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UF became just the second team to win back-to-back men's basketball crowns since UCLA in the 1970s

Tuesday April 3, 2007Gator Fans Invited to Welcome Home Men's Basketball Team Tuesday; Celebration Set for Friday

Gainesville, FL

UF became just the second team to win back-to-back men's basketball crowns since UCLA in the 1970s

The University of Florida is inviting Gator fans to the Gainesville Regional Airport to greet the 2007 NCAA Championship men's basketball team upon its return from Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon.

 

Florida defeated Ohio State Monday evening to capture its second consecutive NCAA title and became just the second team to win back-to-back men's basketball crowns since UCLA in the early 1970s.

 

Police officials will not allow non-ticketed persons into the Gainesville Regional Airport area before 11:30 a.m. After 11:30 a.m., fans will be directed to a parking area within the airport confines. Fans should enter the Gainesville Regional Airport off of 39th Avenue main entrance and will make the first right once inside the facility grounds.

 

NCAA Championship Celebration

Set for Friday

Fans also will have a chance to celebrate with the Gator basketball team on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and is FREE to the public. Fans can enjoy video highlights, the Gator band and cheerleaders. Head coach Billy Donovan will also address the crowd. Further details for Friday's event will be available later this week.

 

Friday's event from Gainesville will air on Sun Sports on Saturday, April 7, beginning at 12 Noon and replay on Sunday, April 8, at 11 a.m. (ET) during "Breakfast with the Gators."

 

Fans are requested to stay clear of the terminal to allow ticketed passengers to proceed in a timely fashion. The team will NOT be entering the terminal at any time.

 

The charter flight carrying the Gator coaches and team is expected to arrive at 1 p.m.

 

Fans are encouraged to bring appropriate hydration beverages.

 

 

 

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