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Monday September 14, 2009Fans Encouraged To Wear Blue For Saturday's Football Game; Other Initiatives Announced

Gainesville, Fla.

With the top-ranked University of Florida football team set to meet Tennessee at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in its Southeastern Conference opener, all Gator fans are being asked to arrive early and wear blue for the highly-anticipated clash with the Vols on Saturday. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. at The Swamp and CBS Sports will televise the sold-out contest to a national audience.


Gator FanFest, Presented by Verizon Wireless, is located just outside Gate 2 of the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Starting at approximately 12:30 p.m., fans will have an opportunity to participate in interactive games, meet and receive autographs from Gator student-athletes from the men’s basketball and women’s tennis teams, win free prizes and listen to the Gator Network pre-game radio show live. Admission is free.


Due to an expected high heat index, fans are encouraged to properly hydrate and to wear loose clothing and a hat to avoid heat exhaustion. Sunscreen of at least 30 SPF is recommended, repeating the application several times over the course of the afternoon. Sunscreen should be applied while the skin is dry and four ounces is needed for adequate protection.


People should get out of the sun if dizzy and should drink plenty of fluids, such as water and Gatorade. Another key is to avoid excess alcohol, since it will compound heat problems. Spectators with G-1 respiratory or cardiac disease should be especially careful, and everyone should proceed immediately to an aid station if help is needed.


•          Cool Misting Tents in the concourses of the north, south and west sides of the stadium

•          Additional fans on east side concourse

•          15,000 Gator hand fan giveaway at gates courtesy of the Florida Lottery

•          Cooling Hand Towel giveaway at Verizon Wireless Gator FanFest outside Gate 2 of the O'Connell Center

•          Free samples of Pepsi also provided at FanFest

•          Plastic cups with ice for free at concessions stands

•          12-Ounce waters on sale at concessions stands for $1

•          100 Water fountains operational in stadium

•          Cooling vehicles on the west side to supplement aid stations

•          Officers at gates looking out for fans in heat distress and directing to aid stations  


General Guidelines for High-Temperature Days

·          Wear loose fitting clothing and a hat

·          Sunscreen of at least 30 SPF - repeat application

·          Get out of the sun if dizzy

·          Drink plenty of fluids - water and Gatorade

·          Avoid excess alcohol - it will compound heat problems

·          If you have G-1 respiratory or cardiac disease be especially careful

·          Go immediately to an aid station if you need help





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