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The Gators host Tennessee on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Wednesday September 18, 2013Fan Initiatives Announced For Florida-Tennessee Game

Gainesville, Fla.

The Gators host Tennessee on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

With anticipation building for the Gator football team’s Southeastern Conference opener on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium against Tennessee, the University Athletic Association wanted to provide fans with a number of initiatives in place for the upcoming game.


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

·         Misting stations located around  Ben Hill Griffin Stadium: Outside Gate 2, Gate 16, Gate 9, upper North endzone Sunshine Seats.

·         Hand fans distributed at Verizon Gator FanFest outside Gate 2 of the Stephen C. O’Connell Center and select gates as fans enter the football stadium.

·         Sunscreen and Cooling Hand Towel giveaways at Verizon Gator FanFest outside Gate 2 of the O'Connell Center.

·         Numerous water fountains available throughout stadium.

·         Officers at gates watching for fans in heat distress and directing to first aid stations.

·         If fans wish to leave Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to escape the heat but want to be part of the gameday atmosphere, they can enter the Stephen C. O’Connell Center through Gate 1 at 3:30 p.m. to watch the game on the videoboards. However, they will not be able to re-enter Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.


Bag Policy

Fans are reminded that backpacks and large carry bags are prohibited inside of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on gameday.


Anyone entering the stadium with a permissible carry bag will be searched by law enforcement officers stationed at designated “Bag Check” lines at all gates upon entering the stadium. Those fans in attendance without a bag are encouraged to enter through a “No Bag” line to expedite the entry process.


For overall safety and security, the University Athletic Association, Inc., encourages that fans reduce the need to bring bags with them to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and leave all unnecessary items at home, or in their vehicle.


Please remember that law enforcement officials have the right to inspect any individual or item at any time for the purpose of spectator safety. Additionally, all prohibited items must be returned to vehicles or be disposed before entering the stadium; there are no provisions to check items at any of the gates.


Bag Check Procedures

Bag check procedures have changed for 2013.

  • Proceed through the appropriate ‘bag check’ and ‘no bag’ lines with the help of visual aids.
  • Bags will be searched at designated bag check lines upon entering the stadium.
  • Backpacks and large carry bags are prohibited.
  • All prohibited items must be returned to vehicles or be disposed before entering the stadium.


Gator Guest Services Twitter account

·         @GatorzoneFans - pertinent event announcements and information for fans


Tag-A-Fan Program

The Tag-A-Fan Program is meant to reduce the amount of time a parent/guardian could be separated from their missing party in a game-day crowd. The wristband allows a parent/guardian to fill out their section, row and seat section and number in case a fan becomes separated from his/her party, and can be picked up at the Gator Guest Services booth located outside Gate 2.


The information on the wristbands provides stadium personnel to help re-unite guests with their respective parties. Any lost person will be escorted to the main Guest Services desk located in the Gator Ticket Office lobby (between Gates 1 and 2). Parents, guardians or family members with a lost person should contact the nearest police officer or event staff member


Zero Waste Initiatives

As part of the University of Florida's zero waste ambitions, The Swamp is taking the first step in 2013.

·         Please take note of visual aids at each station to help fans get it in the right can. 

·         Please make note that all cups (other than the souvenir cup), plates and silverware are compostable. 

·         Please make note that coffee creamer containers, ice cream wrappers, and any bottle or can should go in the recyclable container.

·         Green team members will be throughout Ben Hill Griffin Stadium educating fans and assisting in the sorting of compostable and recyclable items. 


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