Mark your calendar: October game vs. Missouri will be Florida Gators homecoming

Graham Hall
Gator Sports
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Florida football will host Missouri for the program's annual homecoming game, and first under head coach Billy Napier, on Saturday, Oct. 8, UF announced Thursday. 

The Gators previously hosted Missouri for homecoming during the 2018 season, with the Tigers securing the 38-17 victory, which marked one of Florida's three losses on the season in former coach Dan Mullen's first season with the program. Last season, the Gators secured a 42-0 victory over Vanderbilt on homecoming.

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Florida running back Dameon Pierce (27) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium during the 2021 UF homecoming game.

The all-time series between Florida and Missouri began in 1965, though it's become an annual event since the Tigers joined the Southeastern Conference. Heading into the 2022 season, the series is tied at 5-5. 

Single-game Florida Gators football tickets for the 2022 season go on sale June 21. 

Themes announced for rest of Gators' home games

In addition to the announcement of the program's homecoming opponent, Florida announced the theme for each of the team's seven home games this season. 

The season opener against Utah, scheduled for Sept. 3 at 7 p.m., is Essential Workers Night at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, presented by UF Health. UF will honor frontline employees who have worked during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the UAA will donate a ticket to local individuals in essential worker roles with each ticket purchased. 

The following week, UF's Sept. 10 contest against Kentucky, is Championship Reunion Weekend. The University Athletic Association "invites members of select UF championship teams back to campus to be remembered, saluted and cheered," according to a UAA release. 

The Sept. 17 contest against South Florida is UF Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night. UF Faculty and staff members can receive up to 20 percent off tickets for the game, scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Florida's first-ever matchup with Eastern Washington on Oct. 1 at noon is scheduled to be Family Weekend at UF, followed by homecoming against Missouri. 

The Oct. 15 matchup with LSU has been dubbed Tom Petty Day at The Swamp to mark the fifth anniversary of "I Won’t Back Down" being played at the end of the third quarter during home games. Florida is planning to celebrate the famous Gainesville native throughout the day, and UF plans to unveil a "special, co-branded line of merchandise in tribute of music icon Tom Petty and the Gators" in the build-up to the contest and on game day. Kick-off time has yet to be announced for the Florida-LSU matchup.  

The theme of Florida's final home game, the Nov. 12 contest with South Carolina, is Saluting Those Who Serve. The UAA plans to honor members of the armed forces, veterans and local first responders, and for each ticket purchased, the UAA will donate a South Carolina game ticket to a local military hero.

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