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Encyclopedia > Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
at Florida Field
"The Swamp"
View from the south endzone

Location University Ave & Gale Lemerand Dr, Gainesville, Florida 32604
Broke ground 1930
Opened 1930
Owner University of Florida
Operator University of Florida
Surface Natural Grass
Former names Florida Field (1930-1989)
Tenants
Florida Gators (NCAA) (1930-Present)
Tangerine Bowl (NCAA) (1973)
Gator Bowl (NCAA) (1994)
Capacity
88,548 (capacity)
90,716 (largest crowd) [1]

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field (aka The Swamp) is the American football stadium for the University of Florida’s football team, nicknamed the Gators. The stadium and the university are located in Gainesville, Florida. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (8890x2457, 4687 KB) The Swamp File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Location of Gainesville, Florida Coordinates: , Country State County Alachua Incorporated (city) 15 April 1869 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan  - City Manager Russ Blackburn Area [1]  - City  49. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The University of Florida (Florida, UFL, or UF) is a public land-grant, space-grant, research university located in Gainesville, Florida. ... The University of Florida (Florida, UFL, or UF) is a public land-grant, space-grant, research university located in Gainesville, Florida. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Florida Gators is the team name used for all of the intercollegiate athletic teams that play for the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Capital One Bowl is an annual college football bowl game played in Orlando, Florida at the Citrus Bowl, and previously known as the Tangerine Bowl (1947-1982) and the Florida Citrus Bowl (1983-2001). ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... The Toyota Gator Bowl is an annual college football bowl game that is played at ALLTEL Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Telstra Stadium in Sydney, Australia is capable of being converted from a rectangular rugby football field to an oval for cricket and Australian rules football games This article is about the building type. ... The University of Florida (Florida, UFL, or UF) is a public land-grant, space-grant, research university located in Gainesville, Florida. ... Head Coach Urban Meyer 3rd Year, 22-4 Home Stadium Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Capacity 92,000 aprx. ... Location of Gainesville, Florida Coordinates: , Country State County Alachua Incorporated (city) 15 April 1869 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan  - City Manager Russ Blackburn Area [1]  - City  49. ...


The stadium is on the northern edge of the UF campus, bordered by West University Avenue on the north side, Gale Lemerand Drive (still called North-South Drive by many a Gator fan) on the west side, and Stadium Road on the south side. On the east side are the Racquet Club fitness center and Florida Gym as well as Murphree Hall, one of the oldest buildings on campus. Across Gale Lemerand (North-South) are the Stephen C. O'Connell Center, home of the UF basketball, gymnastics, and volleyball teams, and the football team’s practice facilities. Just beyond is Alfred A. McKethan Stadium, home of the UF baseball team. The Stephen C. OConnell Center, popularly nicknamed the O-Dome is a 12,000-seat multi-purpose arena at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. ... Alfred A. McKethan Stadium is the baseball stadium for the Florida Gators. ...


The Florida Gator football team has played all of their home games on Florida Field with very few exceptions since 1930. The most notable example is the annual contest against the Georgia Bulldogs, which has been played in Jacksonville, Florida almost every year since the 1930s. Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... University of Georgia athletics logo The University of Georgia (UGA) has one of the nations top athletic programs, competing in the Southeastern Conference. ... The Worlds Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party is a common name for the annual college football game between the University of Florida Gators and the University of Georgia Bulldogs, one of the great rivalries in college football; it is officially known as the Georgia-Florida/Florida-Georgia Game (switching every... “Jacksonville” redirects here. ...

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Stadium History

“Florida Field” (as it was first known) was completed in 1930. It was built in a shallow ravine (possibly an old sinkhole), so almost all of the original stands were below ground level. Comprising approximately of the lower half of today’s east and west stands, the capacity was about 22,000. In 1934, the stadium was rededicated to the memory of Florida servicemen who died in the first World War, and a plaque was placed on the outside wall behind the old north endzone as a memorial. Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ...


Over the years, Florida Field has undergone many renovations, almost always adding more seats. First the west stands were expanded in 1949, then the east stands were expanded and bleachers added to the south endzone in 1968. With the enclosure of the south endzone in 1982, the north endzone in 1991, and expanded club seats and luxury boxes in 2003, the stadium had grown to be the largest sports facility in the state of Florida. The official current capacity is over 88,000, though the actual average attendance since the last stadium expansion has been over 90,000.[2]


The field surface has also changed over the years. In 1971, artificial turf was installed and was quickly nicknamed "Doug's Rug" for then-coach Doug Dickey. The artificial surface remained until 1990, when newly hired coach Steve Spurrier insisted it be removed and replaced with natural grass. [3] Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Stephen Orr Spurrier (born April 20, 1945 in Miami Beach, Florida) is a former American football player and currently the head coach of the University of South Carolina football team. ...

