Florida-Utah: what you need to know
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Football is back! And the Gators are ready to launch a new era under the head coach Billy Napier Saturday night as they take on Pac-12 champions Utah at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.
Welcome to the swamp!
- alligator walk starts 2 hours and 20 minutes before kick-off.
- Enjoy night game fireworks as well as an improved team entry with towers of flames, lights and smoke on the ground.
- Check interactive 360 video booth outside Gate 1 before the game.
- Reconfigured video card displays provide a fan-friendly layout.
- Gators Always, Swamp Open and Thunderstruck videos will have a new look this season.
- Blue pom poms will dress the student section, courtesy of the UF Student Government.
- Help us honor frontline employees during Essential Worker Appreciation Nightpresented by UF Health.
- Gator Great Reidel Anthony is Utah “Mr. Two Bits”
- Hover: F15E Strike Eagles of the 391st Fighter Squadron at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho.
Know before you go
- Open doors at 5:30 p.m.
- Fans are encouraged to follow Waze app for directions and road closures.
- Don’t wait for the door: For faster and more efficient door access, fans should be ready by adding their Mobile tickets to their digital wallet. This will greatly reduce problems entering the stadium.
- Fans are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the Gator Walk Village, Gators Fan Fest and more.
- To start up is at 7 p.m.
Gates open 90 minutes before kick-off
The gates to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium will open at 5:30 p.m. This weekend. For faster and more efficient door access, fans should be ready by adding their Mobile tickets to their digital wallet. This will greatly reduce problems entering the stadium.
Join the pre-game fun
Tailgating, Gator Walk Village and Gators Fan Fest set the tone for the action in The Swamp.
Check out the Interactive 360 Video Booth outside Gate 1 before heading to the North Lawn to welcome the team to Gator Walk, which is scheduled to start approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes before kick-off.
Once in the stadium, fans can take advantage of #GatorsWIFI connectivity, watch another game on the video scoreboards, and ensure they are in place for all pre-game activities, including Mr. Two Bits, the mascot entrance, the Gators Marching Band and the team entrance. The Gators Always, Swamp Open and Thunderstruck videos have a new look this season.
Kicking off at 7 p.m., fans will be able to enjoy fireworks from the night game as well as an enhanced team entrance with flame towers, lights and smoke on the pitch. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium also now features reconfigured video map screens, providing a fan-friendly layout with additional stats, out-of-town scores and matchday information.
Food and Concessions
The Moschellas food court, located on the west side of the stadium, offers a variety of dining options including classic Italian sandwiches, Moschellas specials, Chicken Spady and Caprese Sub. Additionally, fans can enjoy jumbo cookies, hot corn, caramel corn, and candies, as well as a variety of beers.
The concession areas are also conveniently located at the north end of the stadium, near the two propellers. Fans can enjoy Dippin’ Dots, BBQ, Sausage and Peppers, Burgers, Grilled Chicken, Hot Dogs, Cheesesteak and Loaded Nachos. Beverages include, 24 oz Bud Light, Lite and the new Pineapple High Noon, as well as non-alcoholic beverages.
Fans will also be able to enjoy Tijuana Flats again this season, serving tacos, loaded nachos and fries with guacamole and salsa.
West University Avenue, adjacent to Gator Walk Village, will feature these food trucks on Saturday:
- Wing King Miami
- Popadop’s kitchen
- Cilantro Tacos
- Monsta Lobsta
- Big Lee’s BBQ
- pop shot
Trucks will open at 4 p.m.
Fans can head to the Gator Sportshop to gear up with the latest Gators swag.
More information on the pre-match festivities
To improve security, reduce the risk of ticket fraud, and improve fan convenience, all Florida Gators sporting event tickets are accessible via mobile device.
- Download the Florida Gators app (App store | Google Pay).
- Don’t wait for the door: For faster and more efficient access to the gate, log in to your ticket account and add your tickets to your Apple Wallet or Google Pay account. This will greatly reduce problems entering the stadium. (Learn)
- Ticket screenshots will not be accepted.
- Tickets for a match are sold out, but tickets for the match are always available as part of subscription packages here.
