UF baseball stadium breaking ground in February

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UF baseball stadium rendering. [Courtesy of UAA]

The University of Florida Athletic Department announced an updated timeline and budget Wednesday for UF’s new baseball park, in addition to detailing Phase III of the planned facilities upgrades.

The Gators baseball stadium, initially estimated to cost $50 million, will have a $65 million budget and will break ground in February, the university announced.

Florida announced a planned completion date of June 2020, with the 2021 season marking UF’s debut in the ballpark, located on the southwest part of campus adjacent to Donald R. Dizney Stadium.

UF initially intended to break ground in Fall 2018, with the ballpark opening in time for the 2020 season.

“This is an exciting day for Gators baseball and our entire athletic department,” UF athletics director Scott Stricklin said in a statement. “While our original hope was to have the ballpark available at the beginning of 2020, and therefore available for play that season, this period of rising construction prices has required additional time to finalize the design, and has caused us to adjust our timeline by a few months.”

The ballpark will have a 360-degree open concourse, shade structure for fans, modern student-athlete and staff amenities, multiple seating and game experience options, high-definition video and sound and enhanced concession space and food options among other improvements.

The updated ballpark plan seemingly increases the overall capacity from the initial iteration. All permanent seats will have chair-backs, and the addition of multiple seating options will bring the overall capacity to 7,000 “with ability to add seating for up to 10,000.”

The baseball park, in addition to ongoing $15 million renovation to softball’s Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium and renovations to the Gators’ track and tennis facilities, makes up Phase II of the UAA’s Facilities Master Plan. Phase I involved the indoor football facility, the Otis Hawkins Center at Farrior Hall and Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center renovation.

The work at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium is nearing completion, the university announced, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for Feb. 12 prior to UF’s exhibition game vs. the Japanese National Team.

“You get one chance to build these types of facilities. Facilities that will change the landscape of a program for generations to come,” Stricklin said. “It’s exciting to think of the impact the new ballpark will have on future Gators players, coaches and fans.”

Furthermore, the athletic department detailed the upcoming Phase III of planned facilities upgrades involving the football training complex.

The complex will be located at the site currently occupied by McKethan Stadium. The project will break ground following UF’s baseball season in June of 2020, with completion of construction intended before 2021. Ultimately, Phases I-III of the “Facilities Master Plan” will total $285 million, with $155 million coming from private support through Gator Boosters, Inc. So far, Gator Boosters Executive Director Phill Pharr said the organization has raised more than half — $86 million — of the desired amount.

“We are fortunate that Gator Nation shares in our vision of delivering a championship experience. We are appreciative of their investment into the future of Gator Athletics and the individual life-changing opportunities our student-athletes have available to them in Gainesville,” Pharr said in a statement. “We are experiencing tremendous momentum and know we can count on Gator Nation to step up once again and help make the investments necessary to continue providing a championship experience with integrity.”

36 COMMENTS

  1. I wonder how many of the posters on here that complain about how far our facilities have fallen behind are writing big checks to the UAA now? Somebody has to help pay for this crazy arms race that is college athletics.

  2. Stricklin should have followed through with Foley’s plan and timeline instead of messing it up with his own stamp. Foley had the Football complex breaking ground well over a year ago (Dec 2017). Instead, Stricklin made up some excuses for the changes (i.e. the delay, uh um I mean making it better) so that he could use the money earmarked for football to fund baseball and softball. He knows it’s an easier sell to raise additional funds for football after baseball/softball are completed than the other way around. Now the football complex is almost 3 years later than Foley’s plan.

    • Foley’s plan called for upgrading the existing baseball stadium, which sits next to the indoor and outdoor football practice facilities. The football complex would have been built elsewhere on campus and the players and coaches would have had to waste time every day going from their dorms and offices to the practice fields and back. The softball field upgrades are no different and were going to be built first in Foley’s plan too.

      Stricklin’s plan builds a brand new baseball stadium elsewhere on campus, then builds the new football complex where the existing baseball stadium sits now. Going to practice from there will mean just walking out the door. That’s a much more efficient design for football practices, which is the point of a football facility in the first place.

      Foley made us wait a decade for this football complex. The more efficient design Stricklin came up with is worth another year’s wait.

      Go Gators!!!

      • A perfect example of how a little information is fake news(Sly), and fully informed gives a complete different story(StL). This is a perfect corollary to what we have today in the fakenews major media that wants to push an agenda and the uninformed that repeat their dribble, and the conservative media like talk radio that gives a clearer picture.