The Swamp on gameday, November 11, 2006.
The Swamp on gameday, November 11, 2006.

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Many Names

In 1989, the stadium was renamed in honor of citrus grower and large University of Florida benefactor Ben Hill Griffin, Jr.. The name of the playing surface, however, officially remained Florida Field. Ben Hill Griffin, Jr. ...


Currently, the stadium is probably best known as “The Swamp”. In the early 90s, then-Coach Steve Spurrier noted that "...a swamp is where Gators live. We feel comfortable there, but we hope our opponents feel tentative. A swamp is hot and sticky and can be dangerous. Only Gators get out alive." [4] The name has stuck ever since.

The crowd at the Swamp is loud. involved, and close to the action
The crowd at the Swamp is loud. involved, and close to the action

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Home Field Advantage

Florida Field has acquired a reputation for being a very difficult place for opposing teams to play. There are several reasons for this.


For one, The Swamp lives up to its nickname. Game-day temperatures at field level have been known to exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius) with high humidity. (This was the impetus for a University of Florida researcher to develop Gatorade as a way to combat dehydration.) Teams from cooler climes sometimes wither in the heat, while the Florida players have become accustomed to it due to daily practices. Gatorade is a non-carbonated sports drink marketed by the Quaker Oats Company, a division of PepsiCo. ...


The heat is compounded by the stadium design. The various expansions over the years have enclosed the playing area on all sides with steep stands, cutting off the breeze and giving the playing surface a closed-in, claustrophobic feel and bringing the fans to within a few feet of the action.


Those fans are probably the main ingredient in the Gators’ home field advantage. Gator fans are loyal, having sold out every home contest since 1979, a span of 109 games and the 4th longest such streak in the nation. [5] In team sports, a team representing a city or a region is to be that areas home team. ...


They are also loud. The exuberance of the crowd combined with their proximity and the bowled-in shape of the stadium concentrate the noise at field level, making The Swamp one of the loudest stadiums in sports. [6]


Combined, these factors create an intimidating environment which can rattle and disrupt opposing teams, making it difficult to hear playcalls and execute assignments. Florida Field has been repeatedly ranked by various publications as being the toughest stadium to play for opposing teams.[7] [8] [9] In EA Sports' college football video game franchise, NCAA Football, The Swamp has been ranked as the #1 toughest place to play in every version in which home field advantage has been included. [10] current EA Sports logo EA Sports is a brand name used by Electronic Arts since 1993 to distribute games based on sports. ... A college football game between Colorado State University and the Air Force Academy. ...


The Gators’ stellar performance at home illustrates the effect. Florida enjoyed a 68-5 record in The Swamp under Head Coach Steve Spurrier (1990-2001) and are undefeated at home during Coach Urban Meyer's tenure, currently at 17-0 as of September 15, 2007. Urban F. Meyer (born July 10, 1964 in Ashtabula, Ohio) is currently the head football coach at the University of Florida. ... is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Florida Field Traditions

A view of the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium skyboxes, completed in 2003.
A view of the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium skyboxes, completed in 2003.

As with many other college football venues, the Swamp has many unique features and gameday traditions: Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ...

  • Commemorated on the facade of the south endzone are the years of each of the team's Southeastern Conference championships and its 1996 & 2006 National Championships. Also honored on the façade are tributes to the school's two Heisman Trophy winners, Steve Spurrier and Danny Wuerffel.
  • Painted on the four corners of the stadium are large messages stating "This is... THE SWAMP" (previously read “…FLORIDA FIELD” before the mid-90s), "This is... GATOR COUNTRY", and “Home of the… FLORIDA GATORS.”
Albert and Alberta with the Pride of the Sunshine band pregame in 2005
Albert and Alberta with the Pride of the Sunshine band pregame in 2005
  • Entertainment on game days includes the "Pride of the Sunshine", the University of Florida's Fightin' Gator Marching Band. The Pride was the first marching band in Florida. For many years, it was known for its very large bass drum, known as the "Biggest Boom in Dixie." It plays the Gator fight song, "Orange and Blue," after every Gator score.
  • Albert and Alberta, the only mascot couple in major college sports.
  • Right before the team enters the field, a short intro is played on the large video screens. A group of (real) alligators are shown gathering in a murky swamp while ominous music plays. Then the camera zooms in to the gaping jaws of a large alligator while a deep voice intones "The Swamp...Only Gators get out alive!" as the football team takes the field and the crows roars.
  • Jim Finch, the public address announcer at the stadium from 1966 through 2001, was known for his famously long "Heeeeeeeeeeeeeere come the Gators!" call delivered in powerful baritone as the home team ran onto the field before the game, and for his even-handed and professional style of announcing the plays during the game. Finch passed away in 2002, but an audio recording of his distinctive entrance call has been used since.
  • George Edmondson ("Mr. Two Bits"), wearing his trademark yellow super oxford shirt, blue seersucker trousers, orange-and-blue tie, and black-and-white saddle shoes, travels around the stands leading fans in the old "Two Bits" cheer ("Two bits! Four bits! Six bits! A dollar! All for the Gators, stand up and holler!"). Edmondson began the tradition in 1949 and continued until his semi-retirement in 1998. However, he can't seem to stay in his seat, as he still makes at least one trip around the Swamp to lead various sections in the cheer during most games.
  • Fans swing and sway by rows singing "We are the Boys from Old Florida" at the end of the third quarter. (The University of Florida was a men's school from 1905 to 1947.)
  • Gator fans join in on shout-outs and chants such as "ORANGE" (yelled by the East and South stands) and "BLUE" (yelled by the West and North stands). During the pre-game, this cheer is led by "Mike Man", a former male cheerleader from the 1980s who has never given up the job.
  • For many years, the ship's bell of the battleship USS Florida was mounted at the North End Zone wall of the stadium, to be rung by a nearby fan immediately upon the conclusion of a Gator victory. After the North End Zone expansion in 1991, the bell was moved to the North End Zone Concourse for display, but its ringer was removed.

