Gators open trio of bowl practices to public

Florida football coach Dan Mullen walks across the field during a practice at the Sanders Practice Fields on campus. [Lauren Bacho/Gainesville Sun]

Florida coach Dan Mullen has opened the Gators’ first three Peach Bowl practices to the public.

The open practices are Dec. 14 (3:25-5:40 p.m.), Dec. 15 (3:10-5:25 p.m.) and Dec. 16 (2:25-4:40 p.m.) at the Sanders Practice Fields next to Exactech Arena.

Fans can watch practices on the east and south sides of the practice field. Bleachers will be set up on the east side.

A lane outside the baseball ticket office will lead fans to the practice field. Parking could be limited in the O’Connell Center lot all three days because of graduation ceremonies in The Swamp and Exactech Arena.

Additional parking on campus can be found here in the map<>, as UF Transportation & Parking restrictions are lifted on a weekend.

The No. 10 Gators (9-3) will make the trip to Atlanta where they will play No. 7 Michigan (10-2)in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl on Dec. 29. The game is scheduled to kick off at 12 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN.

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  1. GO GATORS!!! I am already prepared to watch the games next year. I wish that there were football games year round. The only thing that gets me through the dark days of the off season is NASCAR. C’mon Billionaires make it happen! GO GATORS!!!

      • Thanks Vex-TJ. I need to look into that. I don’t know how I missed that. I know there is the Arena Football and Canadian Football and I watch those when nothing else is on. I am going to find a team to cheer for when I find out who is playing. Thanks again Vex. GO GATORS!!!

  2. Gator Ed. Two new pro football leagues coming that will make football year round. XFL (in the summer) and the league that Spurrier is involved with down in Orlando (in the spring). Brought to you by Billionaires, as you wished.

    • there aren’t a lot of reasons to expend a lot of thought in this game, but one of them is how well franks does with the michigan rush. he didn’t like it the first time, but there is reason to believe that he is going to do a lot better. we need to see some backups and others that will have to step up for the guys that are going to have to be replaced, and we need to get some other guys some feedback about where they might improve. also, no injuries if possible, and a good chance to practice and learn more about the schemes few of these players were recruited for.
      not the most exciting stuff, but its still the gators, hard to find anything better in the public sphere at least !

    • Kevin…No dude. Not the same. Hope Michigan thinks like you–because, if they do, they’ll be in for a big surprise. Unlike last season, now UF’s line can open holes. The Wolverines will have more to focus on than just rushing Franks. They’re going to have to worry about stopping the Gators’ multi-faceted running attack first, and this time Franks won’t have to hold onto the balll so long because he has receivers who know how to get open and catch. Michigan may be favored because they are higher rated, but UF is no pushover on the O-line or anywhere else. Better coaching staff and team and winning the Peach Bowl will be sweet, not sour. Now, go sit down and eat a peach and forget about last year.

  3. Kevin Patrick = ? Talking trash is one thing but when you have to jump from team to team to try to find a relevant scenario from which to attack another team that is truly sad. “oh yeah, my dad can beat up your dad. And if not, maybe my uncle can beat up your uncle. And if not,…” Florida is a much better team than it was at the beginning of the season and playing in the SEC always prepares a team to do heavy battle with a non-conference opponent. Michigan is deflated after the BLOW OUT at the hands of Ohio State where the game must have bored Urban Meyer so much that he is retiring. No fun in constantly pounding Michigan year after year. Michigan also had high hopes for the playoffs. Florida did not and has nothing to lose. Here is something relevant: 41-14 Go Gators!