Florida Gators Gameday Traditions and Mascots

Find information on the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and great traditions that make football games at the Swamp such a great Chomping event that's served in Blue and Orange.

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Doing The Gators Chomp

When Florida fans feel like adding some intimidation into the mix against one of their opponents, the ever-popular Gator Chomp.
This fan gesture is done by fully extending one's arms, one over the other, in front of the body with the palms facing each other. The arms are then moved
apart and together to symbolize an alligator's mouth. Quite often the Chomp is accompanied by the Jaws. The Chomp dates back to 1981.

In Great Gator fashion, gamedays in the Swamp include the fans chomping at opponents in intimidating fashion.

 


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The Gators Chomp
When Florida fans feel like adding some intimidation
into the mix against one of their opponents, the
ever-popular Gator Chomp.

This fan gesture is done by fully extending one's
arms, one over the other, in front of the body with the
palms facing each other. The arms are then moved
apart and together to symbolize an alligator's mouth.
Quite often the Chomp is accompanied by the Jaws.
The Chomp dates back to 1981.

"We Are the Boys from Old Florida"
This song played by Florida's marching band at the end
of the 3rd quarter, has been an intergal part of
University gamedays since the 1930s.  

While the band
plays UF students and fans stand, lock arms and sing
in unison.  

The Swamp - Enter if You Dare!
The Swamp was nicknamed by head football coach
Steve Spurrier in the 90s.  Spurrirer bragged about the
Florida's ability to live and thrive ina stadium with such a
muggy, tough atmosphere where so many of its
opponents failed.

Seeing the UF Heisman Statues
The University unveiled the statues of the school's
three Heisman Trophy winners -- Steve Spurrier,
Danny Wuerffel and Tim Tebow -- during halftime of the
Gators' 2011 spring game.  The statues are located
outside of Ben-Hill Griffin Stadium.

Florida Mascots: Albert & Alberta
College football's top mascot couple is hands down the
two-fun loving costumed characters that cheer for the
Gators.  Albert first came onto the scene in 1970 and
was joined by Alberta in 1984.  Sports Illustrated named
Albert #1 in their 2007 Mascot Power Rankings.

Did you know?
The University was once represented
by a live alligator named Albert who put a big bite into
football Saturdays from 1957-70.

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