        • in all fairness, the quality of this discussion here is way better than anything you can find almost anywhere, ranging from fundamental questions (what is truth) to serious discussions about the best way to spend limited resources.
          half the time i am more interested in the comments than what the newspaper says anyway!
          of course i totally disagree with so much here (except the pontius pilate classic discussion, where i am out of my league to add to it, i guess thats true for a lot of other things too), to go over my views would add infuriating emotions. in a sense, its a bit late on my arguments anyway, that train is moving on. i wanted the train to go to one place, its going to another. all you can do is wish a safe and successful journey to whereever it goes, and wish the best for all gators.

        • Daz, Sly has hated Stricklin ever since he fired the coach he loves more than anyone, so take his criticism of anything and everything he does with a grain of salt. People who don’t look at this situation through hate glasses know this current plan is a better one, even if it takes a little longer. At least they’re upgrading the locker room in the offseason. Recruits should like that. Pretty sure the program will do just fine without a stand alone complex being built sooner than it is.

      • StLGator – I agree that the football complex needs to be built next to the indoor and outdoor practice facilities to minimize walking. However, I disagree that it needs to be sited elsewhere on campus. It could be built on any side that is adjacent to the practice facilities. Whichever side chosen will require relocating existing facilities. Foley had it sited to the west where the track and field throwing area is located. On the east side is a parking structure. To the north is the President’s residence. To the south is the baseball stadium. Foley chose the site that has the least impact, less costly, and most expedient to execute. Stricklin chose the site that has the most impact, most costly, and takes the longest to execute. Stricklin’s plan is about funding a new baseball stadium, not because Foley’s plan would build it far away.

        I understand there’s a lot of Foley bashing because he let facilities fall behind the competition. While I agree that Foley made the mistake of not upgrading facilities sooner, he did try to make it right before he retired. He built the indoor practice facility, a player academic center, and upgraded player housing. The plan was in place for the football complex to break ground about a year after he retired. After Stricklin took over, nothing happened and he didn’t announce that the master plan and timeline had changed until after the start date had passed when the media asked him about it.

        Daz – I invite you to be more specific on what is fake about my post. Are you saying the conservative media doesn’t have an agenda? Perhaps you like them and believe them more because they tell you what you want to hear?

        • Since you all ”opened the door” (as lawyers like to say today). People today in the mainstream media ”promote what they want to hear” just as much or more than any conservative radio or television shows. Just look up how much the employees of the mainstream media donate to their side, the Democrat Party. But regardless, ”The truth is drawn and driven in the right direction by other truths.” -C.H. Spurgeon. Perhaps that is why Pontius Pilate asked Jesus of Nazareth ”What is truth?”

      • Sly, I see your point. The “perfect” is always the enemy of the “good enough.”

        However, in this case, I agree with Stricklin that the University of Florida could and should do better than the sports facility plan Foley left behind, even if it means begging Gator boosters for more $$$. After all, we won’t get another opportunity for this magnitude of facilities improvements in our lifetimes.

        I get that the job of AD involves balancing a limited budget against the fondest wishes of ALL his sports head coaches. Foley chose to give something to EACH of them while minimizing all the price tags. He respected his limited budget and that’s not easy to do in the face of all the external pressure to spend like a drunken sailor.

        The facility improvement plan Foley left behind may have been deemed by him as “good enough.” Curiously, he made our football program suffer nearly a decade of mediocrity under inferior coaches who also accepted his previous concept of “good enough.”

        The Heavener Football Complex Foley had built under the north end zone of the Swamp is a perfect example. It was built at Urban Meyer’s behest when hired in 2004 and was considered by Foley as “good enough” back then. But, based on what Alabama subsequently did for Nick Saban in 2007, it was obsolete the day it opened to the public in 2008!

        The plan for a replacement football complex Foley left behind he also considered “good enough,” except it was too small (compared to Alabama’s) and would have made players and coaches walk over or around the outdoor practice fields to get from it to the indoor practice field every day they “needed” to practice indoors. Think about that for a minute!

        Yes, Stricklin’s new facilities plan will take longer and cost more to build. Yes, it will give the baseball team a brand spanking new stadium (which they’ve earned) instead of just giving Mckethan a facelift. But… the new football complex will now be the ideal size for today’s needs and be located at the ideal site. That means it will have a fighting chance of being “good enough” to attract elite recruits to the Gators for at least another generation.

