Tuesday September 13, 2011Initiatives For The Florida-Tennessee Football Game
Due to an expected high heat index for this Saturday’s SEC opener at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium between Florida and Tennessee at 3:30 p.m., 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.
Fans feeling dizzy should get out of the sun and should drink plenty of fluids, such as water and Gatorade. It is recommended to avoid excess alcohol consumption, 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.
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
Heat initiatives in place this weekend:
· Four misting stations, located at Gates 2, 9, 16 and the Sunshine Seats.
· 20,000 hand fans will be distributed for the game – 15,000 from the Florida Lottery and 5,000 from Shands
· Sunscreen giveaway at Verizon Gator FanFest outside Gate 2 of the O'Connell Center
· Cooling Hand Towel giveaway at Verizon Gator FanFest outside Gate 2 of the O'Connell Center
· Two cool down buses available just after kickoff – one on the East side near Gate 13 and the other on the West side on Lemerand Drive near Gate 2
· Over 100 Water fountains operational in stadium
· Free cups of ice will be available at concession stands.
· Officers at gates looking out for fans in heat distress and directing to aid stations
Gator FanFest, Presented by Verizon, is located just outside Gate 2 of the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Starting approximately 3 hours prior to each home football game, fans will have an opportunity to participate in interactive games, meet and receive autographs from other Gator athletes, win free prizes and listen to the Gator Network pre-game radio show live. It's fun for the whole family and admission is free!