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For ticketing assistance on the day of the match, fans should go to the ticket office located at Gate 1 of the O’Connell Center which opens 3 hours before kick-off.
Game day parking
The UAA customized the Waze traffic app for Game Day to help fans avoid restricted streets on campus and find the best route to their desired parking location. Select a batch from your mobile device or desktop computer, and Waze app will provide the best route available for
the destination entry.
- Eligible accounts will receive physical passes in the mail. For more information, contact (352) 375-4683 ext. 5000
- The fan should be aware of road closures around campus for game day festivities, security and construction. (Learn more)
A limited number of unreserved lots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. These lots fill up quickly. Parking on grass and sidewalks is NOT permitted and any vehicle that does so risks being towed.
More information on parking
As public car parks are very limited around the stadium, supporters will be able to take advantage of the shuttles provided. Game tickets can be purchased using the PASSPORT Transit app (App store | Google Pay) in advance or on the day of the game by credit card. Tickets can also be purchased at the Park & Ride lots on match day cash only.
More information on the shuttle
Access to campus
The following restrictions come into effect three hours before kick-off.
- There will be no game day traffic allowed on campus via Newell Drive and Archer Road (East of UF Health Shand Hospital)
- Museum Road from Hull Road, in addition to Radio Road from Southwest 34th Street, on Museum route will be closed and become a shuttle lane three hours before kickoff.
- If you try to access Promenade Gale Lemerand in the north of Museum routeyou will need a parking pass from four hours before the game.
Fans should also know that Fletcher Walk is no longer a two-way street. Turning south from University Avenue is prohibited.
Stay cool and hydrated
The swamp environment can provide a unique advantage over the terrain. But in the stands, it’s important for fans to stay cool and hydrated.
Fans can bring an empty commercially produced (ex. Aquafina) plastic water bottle (max 20oz) and refill at the several gas stations inside the stadium.
More information on hydration and cooling
On the inside Stadium: Please refer to Stadium plan.
Outside the stadium: Before entering the stadium, fans can use the restrooms located on campus, watching 8am
- Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex
- James G. Pressly Stadium
- Flavet Field Toilet Building
- Reitz Syndicate
- UF School of Law – From noon
- Stephen C. O’Connell Center – From 14h
Mobile toilet units will also be available across campus, starting at 9 am the day of the game.
- Parking 109
- Parking 114
- UF West Library
- UF Music Building
- Ben Hill Griffin Stadium North Lawn at Gator Walk Village
- RV City at Condron Family Ballpark — Open for RV City users from Friday after 4 p.m.
For a map of restrooms around campus, click here.
Family toilets are intended for supporters with young children and disabled guests, and are located on the west side of the stadium inside the Gate 2 corridor between sections 6 and 8, and behind section 15. Before kick-off and before entering the stadium, fans may use the restrooms inside the main atrium of Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
Changing tables are located in various restrooms in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
- North End area: gate 8 (women) and gate 7 (men)
- South End Zone: Gate 18 (Men)
- East side: section 36 (women) and section 40 (men)
- West side: gate 2 (men and women)
Experience and traditions in play
The swamp is home to one of the most unique environments in college football. Once in their seats, fans will be able to experience and participate in the traditions that make Gator Nation one of college football’s most exciting fanbases:
UF marching band
At Florida games, it’s important to arrive early and stay in your seat at halftime so you don’t miss the University of Florida Fightin’ Gators marching band.
Honorary Two Bits
Join one of Swamp’s most iconic moments before kick-off with the celebrity cheer “Mr. Two Bits.”
I won’t back down
Florida Gators fans pay tribute to Gainesville, Fla., native Tom Petty between the third and fourth quarters by singing “I Won’t Back Down,” one of the late artist’s biggest hits. The song was first performed on Saturday, October 7, 2017 against the LSU Tigers in which 90,000 fans sang along.
More information on the traditions
Essential Worker Appreciation Night
Frontline employees, who have worked tirelessly every day to keep us safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, will be honored. For every ticket purchased, the UAA will donate one ticket to local people in essential worker positions.
Find out more about this year’s football themed days