Orange and Blue Debut 2013 Fan Guide Information
Accessible seating is available on the South endzone concourse behind Sections B and G and in the North endzone behind Sections 20-26.
A Suntrust ATM is available at Gate 8 and 18. Additional ATMs are available at Gates 7, 13, and 15.
Baby Changing Stations
Baby changing stations are located in the Stadium in the following locations:
- North Endzone: Women’s Restroom at Gate 8 and Men’s Restroom at Gate 7
- South Endzone: Men’s Restroom at Gate 18
- East Side: Women’s Restroom near Section 36 and Men’s Restroom near Section 40
- West Side: Gate 2 Men’s and Women’s Restrooms
All bags are subject to inspection upon entry into the stadium. Please note that large carry bags and backpacks are not permitted.
Banners & Signs
All signs and banners must be handheld and cannot obstruct another guest’s view and be tasteful. Game day staff reserves the right to remove signs in violation of the Code of Conduct.
Still motion cameras are allowed in the stadium as long as its use does not interfere with another guest’s view. Cameras with a detachable lens larger than 6 inches will not be permitted. Video cameras are prohibited.
Comments & Suggestions
Guests with a comment, suggestion or complaint are encouraged to visit a Guest Service Booth, email UFirst or text “Gators” with the information to 69050.
Concession stands will be open on each concourse for Saturday’s Orange and Blue Debut.
Centerplate is Ben Hill Griffin Stadium’s premiere hospitality provider. For specific food items and stands accepting credit cards, please see the Concession menu at the back of this guide.
Centerplate sponsors over 60 Nonprofit Organizations to fundraise at Gator Football and various athletic events throughout the year. For fund-raising opportunities, please call 352-375-4683 ext. 6500.
- VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover are accepted at all of the Gator Locker Room locations as well as the following concession stands at these sections: West side 1-20; East side 35,36, and 43; South side A-H; North side 20, 25, and 26.
Directions to the Stadium
From Orlando: Take (SR-528/Bee Line) West to Florida turnpike. Turnpike turns into I-75 North. Take I-75 North to Exit 387 (Newberry Rd./RTE 26). Turn right at light (Newberry Rd./RTE 26) go East 7 miles. Continue East until Gale Lemerand Drive turn right. Stadium is on your left.
From Jacksonville: Take I-10 West to US-301 South toward [Baldwin/Starke]. Take US-301 South to Waldo. Veer right on FL-24 West becoming Waldo Road. Turn right onto RTE 26/University Ave. Turn left at light Gale Lemerand Drive. Stadium is on your left.
From Atlanta: Take I-75/I-85 South to Exit 387 Newberry Rd./RTE 26. Turn right at light Newberry Rd./RTE 26 go East 7 miles. Continue East until Gale Lemerand Drive turn right. Stadium is on your left.
From Tallahassee: Take I-10 East (approx. 93 miles), to I-75 South. Take I-75 South (approx. 51 miles) to Exit 387 Newberry Rd./ RTE 26. Turn right at light Newberry Rd./RTE 26, go East 7 miles. Continue East until Gale Lemerand Drive, turn right. Stadium is on your left.
From Miami: Take Florida Turnpike North it turns into I-75 North. Take I-75 North to Exit 387 Newberry Rd./RTE 26. Turn right (East) onto Newberry Rd./RTE 26. Continue East until Gale Lemerand Drive, turn right. Stadium is on your left.
From Tampa: Take I-75 North. Take I-75 North to Exit 387 Newberry Rd./RTE 26. Turn right at light Newberry Rd./ RTE 26 go East 7 miles. Continue East until Gale Lemerand Drive, turn right. Stadium is on your left.
There are disabled parking spaces in the main Stephen C. O’Connell Center’s flat parking lot, available on a first-come, first-served basis, until full. There will be a free disabled parking shuttle running from the large commuter parking lot on Gale Lemerand Dr. starting at 9 AM and drop off at the corner of Gale Lemerand Dr. and Stadium Rd.
In case of lightning, inclement weather or other emergency, please pay attention to the PA Announcer and surrounding security personnel to assist you with safely exiting the stadium. In addition, the GatorVision boards will provide supplemental information regarding any emergency.
Fan Code of Conduct
Gator fans are widely known for their enthusiasm, team support, hospitality and sportsmanship. Our image is shaped not only by our student-athletes, coaches, students and faculty, but by our fans as well. Our goal is to create a first-class environment to lend support to our team while maintaining a safe and fun atmosphere for visiting fans as well.