        After that, you and I probably won’t need to worry about any of it any more! 😉

        Go Gators!!!

  3. When there is a plan to spend nearly $300 million dollars and build huge new facilities on campus, there are a lot of people involved in making decisions. You are kidding yourself if you think the AD has enough power to make these type decisions by himself. He simply helps come up with ideas, and then people that have a lot more money and power help make decisions.

    • I agree the AD, whether it’s Sticklin or his predecessor, needs approval from the higher ups. He puts a plan together, sells the plan with perhaps some options for the higher ups to choose and make the decision. But it is his plan and he has a lot of influence on what’s in it and the options presented.

  4. My fear has been realized with the announced delay in the start of the football complex. I must admit that I thought the delay was likely to occur. As someone who works in construction, cost overruns and the subsequent delays to work on cost reductions are inevitable in a growing economy. I was especially concerned with the recent increases in steel cost coming from the new tariffs. At the end of the day there is little one can do to reduce material and labor costs. Only a downturn in the economy is going to reduce cost. This conflicts with the ability to receive donations. However, I take the long view that doing it right at a higher cost is better than doing it halfway.

    We have had a great debate on why Florida football has not been an elite Program on our Recent Topics discussion. StLGator, as well as others, has provided very insightful information on the thread. Facilities, ADs, coaching, QBs and other factors have been discussed. I asked why Stricklin gets a pass while Foley takes the blame. StLGator gave a good explanation for why Stricklin deserves a pass. I’ll accept the explanation and give Stricklin a pass for now. However, passes have an expiration date. He needs to get the football complex done, period. He now has to get it done in a more challenging environment.

    I’m not going to bash Foley. He did what he thought was best for the overall athletic program in an age of Title IX. Under his watch Florida ascended to an elite status on an overall basis. We are not a one-trick pony like Alabama. However, the effect on the football program cannot be ignored. Whether we like it or not, college football has turned into an “arms race”.

    The discussion has generated a new idea for a discussion topic. Should the NCAA step in to regulate the facilities arms race? The NFL has a salary cap to create parity. Does the NCAA need to act to introduce some parity into the facilities arms race? Does the NCAA need to limit or eliminate the “football analysts”? I must admit the subject of regulation conflicts with my basic viewpoint. However, with the distinct likelihood of Alabama vs Clemson IV the subject of regulation merits a discussion.

      • I don’t think anyone, myself included, is mad at Stricklin. Quite the opposite, I think he has done a good job so far. I’m very happy with the Mullen hire. The on-going debate is over the delay in constructing a football only complex. My comment was that I am giving Stricklin a pass on the delay. However, he needs to get it done since he postponed it until after the baseball complex is done.

    • MexiGator, I’m not a big fan of even more NCAA regulations. Most of them are silly and all they ever do is lock in the status quo ante, which reduces competition rather than enhancing it.

      The NFL is a poor example for the FBS to follow because financially it is a single corporate entity with 32 “retail divisions” sharing ALL their revenue equally. Their onus as a corporation is to maximize revenue at every one of their “retail divisions” because ALL the other “retail divisions” will directly benefit. That’s why they routinely approve “retail divisions” abandoning their fan bases and relocating to more lucrative markets. Thankfully, FBS football programs CAN’T DO THAT! 😱

      Unless someone very clever can convince ALL 130 FBS football programs to have a kumbaya moment and agree to share ALL their revenue equally, getting the NCAA to mandate limits on what individual programs can do to maximize their own revenues is going to lead to a major antitrust lawsuit the NCAA will certainly lose. To show you how impossible that proposition is, Texas A&M dropped their century-long rivalry with Texas and moved to the SEC just because the Longhorns wouldn’t share their revenue with just the other schools in the Big 12 and Notre Dame is STILL an independent because they have their own exclusive TV contract with NBC!

      Besides, now that the UAA has agreed to join the facilities “arms race” with our new football complex to open in 2021, why should the Gators EVER agree to having the NCAA make life easier for the Semis and Canes? We should do just fine against Alabama and Clemson when we once again OWN the state of Florida in football recruiting!

      Go Gators!!!

