Stephen C. O'Connell Center Virtual Tour
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The student-athletes take advantage of state-of-the-art computer facilities at Florida. This $4.1 million facility features 15 tutorial rooms, 1000 square foot study room with 40 individual study carrels, 50-seat theatre presentation room, two computer labs and a career development library.
Here we see the spacious gymnastics center located within the Stephen C. O'Connell Center, otherwise known as the O Dome.
One of the fastest indoor pools in the country is located inside of the O Dome. Several Olympians train here, along with Florida students and athletes.
Men's Locker Room
A glimpse of the Gator locker room before the game - The music is pumping while the players relax, joke and mentally prepare. Notice the green and bronze Gator sculpture at the doorway of the locker room. The players rub its head for luck before each game.
Adjacent to the locker room is a state of the art theatre where Coach Billy Donovan and his staff break down film.
Fans often line up hours - if not days - before a game. When students do spend the night, they arise in what they refer to as "Billyburg", named after Coach Donovan.
Florida students are already in place in the student seating section - long before the game. They refer to themselves as the " Rowdy Reptiles" and look on as star-gazed admirers as the Gators do warm-up drills.
The band rouses up the students with a palette ranging from alternative rock to traditional march tunes.
Right in the heart of these "Rowdy Reptiles" screaming at decibels that made ESPN Magazine tout the O Dome as "the scariest place in the country to play." That progressed into the nickname the "House of Horrors".
"Gator Bait"..."Gator Bait"..."Gator Bait"
View from the Upperdeck
The O Dome is named for Stephen C. O'Connell, a former Florida President. The Gators average 10,767 fans per game and last year the men went 14-1 at home in the O Dome.
The O Dome got an $8.1 million facelift to replace the teflon-coated roof with a permanent structure and to improve the sound and lighting. Another $2.5 million then upgraded concessions, the gift shops, rest rooms and entryways.
Women's Locker Room
The Lady Gators locker room. They, too have a bronze alligator sculpture that they rub for luck before every game.