Prohibited Behavior: Rowdy, threatening, or inconsiderate behavior such as standing in the aisles, portals or concourses, profane and abusive language, use of tobacco, fighting, and drunkenness will not be tolerated and can result in ejection, arrest, and/or loss of season ticket privileges. Throwing of any objects in the stands, including paper and plastic cups, also is prohibited. Should you observe any of this disruptive behavior, please notify your nearest law enforcement officer. Standing on seats/bleachers is strictly prohibited.
NCAA policy prevents fans from entering the field of play unless they are properly credentialed or accompanied by an authorized staff member. Violators are subject to arrest.
Enforcement: Individuals found violating any policies can be removed from the stadium. Non-students, while not affected by the Student Conduct Code, are subject to arrest and prosecution under applicable laws and state statutes. Offenders’ names will be forwarded to the UAA by the law enforcement representative reporting the citation. The offender may be contacted by the UAA and issued a warning that a future violation could result in loss of ticket privileges. Season ticket holders are responsible for the behavior of anyone using their tickets and will be subject to this policy if the person using their ticket violates the Code of Conduct.
Students involved in such activities or other disruptive behavior will also be subject to disciplinary action through the Dean of Students Office and University of Florida's Code of Student Conduct. Students enjoy the rights and privileges that they gain as a member of the university community and are subject to the responsibilities which accompany that membership.
The University Athletic Association reserves the right to remove the ticket holder from the premises if in the sole opinion of the security personnel his or her conduct endangers or disrupts the players, coaches, officials or fans. Gator Athletics thanks you for your support.
Should you or another guest need immediate assistance, please notify the nearest Law Enforcement officer or Game Day Staff member. Or text “Gators” along with your issue to 69050.
Verizon Gator IMG FanFest
Visit Verizon Gator IMG FanFest will be held in the North endzone lawn from 10 AM-1 PM.
Family restrooms are for those fans with small children and guests with disabilities. They are located inside Gate 2, upper West concourse, and in between Gates 1 and 2 on the outer West concourse. Prior to and before entering the football stadium, fans may also utilize the family restroom at the O’Connell Center located between the O’Connell Center’s Gates 1 & 2.
First Aid Stations:
There are five (5) locations available at the Orange and Blue Debut for medical treatment:
- West Stands: lower concourse outside Gate 3
- North Stands: lower concourse behind Section 25
- East Stands: lower concourse between Gates 13 and 14
- Skyboxes: South end of the Evans Champions Club (5th Floor)
- Touchdown Terrace: Located in the elevator lobby
Game Day Staff
Every staff member and vendor in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is focused on helping to make your game day experience a positive one. All of the groups listed below partner up for every home game to make Saturday’s in the Swamp enjoyable.
- CSC (Contemporary Services Company): CSC manages the ticket takers and security personnel. Frontline guards wear yellow polos and their supervisors wear light blue. For information on joining the CSC team and fundraising opportunities, please call 407-316-8000.
- UPD-University of Florida Police Department: Campus police monitor areas in and outside the stadium. UPD officers wear navy blue uniforms.
- GPD- Gainesville Police Department: GPD officers patrol the streets directly around the stadium and work in the West side of the Stadium. GPD officers wear black uniforms.
- ACS- Alachua County Sheriff: ACS Officers work in the North Endzone and all ACS officers wear dark green uniforms.
- FHP -Florida Highway Patrol-FHP Troopers work on the East side of the Stadium and patrol the highways pre- and post- game. FHP Troopers wear dark khaki colored uniforms.
- ACFR -Alachua County Fire Rescue- All of the aid stations are staffed by ACFR Paramedics and EMT’s. Aid station EMTs wear navy blue pants and a white polo.
- SAFE Management provides luxury seating personnel during football games. If you need assistance during the game, please locate the nearest usher or customer service desk located on each skybox level; all SAFE employees wear red polos. For more information about joining the S.A.F.E team, please call 904-633-6183.
- Gator Guest Services- The guest services team is available at all games to answer fan questions, assist with game day issues, and make all fans feel comfortable during athletic events. This group can be spotted by their bright green polos.
- Centerplate Concessions- Centerplate is Ben Hill Griffin Stadium’s premiere concessionaire. Centerplate provides fresh, tasty, and flavorful selections throughout the stadium. Staff members and volunteers wear blue concessions shirts. In-seat beverage sellers wear yellow shirts.
- Stewart’s Catering - Stewart’s sees to all of the catering needs of the Skybox and Touchdown Terrace areas. Staff members wear navy blue shirts.
- Elite Enterprises- Elite Enterprises provide all the janitorial services. Staff members wear dark blue polo shirts and restroom staff wear white t-shirts.
The following gates will be open starting at 11:30 AM for fans to enter for the Orange and Blue Debut: 1,2,3,4,7,12,15, and 18. Luxury seating areas (Skyboxes and Touchdown Terrace) will be open for those with tickets to these areas.