      • I agree that revenue sharing is never going to happen. However, I am bit surprised that the university presidents haven’t gotten together to limit the on-going arms race in some capacity. I can see where regulating the amount of money spent on facilities is difficult to enforce given the differences in construction costs for different cities. However, what about regulating the number of extra assistant coaches, otherwise called “analysts”? How about regulating the amount of money spent on coaches? How about regulating the money spent on hosting recruits? Yes, Florida has their football facility on the way. However, no matter how much Florida spends, Alabama is going to spend whatever it takes to maintain its dominance. Is that good for the sport? Every professional sport, except baseball, has rules for maintaining a level playing field. I think baseball and their fans suffer in markets that never have a realistic chance of winning a World Series.

        • There are things university presidents won’t touch, such as limiting how much $$$, including large booster donations, can be spent on construction of university facilities. That has a high potential to draw an antitrust lawsuit.

          There are things university presidents probably can agree on, such as limiting the size of staffs paid for using university salaries. There’s a limit now on the number of assistant coaches a head coach may have. So, limiting the number of analysts, tutors and other student-athlete support staff may make some sense.

          The devil is in the starting point for those limits given the humongous staff already at Alabama. Setting THAT staff as the limit for all other schools would be a bad joke for most university budgets in the FBS. On the other hand, forcing Alabama, or other elite schools, to reduce their staffs will bring on bitter complaints of “targeting” and potential legal challenges.

          BTW, I live in St. Louis (StL), where Cardinal baseball is a BIG DEAL. With a metro population of 3.5 million, we are a quintessential small market. Yet, the Cards take a backseat to no other franchise with respect to making the playoffs, winning pennants and World Series. They’re 2nd only to the NY Yankees in number of championships won and first in the National League. So, with wise management and great fan support IT IS possible for a small market franchise to be competitive in MLB.

          That market driven solution should serve as a model for all FBS schools that want to run with Alabama and Clemson. I believe Stricklin and Mullen are on the right track now and Gator boosters will need to pony up… or 🤐 forever!

          Go Gators!!!

          • One half of my wife’s family was originally from St. Louis. We lived in Kansas City for 5 years and visited St. Louis often. Great city. Nobody can question the city’s support of the Cardinals. It is the quintessential baseball town. However, the Cardinals do not have much competition for sports dollars.

            My family is from Tampa. During my time in Tampa, the Buccaneers, Rays and Lightning came into existence. Competition for sports and entertainment dollars is fierce. The Rays had a nice run under Joe Maddon. When you consider the pitching talent that came through the organization, the Rays should have been World Series contenders for several years. Instead they only made one. Quite frankly it’s hard to root for a team that every year has to trade their best players before they reach free agency. For me MLB is a broken model.

            As a Florida alum that started watching the Gators at the changeover from Charlie Pell to Galen Hall, I must admit I have been spoiled by Florida’s success. My perception is that the Gators can win NCs under the right head coach. Having one of the 25 teams capable of winning a NC is a must have for me as a fan. I can’t imagine being a fan of one of the other approximately 100 FBS teams that have no realistic chance of winning a NC under the current environment. The only teams I can recall that moved dramatically upward in the ranks are FSU under Bowden and Miami. I don’t see the possibility of a non Power 5 team making an upward move in the current environment. Therefore, I can understand the frustration of UCF fans a little bit even though I think their AD needs to schedule tougher non-conference competition.

          • The more accurate statement would be to say that the Cards kick the competition’s ass for local sports dollars. You forget that for most of their history since the 60s, the Cards have had to compete against the NFL’s Cardinals (now in PHX) and Rams (now back in LA), as well as the NHL’s Blues for sports dollars. Even so, with 81 home dates every season, Cards’ attendance rarely dips below 35,000 per game and they often sell out. They’re one of the 2 or 3 best attended franchises in MLB every season.

            The Cards repay that fan loyalty by making sure that decade after decade, they put a competitive product on the field. Like the elite FBS programs, they spend most of their money on scouting and young player development. They also spend most of their limited free agent budget on “retaining” key star players the fans have come to love and rarely spend millions on long-term unproductive contracts.

            That’s a formula for success that can be emulated by ANY sports franchise with a limited budget, including most FBS Power 5 schools. After all, Alabama is NOT a high population state and the Tide has to compete against Auburn every year for instate talent, not to mention against other SEC schools for regional talent. But, like Cards baseball, Tide football has a VERY LOYAL fan base that fills the stands for games against “the Citadel,” so their ADs go way out of their way to please that fan base, decade after decade.

            Gator Nation should take note of that undying Tide fan loyalty before complaining so bitterly about how UF ADs don’t go out of their way to keep Gator football competitive with Alabama decade after decade.

