Get ready for a new season


Published: Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 1:40 a.m.

Stores on and around the University of Florida campus are gearing up for the new football season with T-shirts, DVDs and other merchanside made especially for fans who bleed orange and blue, immortalizing the triple national championships.

After a national football championship bookended by two national basketball championships, there's a lot to celebrate here in Hogtown.

To commemorate last season's National Championship win - which was bookended by two basketball titles - stores have introduced more high-end items, such as Waterford crystal footballs and basketballs and autographed memorabilia.

Prices for items such as T-shirts, license plates and other gifts largely remain the same as last year, despite growing popularity for Gator-related memorabilia. The University of Florida rose from No. 6 to No. 3 in collegiate licensing royalties for the 2006-2007 school year, according to the Collegiate Licensing Company.Here is some of the unique Gator gear that retailers have in store for you.

Waterford Crystal football, helmet and basketball

A great high-end gift for sophisticated Gators.

$185; University of Florida Bookstore and Gator Shop.

Gators rolling cooler: A great accessory for any tail-Gator.

$54; University of Florida Bookstore.

Tailgate Toss

Play your own big game before the Gators take the field.

$89; University of Florida Bookstore.

Gator grilling accessories

Fire up the grill and prepare a feast for hungry Gators ready to chomp.

Gators apron; $26; University of Florida Bookstore.

Jersey grill cover; $50; University of Florida Bookstore.

Gator DVDs

Relive the glory days right in your own home.

The Story of The 2006 Florida Gators DVD; $14.99; Gator Shop.

2007 Final Four DVD; $15.99; University of Florida Bookstore.

Bean bag mascot

No baby Gator's toy chest is complete without a little gator.

$10.95; University of Florida Bookstore

National Championship license plates

Show your Gator pride when you're on the go.

2006 Football National Champions License Plate; $3.99; various locations.

Craftique Mirrored National Champions Car Tag; $24.99; various locations.

2006 National Champions Script Gators Plate; $28; various locations.

Helmet and football wine topper set

Add a little orange and blue flair to your favorite bottle of Pinot Grigio.

$16; University of Florida Bookstore.

2006 National Championship Frisbee

Toss around this title toy before the big game.

$1.99; University of Florida Bookstore.

Championship t-shirts

Celebrate all three championships with T-shirts for Gators of all ages.

Youth "National Chompions" T-shirt; $6.99; University of Florida Bookstore

Dog jersey

Don't let Fido miss out on the fun; dress him up in this jersey just for him.

$28; University of Florida Bookstore

National Champions Pennant

Fly the orange and blue flag high with this National Championships Pennant.

$20; University of Florida Bookstore

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