) that leaving “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” in Jacksonville is the right decision.
All of the reasons leaving the game in JAX are very valid. The tradition, being closer to south Georgia, keeping a recruiting presence, not wanting those nasty jean short wearers coming to Athens, etc… are all valid reasons to keeping the game where it is.
One reason, though, that Damon Evans points out that I think is THE most important reason to leave the game in Jax is the impact to the economy of Southeast Georgia; namely St. Simons Island.
Many of the condos, rental houses and restaurants on the island are dependent on Georgia-Florida week. I was eating at a restaurant on the north end of the island last year, and I heard someone say that 50% of their revenues for the year come from Georgia-Florida Week.
St. Simons is truly a beautiful place, and we don’t want the corporate greed from the Atlanta area coming in and taking away a major source of business for that area. More over, it and its neighboring Islands like Jekyll and Cumberland are quaint and have charm. I would hate to see these turn into something like Tybee. As a Dawg fan, and a fan of the Golden Isles, I am glad that the Bulldog Nation will be going to JAX on the last week of October for the foreseeable future.