Traveling just eight miles down the road, Ken Mangione’s $82,000 2015 Spartan made its maiden voyage, pulling into RV City in Jacksonville, Fla., Wednesday (Oct. 29) morning, more than three days before the Saturday afternoon kickoff of the Florida/Georgia game.
The Jacksonville Business Journal reported that the 36-foot motor vehicle is more than just a luxury home away from home: it’s party central for Mangione and his wife — a huge Bulldogs fan — and their boxer, Sophie, for the next four days.
It’s the ninth year the Jacksonville couple has set up camp in parking lot E, adjacent to EverBank Stadium, where the fierce interstate rivalry plays out every year.
They’re in good company: The multi-day tailgating festival draws hundreds of thousands from across the Southeast each October — many of them putting down anchors in what’s become known as “RV City,” the fenced-off lot set aside specifically for the big Florida/Georgia game. The lot accomodates approximately 150 recreational vehicles, depending on their size. Campers pay anywhere from $450 to more than $700 to park and hook up to utilities in the lot, sponsored by Winn-Dixie, from Wednesday through Sunday.
They come for the camaraderie. They come for the food. They come for the drinks.
“It’s 12 o’clock somewhere,” said 46-year-old James Stewart of Nashville, chugging back the koozie-held Bud Light in his hand.
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