Times for open UF football practices announced

Florida coach Dan Mullen gestures as he speaks with members of the media during a news conference Wednesday to announce the Gators class on National Signing Day at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

 The Florida football team’s spring practices open to the public are at 4:15 p.m. on March 16 and 11:40 a.m. on March 17, the school said Monday.

Both open practices, which will run about two-plus hours each, will be held at the Sanders Practice Fields. Bleachers will be set up on the east side of the practice fields. Fans can congregate on the east and south sides to watch practice.

Fans can park in the O’Connell Center parking lot, however, be advised that parking restrictions are not lifted until 3:30 p.m. Fans should enter the Sanders Practice Fields via the McKethan Stadium baseball main entrance gate and walk along the sidewalk to enter the practice fields.

As previously announced, UF will be opening two practices to UF Faculty & Staff, along with Area Responders and City & Game Officials.

Spring practice will conclude with Florida’s annual spring game, which is free to all fans, on April 14 at 3 p.m. The 2018 Orange & Blue Game will be held that afternoon in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

More details will follow regarding events surrounding the game.