Championship celebration preparation


Glendale, AZ. - Chris Leak and Urban Meyer smile from the ceremonial stage during the final celebration of the Tostitos BCS National Championship at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

(Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun)
Published: Friday, January 12, 2007 at 2:10 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 12, 2007 at 2:10 p.m.

Planning to celebrate the University of Florida's historic BCS National Championship win with the rest of the Gator Nation on Saturday? Here are some things you should know before you go.

• The festivities kick-off at noon. Following the celebration, fans are encouraged to remain in the stadium to watch the video board telecast of the Gator men's basketball game at South Carolina at 1 p.m.

• All stadium gates except 16, 17 and 18 will be open beginning at 10:30 a.m. and seating is first-come, first-serve in the general seating area. The celebration will take place on a stage set up in the south end zone.

• RTS will run four shuttle buses from The Oaks Mall south parking lot behind Macy’s, and two shuttle buses from both the UF Commuter Lot on Gale Lemerand Drive and UF Parking Garage 9 on Gale Lemerand Drive and Archer Road (located next to Shands Hospital). The first bus going to the stadium from each location will begin loading at 9 a.m. The last bus for each location will leave the stadium at 3:50 p.m.

• Expect traffic and congestion similar to game day. Fans are asked to use SW 2nd Avenue if they are parking in the O'Connell Center parking lot. Gale Lemerand Drive will be closed off from University Avenue south to Stadium Road.

• Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited.

• Chairbacks larger than a single seat are prohibited.

• Food/drink containers, bottles, cans, thermoses, ice bags, ice chests, any artificial noise making device, large cameras, flags, umbrellas, back packs, carry bags, video cameras/cases, strollers or any items deemed hazardous by game management personnel will not be allowed in the stadium. Law enforcement officials have the right to inspect any item at any time for the purpose of spectator safety.

• Prohibited items must be returned to vehicles or disposed of before entering the stadium. There are no provisions to check items at the gates.

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