            Go Gators!!!

  5. Sly, Stl, Mex, GI good points all. The amount of money being spent is beyond comprehension. Yet to be competitive there has to be a mix of coaching (good coaching costs $$$) Facilities ($$$$$$) Recruiting ( ). In a perfect world a good coach could do this without the bells and whistles but these are young impressionable men/ boys becoming men and we must be able to compete with the whole package.

    • That sums it up rather nicely 65. Pay to play for national championships IS the name of the game in college football today. Schools that want to be serious contenders have to come up “with the whole package.”

      If we focus on the 20 years since the inception of the BCS and the dramatic escalation of money paid to Power 5 conferences and ND for TV rights that followed, only 12 schools have won NCs. If we add Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan St, Penn State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Georgia, Texas A&M, VA Tech, Oklahoma St, Stanford, Oregon and Washington to the mix of schools with winning traditions that are making the proper “investments” today, we get the ultimate Top 25. Those are the 25 FBS programs most likely to win the next 20 NCs.

      I’m just glad our Gators stand prominently among them!

      Go Gators!!!

      • BTW, the 12 schools that have won NCs since the BCS era began in 1998 are: Alabama (5), Florida (2), LSU (2), Florida St. (2), Ohio State (2), USCw (2), plus Tennessee, Oklahoma, Miami, Texas, Auburn and Clemson all with (1). That adds up to 21 NCs because LSU and USC were declared co-NCs in 2003, before the Big 10, PAC 10 and Rose Bowl joined the BCS coalition.

        As mentioned above, Alabama aside, the Gators are prominently represented in this elite group… and Mullen has them on the upswing again!

        Go Gators!!!

        • Stl, Mexi good points while it is true the pay for play or at least flashy and fancy draws players. it might be more a sign of human behavior than anything. If you have a pool of talent (athletes) that are relatively equal and divide them randomly (not reality but for the sake of argument) into 25 teams (top 25) If each team has a qualified (subjective) coach and for the purpose of this argument the coaching pool is relatively equal. The variables now are location and facilities. IF and again not reality all the facilities are equal then the quality of the product is more of a reflection of the coaching. There are lots of hole in this missive. But since the talent in HS is well studied and ranked the marketing end of colleges has to have something to draw a players attention to their respective program. While coach “z” has great skills but works for a college with limited resources he is hamstrung in attracting the talent he would like to have. While “z” may be the best coach he may never be able to draw the talent. I think an example of this would be UM follow his path from the early years to the current his abilities at times overcame the facility issue. He is one familiar to Gator fans. What I am saying is the flash is marketing 101 at drawing the attention and playing to the market. It is working and then the greed factor comes in and the race is on. This also ignores the education ranking, tradition and history that also attract players.

      • I would argue that only 15 or 16 teams have a chance of winning a NC under the current system and rules depending on how much money their fans invest in their programs. Out of these programs only 5 or so have a realistic chance of winning a NC in a given year.

        Texas & Oklahoma
        Clemson, FSU & Miami
        Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State
        Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida, LSU, Tennessee (?) & Texas A&M
        USC
        Nortre Dame

        • Mexi, I take a longer view because history shows that NOTHING in this world can be counted on to stay the same beyond a few years.

          The 25 schools mentioned above all have the 3 key structural ingredients needed to rise to the level of competing for a NC, if so desired. NONE of them, not even Alabama, are guaranteed to stay at that level in perpetuity. The 3 key structural ingredients are: (1) plenty of money coming in every year from TV contracts, (2) large fan bases to provide high attendance at every home game, and (3) winning traditions to establish high expectations in those fan bases. So, structurally, all 25 schools CAN get there.

          The wild card ingredients are: (4) having a university administration willing to spend the money REQUIRED to compete at NC level EVERY year, (5) them hiring the right AD who KNOWS how to (6) hire the right coach AND give him ALL the tools needed to bring in and develop ALL the players required to be competitive at NC level EVERY year.

          Ingredients #5 and 6 are the rare commodities that have separated Alabama from the other 24 schools over the last 10+ years. However, there’s no guarantee their AD will find another Nick Saban, should he choose to retire after winning his 7th NC… unless… he succeeds in poaching Dabo Sweeney from Clemson! Dabo IS a Tide alumn, after all.

          Tricky, very tricky!

