UF baseball's Florida Ballpark renamed Condron Ballpark in honor of Gary Condron
Florida Ballpark has been renamed Condron Ballpark in honor of Gary Condron, a former UF graduate and the largest single financial donor in Gator Boosters history.
Florida will reveal the name change prior to Friday’s 6:30 p.m. contest with No. 1-ranked Tennessee. Condron will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The $65-million ballpark, which features a 360-degree concourse, opened prior to the 2021 season and brought shade to the fans, grass berms and improved concession options.
Gary Condron was Gators baseball team walk-on
Since moving from Alfred A. McKethan Stadium to what is now known as Condron Ballpark, the Gators have a 43-14 record at home.
Condron's name should be familiar to Florida fans. UF's indoor practice facility, located on SW 2nd Avenue, officially bears the name of Gary Condron Indoor Practice Facility.
A former walk-on for the Florida baseball team, Condron has donated approximately $30 million to the university for a variety of projects, according to the University Athletic Association.
“Few Gators are as loyal and dedicated to the University of Florida as Gary,” athletic director Scott Stricklin said. “He credits much of his success to his time at UF, and in turn has been incredibly generous in giving back in support of his beloved Gators. That support, combined with Gary’s history as a former Gator baseball player, makes it a natural fit for the Condron Family name to forever adorn the home of Florida baseball.”
Condron, a 1976 Florida graduate is the founder and CEO of The Conlan Company.
“I could have never dreamed in my life that the Gators would be playing in a ballpark that has my name associated to it in any way, shape, or form,” Condron said. “It’s an honor. I couldn’t be more proud, and happy for my family and proud for the Gators.
And I’m really excited for my kids when they bring their kids to that stadium,’’ Condron said. “That’s what I’m most excited about.”