Muschamp changes format of spring game
Published: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 8:25 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 8:25 p.m.
Saturday's Orange and Blue Debut at Florida Field will be a unique open practice for fans instead of a game, Florida coach Will Muschamp announced Tuesday.
What: The annual Orange and Blue Debut.
When: 1 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, aka The Swamp.
TV: Sun Sports.
Information: Visit www.gatorzone.com/football/spring.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
9 a.m.: Gator Locker Room Yard Sale (outside Gate 9).
10 a.m.: Verizon Fan Fest in North End Zone Lawn.
10:30 a.m.: Gator Walk.
11:30 a.m.: Gates Open to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
11:30 a.m.: Warm-ups begin on the field.
12:30 p.m.: Alumni Flag Football Game.
1 p.m.: Orange & Blue Debut.
The format will be similar to the previous 14 practices the Gators have conducted this spring, with some special additions to enhance the experience for fans. The change was made because of numerous injuries that have left the Gators with just six offensive linemen.
Before, during and after the practice Saturday, Muschamp will address the crowd to give them an inside look and an explanation of some of the drills and scrimmage situations the team will be running. The team will still have several 11-on-11 scrimmage periods, but there will also be periods of special teams and individual work mixed in that will closely resemble a normal practice.
With the altered format, Sunniland and the Florida Farm Bureau have partnered with the University Athletic Association to make the event free for the public. All pre-purchased tickets for the Orange and Blue Debut will be refunded at full cost. Although the event will be free, fans with tickets in luxury seating areas will still need a ticket for entry into the luxury areas. Normal game day stadium policies and prohibited items will still be enforced for the safety of all fans in attendance.
For fans who purchased tickets with a credit card, all monies will be credited back to the card that was used. If a fan purchased a ticket with cash or a check, a refund check will be mailed to the account holder's address. For more information, call the ticket office at 352-375-4683, ext. 6800.
Florida Farm Bureau customers who had received free admission coupons for the Orange and Blue Debut may redeem each coupon for a 50 percent discount on a full-priced ticket — a $25 value — for the Gators' season-opener versus Toledo on Aug. 31 or for the game against Georgia Southern on Nov. 23.
The O'Connell Center parking garage will be open on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The main O'Connell Center flat lot is for reserved parking only. The UAA will be running shuttles beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday from the large commuter lot on Gale Lemerand Drive.