Gator Locker Room, the Official Shop of the Florida Gators:
- NEZ Gator Locker Room (Great Gator Yard Sale) opens @ 9:00 AM
- SEZ Gator Locker Room opens at @ 11:30 AM
Come support the team at Gator Walk at 10:30 AM for the Orange and Blue Debut. Fans can visit the north end of the stadium, closest to University Ave., to cheer on the team as they make their way down to the locker room!
Our guest service staff members are easy to spot in bright green shirts and ready to assist all fans with information, directions, lost and found items, lost children, emergency paging and other services. The Guest Services desk is located at the UAA Switchboard between Gates 1 and 2 on the outer concourse on the west side of the stadium. Guest Services kiosks, which are also a bright green color, are located at gates 2 and 7 for the Orange and Blue Debut.
Lost and Found
Lost and found articles can be reported or turned in to any Gator Guest Services representative at the above Guest Services locations. On game day, all items may be retrieved at the UAA Switchboard (between Gates 1 & 2). After the game, all items are held at the ticket office. Please call 352-375-4683 ext. 6800.
Please refer to “Gator Locker Room, The Official Shop of the Florida Gators
Open Container Law
It is prohibited to consume or possess any alcoholic beverage in an open container on any public street, sidewalk, public parking facility or private property when the owner has not given consent to consume alcohol or have an open container on the property. The law includes consuming or possessing alcoholic beverages in or around Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Violators are subject to a civil citation.
The Stephen C. O’Connell Center parking garage will be open on a first-come, first-served basis, until full. The main O’Connell Center flat lot is for reserved parking only. The UAA will be running shuttles from the large commuter lot on Gale Lemerand Drive beginning at 9 AM on Saturday.
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- Alcoholic beverages
- Artificial noise making devices
- Back packs
- Cameras with detachable lens larger than 6 inches
- Chairbacks larger than a single seat (16 inches)
- Food/drink containers including bottles, cans and thermoses
- Ice chests and ice bags
- Large carry bags
- Outside food and drink
- Tobacco products
- Video cameras/cases
- Any items deemed hazardous by game management personnel
*Law enforcement officials have the right to inspect any item at any time for the purpose of spectator safety.*
Prohibited items must be returned to vehicles or disposed of before entering the stadium. There are no provisions to check items at the gates.
Outside the Stadium: Before entering the stadium, fans may utilize Gate 1 of the O’Connell Center for Restrooms. Gate 1 of the O’Connell Center will be open starting at 8 AM.
Inside the Stadium: Restrooms are located on each concourse for the Orange and Blue Debut. Please refer to the Stadium Map for specific locations.
Free roster sheets available at most concession stands and both Gator Locker Room Sport Shops. Available until they run out.
Please refer to the “Parking” section
TDD Phone Number
For those guests hearing impaired, the ticket office is equipped with an accessible number: 800-955-8771.
There are several courtesy phones throughout the stadium that may be used to dial any local number. Phones in the main concourse are at Section A and between Gates 13 and 14. Phones located just inside the Gates are at Gates 6 and 9.
Text Message System
We’d love to hear from you on game day. Please send us your issues, feedback, comments and questions while inside the stadium. To reach our event management staff text “GATORS” along with any information or questions to 69050. Please note that standard SMS rates apply.
The 2013 Orange and Blue Debut is FREE and open to the public. No ticket is required for admission to the main stadium. Luxury areas still require a ticket for admission. Even though admission is free on Saturday, the normal game day stadium policies and prohibited items will still be enforced for the safety of all fans in attendance.
For fans that had purchased tickets with a credit card, all monies will be credited back to the card that was used. If a fan purchased with cash or a check, a refund check will be mailed to the account holder’s address. Please contact the Gator Ticket Office at (352) 375-4683, ext. 6800 for all inquiries.
Florida Farm Bureau customers who had received free admission coupons for the Orange and Blue Debut may redeem each coupon for a 50% discount on a full-priced ticket – a $25 value -- for the Gators’ season-opener versus Toledo on Aug. 31, or for the game against Georgia Southern on Nov. 23. The coupons may be redeemed beginning May 15 at the Gator Ticket Office at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium during regular business hours, Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets are subject to availability.
The University of Florida is a Tobacco Free Campus. This policy is in effect at all University Athletic Association facilities, including Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field. We request and appreciate your adherence and compliance with this University policy. Game Day Staff will be monitoring for those in violation and request such action be ceased. Violators are subject to ejection.
The Orange and Blue Debut will air live on FOX’s Sun Sports statewide. Fans living outside the state of Florida will be able to stream the event live online via www.FOXSportsFlorida.com . It will also air live state-wide on the Gator IMG Sports Network.
For fan comfort, there are numerous water fountains available throughout Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Please remember to drink plenty of fluids.