      • Interestingly enough, in the same time frame, the NFL’s 32 teams have produced the exact same number of Super Bowl winning teams: 12. They are: Denver, St. Louis (Rams), Baltimore, New England, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, NY Giants, New Orleans, Green Bay, Seattle, and Philadelphia. I think your Ultimate Top 25 college teams producing 12 different champions compares favorably. I see no need for the NCAA to emulate the NFL model. If fans want to see more teams with legitimate shots at a national championship, then I think there are two options: expand the playoff to 8 teams and include at least the highest ranked Group of 5 champion, or break the FBS into two or more divisions, each with it’s own championship.

        • Joe, I really, really, HATE the idea of expanding the playoff field from 4 teams! It will really, really undermine the CFB regular season, which is the only really, really MEANINGFUL regular season in major American sports left today!

          There’s an interesting discussion going on in another thread about the legitimacy of UCF’s demand to be included in this year’s CFP field of 4 just because they ran a gauntlet of 13 cupcakes. At the same time, their AD is mulling over REJECTING the Gators’ offer of a 2 for 1 regular season game series. What incentive will the UCFs of the FBS world have to take such risky deals and play such tough regular season games in the future IF the CFP field is expanded to 8 and they get rewarded for their cowardice with a playoff spot after playing 13 cupcakes???

          I really, really hope the NCAA leaves their CFP field of 4 as is!

          Go Gators!!!

          • StL, I agree with you about the 4 team playoff, but then again, I’m one who thinks the BCS ranking system was better than the CFP Selection Committee, and that all that was necessary was to take the top four in the BCS poll rather than just the top two. That would’ve saved us the drama and unnecessary headache of trying to figure out what in the world the selection committee chairman means with his attempts at explaining the selection criteria and the thinking of the committee. At least the BCS had a ranking formula that you could read and understand whether you agreed with it or not. The only reason pro league playoffs work is that all the teams are put into divisions that are considered to be of equal strength and the division champions qualify for the playoffs. Until college football does that, the CFP will really only be a glorified tournament with its participants selected by subjective criteria. Since that’s not likely to happen any time before Hades freezes, I’m good with four teams, and I get your point about the value of the regular season.

          • Joe, I’ve followed college football for over 30 years. In all that time, I can comfortably say that no team outside any final regular season AP top four has EVER had a legitimate claim on the NC. No matter how much they complain, UCF does NOT deserve a shot at a NC this season, nor for that matter, last season. Neither does Ohio State.

            However the top four teams are selected (BCS using polls and computers, or CFP committees using experts and eye tests) rest assured the CFP is not a “glorified tournament.” The true NC, based on their performance over 12 or 13 games, is one of the four teams in the CFP “tournament” this season. Alabama is objectively excellent. So is Clemson. If ND and Oklahoma can beat either of them, they will gain objective credibility to go along with their excellent records.

            Over the years, pro style playoffs have produced mediocre, wild card teams like a 9-7 NY Giants winning a Super Bowl and an 85-77 St. Louis Cardinals winning a World Series. Those were two teams that were not even good enough to win their divisions, but just so happened to get hot at the right time of the season.

            Imagine an 8-team CFP this season with all the Power 5 conference champs guaranteed a spot. Now, imagine Pitt upsetting Clemson for the ACC title and Utah upsetting Washington for the PAC 12 title, then both getting hot in the CFP and ending up playing each other for the NC with Pitt winning it. Crazy right?

            Do you REALLY believe THAT outcome will improve college football as a sport? I know I don’t. Pitt and Utah don’t belong anywhere near the NC this season, yet both were just one upset away from making my imaginary 8-team CFP!

            Yikes!!! 😱

    • Average attendance the last few seasons (4,100/game) doesn’t justify making the new baseball stadium capacity any bigger. McKethan Stadium has a capacity of 6,000 that has only sold out vs. FSU and a very few other big games. So, a seating capacity of 7,000 (expandable to 10,000) for the new stadium would seem, if anything is optimistic, given Gator baseball average attendance history.

      Just like for football and basketball, Gator fans (especially current students) only fill up our stadiums for “meaningful” games. We DON’T give up the comfort of our recliners, in front of our 55” 4K TVs, with good food, cold beer and a clean bathroom we don’t have to stand in line for… for the likes of Idaho and Charleston Southern. We just DON’T!

      Ask MexiGator, stadium construction is EXPENSIVE! The UA would be stupid to spend tens of millions of $$$ more adding seats to the baseball stadium that will go empty 90% of the time.

      I wish it were different.

      Go Gators!!!