On fall Saturdays in Gainesville, a true Florida fan only thinks about football. Fans flock from all over the state, and sometimes the nation, to catch the Gators play at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Many fans travel by RV and arrive days in advance to get a good parking spot and start the tailgating. The local fans will even arrive to their ususal tailgating spot early Saturday morning, hours before the game starts.
Football has been a longtime tradition of UF, ever since the early 1900s. The Swamp, as it is commonly called, has grown to hold over 88,000 fans.“The swamp is where Gators live. We feel comfortable there, but we hope our opponents feel tentative. A swamp is hot and sticky and can be dangerous,” said Steve Spurrier, former UF football player and coach.
Gameday cheers and UF traditional songs are all shouted and sung by the crowd and gameday. Listen to the cheers and songs and particpate using the provided lyrics: Alma Mater, Orange & Blue Fight Song, We Are the Boys From Old Florida, and Mr. 2Bits.
View the picture series of the stadium, the cheerleaders and Albert the Alligator to see how time has impacted the spirit of the Gators.