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Other Events

Even big-time college football teams play only 6 or 7 home games per season. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is mainly a place for fitness-motivated students to jog or run stadium steps during the time when no events are scheduled. However, the stadium does occasionally host events other than Florida Gators football. Head Coach Urban Meyer 3rd Year, 22-4 Home Stadium Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Capacity 92,000 aprx. ...

  • Florida Field was once a busy concert venue. Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Elton John are among the performers who held concerts at the stadium in the past. However, these events have been much less common recently. The university, wary of damage to the turf or the facility in general, has chosen to focus on keeping the stadium ready for sporting events. The last concert held in The Swamp featured the Rolling Stones in 1994.[13]
  • Next year, Florida Field will host a new home team, but fans will see many familiar faces. The stadium will be the home field for Team Florida, a charter member of the new All American Football League, a spring league that seeks to tap into fan interest in college football by creating tie-ins with local schools. For example, Team Florida's roster will include many former Gators along with players from other in-state schools such as Florida State, Miami, and South Florida. They will be coached by former Florida quarterback Shane Matthews. [14]
Team Florida is scheduled to play three home games in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and two more in another in-state location.[15]

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References

  1. ^ http://gatorzone.com/facilities/?venue=swamp&sport=footb
  2. ^ http://gatorzone.com/facilities/?venue=swamp&sport=footb
  3. ^ http://www.sptimes.com/2006/08/27/Sports/100_things_about_100_.shtml
  4. ^ http://www.sptimes.com/2006/08/27/Sports/100_things_about_100_.shtml
  5. ^ http://gatorzone.com/facilities/?venue=swamp&sport=footb
  6. ^ http://www.gatorzone.com/insidefootball/?sub=facilities&page=swamp
  7. ^ http://espn.go.com/melkiper/s/2002/0711/1404492.html
  8. ^ http://robots.cnnsi.com/2005/sioncampus/09/22/home.field/
  9. ^ http://community.foxsports.com/blogs/fatphil06/Neyland_Stadium/35202
  10. ^ http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/794/794559p2.html
  11. ^ http://www.gatorgrowl.org/home.php
  12. ^ http://www.fhsaa.org/fb/
  13. ^ http://search.gainesville.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040711/LOCAL/207110309&SearchID=73188856844613
  14. ^ http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070906/SPORTS/709060335/1002/SPORTS
  15. ^ http://www.allamericanfootballleague.com

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Ben Hill Griffin Stadium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1118 words)
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field is the American football stadium for the University of Florida college team, and is located in Gainesville, Florida.
The stadium was renamed in 1989 in honor of legendary citrus grower and University of Florida benefactor Ben Hill Griffin, Jr.
The stadium is located in the central part of the north side of campus, bordered by West University Avenue on the north side, Gale Lemerand Drive (still called North-South Drive by many a Gator fan) on the west side, and Stadium Drive on the south side.
Meyer Sound News : Meyer Sound Outfits Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Home of the Florida Gators (428 words)
Built in 1930, Gainesville, Fla.'s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, affectionately referred to as "the Swamp" by local fans, is the home of the championship University of Florida Gators football team.
Over the years, the stadium has benefited from a number of expansion projects, most recently a 2003 renovation that increased capacity to over 88,000 seats, making it the largest — and loudest — stadium in the state.
Griffin Stadium now boasts a new high-resolution video screen at the south end zone, which is complemented by a state-of-the-art audio system from Meyer Sound.
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