Gator fans get ready: Saturday brings open practice, Fan Day
Published: Friday, August 17, 2012 at 1:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 17, 2012 at 1:03 p.m.
Chants of "It's great to be a Florida Gator" could begin early Saturday as the University of Florida football team opens its morning practice to the public — the first and only time it will do so before its Sept. 1 home opener against Bowling Green.
Later in the afternoon, the chants likely will grow to a crescendo as the team and coaches participate in an expanded Fan Day at the O'Connell Center in which they are joined by the volleyball and soccer teams.
The Gators' morning practice will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and is free to attend. Gates 1, 4, 6, 15 and 18 will be open for fans to begin entering the stadium at 8:30 a.m., according to information from the University Athletic Association.
Fans will be able to sit anywhere other than the upper west side of the stadium, and two concession stands will be open on the west side.
Also as part of the open practice, fans will be able to view for the first time the renovated West Concourse. The lower section of the concourse will be open, according to the UAA, allowing fans to see upgraded concession stands, restrooms and graphics.
Later, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., fans will be able to get autographs from their favorite players and coaches at the annual Fan Day celebration. Admission also will be free, with gates at the O'Connell Center opening at 2:30 p.m.
The football, volleyball and soccer teams will be joined by cheerleaders, the Dazzlers, Gatorettes, Albert and Alberta, and Gators announcer Mick Hubert, according to the UAA.
Fans will be given 2012 team posters to get autographed, and no outside items will be allowed into the event, according to the UAA, because of NCAA compliance issues.
From 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., the volleyball team will play its annual Orange & Blue scrimmage game, with players signing autographs from 5-6 p.m.
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