Saturday June 21, 20142014 Football Select-a-Seat Event is Today
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- As she bounced from one set of seats to the other last fall, Susan Beebe realized she had a difficult choice to make. She needed to pick the best basketball tickets for the upcoming Florida season at the O’Connell Center and she needed to make the decision for she and a friend.
That’s when a simple idea hit her.
“I sat in the seats and took pictures of the different views,” Beebe said. “I sent them to my friend and asked, ‘How ‘bout these? Or these?’ Now that was very helpful.”
That scenario was made possible by the Select-A-Seat promotion held in advance of the 2013-14 Gators basketball season. Gators fans came to the O’Dome and not only had a chance to pick their seats, but park themselves in them and get a feel for their sightlines.
Now, the UF Ticket Office will hold a similar promotion for 2014 UF football tickets Saturday June 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
The inaugural football select-a-seat event will let fans roam the stadium’s bleachers and premium seat areas in the Evans Champions Club and Holloway Touchdown Terrace either to purchase new seats or upgrade current ones before UF puts single-game tickets on sale in July.
"We're really excited about this event because it empowers our fans to make their own seating decisions and also adds a sense of excitement for each fan in anticipation of the coming football season," said Mark Gajda, UF's assistant athletics director for ticketing. "It's a great opportunity for our fans to come to the 'Swamp' and actually test drive as many seats as they wish to give them a different perspective and view of the stadium."
Beebe, a Gainesville resident, went to the basketball event last September and actually found four seats she liked along the sidelines, only to learn the booster contribution fees for the seats were out of her price range. Ticket office employees, however, were on hand to escort her to other seat options and work to find Beebe something that fit her budget.
“That was so helpful,” Beebe said. “We even ended up with aisle seats, which we really wanted.”
Ray Register made the 80-mile trip from Lake Park, Ga., for all but two basketball games last season. He was glad he took advantage of the O’Dome select-a-seat event that netted him two lower-bowl spots behind the baseline and near the UF bench.
Seeing the available seats marked and color-coordinated made his shopping easier. So did having ticket, marketing and Gator Booster reps floating about the arena.
The same setup will apply when football fans go shopping in the stadium Saturday.
“One of the concerns I had with buying season tickets for any sport is knowing where the tickets are going to be,” Register said. “This took away that anxiety.”
UF spirit squad members will be on hand to welcome fans as they enter the stadium and Alligator Alley, located on the west side of the stadium outside Gates 1 and 4, will be set up so fans can pick up 2014 Florida Football posters and schedule cards as well as enter contests to win prizes.
Fans can enter Ben Hill Griffin Stadium through Gates 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 18. Parking will be available in the O’Connell Center parking lot and parking deck.
In addition, the Kornblau Foyer in the Heavener Football Complex will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for fans to view the BCS National Championship trophies, Heisman Trophies and other awards.
Tickets for the 2014 season are available for purchase through the Gator Ticket Office.