Wednesday September 19, 2012Heat Initiatives in Place for 12:21 Kickoff Against Kentucky
The University of Florida football team's week four matchup against the University of Kentucky from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Sept. 22 has been slated to begin at 12:21 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on the SEC Network. The Gator Walk will be held at 10:00 a.m. and gates will open at 10:45 a.m.
Due to an expected high heat index for the early-season games, 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
Special heat initiatives will be in place for the Kentucky game this weekend:
Misting stations located around the stadium
Hand fans will be distributed at Verizon Gator FanFest outside Gate 2 of the OConnell Center and select gates as fans enter the stadium
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
Numerous water fountains available throughout the stadium
Water bottles are available for sale at the concessions stands.
Officers at gates looking out for fans in heat distress and directing to aid stations
The Stephen C. OConnell Center will be available for fans to go in and get out of the heat and cool off to watch the game on the video boards. Gate 1 will be open for entry.