Florida Gators Gameday Traditions
Find information on the stadium and great traditions that make football games at the Swamp such a great event.
Gamedays at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium are a "Chomping" event as the campus erupts in Blue and Orange colors as fans tailgate and get ready for a big SEC win: Bowl Shirts and hats coming soon!
What We Love About Football Saturdays in Gainesville!
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.