Florida-Alabama: what you need to know
GAINESVILLE, Fla – The Florida soccer team returns to the Swamp on Saturday as they take on Alabama Crimson Tide for the first SEC game of the year. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is back at full capacity, making some exciting changes to the Gators’ game day experience. Kick-off is set for 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
OPENING OF THE DOORS TWO HOURS BEFORE KICK-OFF
The gates of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium will open two hours before kick-off this season. Due to Gator Walk, Gates 7, 8 and 9 will open after the team enters the stadium. All other doors will be open two hours later.
JOIN ALL THE PRE-GAME FUN
Kick-off is set for 3:30 p.m. and the doors open two hours before. Fans are encouraged to show up early for all the revelry around the stadium returning this season. Tailgating, Gator Walk Village and Gators Fan Fest set the tone for the action in the swamp. To learn more about match day, pre-match activities, click HERE.
Once in the stadium, fans can enjoy connectivity with #GatorsWIFI, watch another game on the video scoreboards and make sure they are in place for all pre-game activities – Mr. Two Bits, mascot entrance and team entrance.
The Gators Dining Patio on the west side of the stadium will continue to offer additional concession options for our fans, including Tijuana Flats, 4 Rivers Smokehouse, and Chick-fil-A. Additional concession areas have been added to the north end of the stadium near the two propellers, which will alleviate lines and congestion in the main bowl.
West University Avenue, adjacent to Gator Walk Village, will feature the following food trucks ahead of the Florida-Alabama game.
- Kona ice cream
- Coriander Tacos
- Monsta Lobsta
- B’z Gelati
- Big Lee’s barbecue
- Mayflower Cellars
- Chili Wagon
- Popadop’s cuisine
Trucks will open three hours before kick-off.
SEC NATION GOES TO THE MARAIS
With a top-tier SEC match on the tab, fans should head to the Plaza of the Americas as the SEC Network’s traveling show. SEC country Completed by Aflac, will be in Gainesville to broadcast from the site of this year’s game between the Florida Gators and the Alabama Crimson Tide.
SEC Nation, co-hosted by Gators alumnus Laura Rutledge and Gators Great Tim Tebow, alongside Roman Harper, Jordan Rodgers and Paul Finebaum, will air live from 10 a.m. to noon on SEC Network.
Besides, Marty & McGee Presented by Old Trapper, will also make the trip to the swamp. Hosted by Marty Smith and Ryan McGee, the show will air Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The University of Florida campus will also house The Paul Finebaum Show presented by Johnsonville, with #FinebaumFriday live from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Above SEC country Traveling to Gainesville, FOX Sports will organize the Outkick College Football Bus Tour on campus. Clay Travis, special correspondent for FOX Sports’ pre-game college football show Big Noon Kickoff, will be seated outside the Florida Ballpark.
MOBILE TICKETS: A NEW CONVENIENT WAY TO ENTER BEN HILL GRIFFIN STADIUM
After enjoying all the pre-game sights and sounds, fans will now have a new way to enter Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. To improve security, reduce the risk of ticket fraud, and improve fan convenience, all Florida Gators sporting event tickets are accessible via a mobile device.
Below is the step-by-step process to access your mobile tickets:
- Download the Florida Gators app (App Store | google play).
- Log into your ticketing account.
- If you have never logged in before or if you do not remember your password, please click on the “Forgot your password?” link and a temporary password will be sent to your email address associated with your ticket account.
- Once logged in, your upcoming events will be displayed. Tap an event to view your tickets.
- Tap Show Barcode to view your barcodes and scan your tickets from your mobile device. On the app you can also immediately add your tickets to your wallet.
- Your phone is your ticket on match day! Add your tickets to your Apple Wallet or Google Pay account for added convenience. Screenshots of tickets will not be accepted.
- Fans can also check out the mobile ticketing guide for more information.
NO TICKETS? NO PROBLEM
The swamp will rock on Saturday, and although this is a sold-out match, fans can head to Ticket exchange, the official University of Florida Resale Ticket Exchange to verify game availability and future contests.
In addition to the ticket exchange, fans can still purchase season tickets that include seats for the game against the Crimson Tide. To order subscriptions, call 352.375.4683 and select the ticketing option.
COMMEMORATE YOUR TIME AT THE MARAIS
For fans who want to immortalize their time at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, commemorative tickets are now available to order. Exclusive 2021 Gators story pieces feature a unique photo of each 2021 home game, section / row / seat information, as well as the date, time and opponent of the game on one print of 3 x 7 inch metal foil. Memorial tickets are available for purchase through the Florida Gators app under the Game Day Hub or the Tickets tongue. Fans can also book their 2021 Gators Memorial Tickets HERE.
GAME DAY PARKING EASY WITH WAZE
To help you navigate all the excitement around the stadium on match days, the University Athletic Association has personalized the Waze Traffic app for the day of the match, including restricted streets on campus, availability of parking lots, appropriate parking entrances and the best route to the desired parking location.
Select a batch from your mobile device or desktop computer, and the Waze app will provide the best available route to the entrance to the destination.
BATCH NUMBER CHANGES
Fans are encouraged to arrive early for all pre-match activities starting 3 hours before kick-off, vehicle traffic will not be permitted until the end of the match on the following roads:
- Gale Lemerand Drive between University Avenue and Stadium Road.
- Stadium Road from Gale Lemerand Drive and Fletcher Drive.
- University Avenue between Gale Lemerand Drive and Northwest 17th Street (Buckman Dr.).
Construction around the campus, including the state-of-the-art James W. “Bill” Heavener football training center, has also resulted in road closures around the stadium this season.
New in 2021: Campus Roads closed due to construction
- Union Road from SW 13th Street.
- Museum Road from Newell Drive to McCarty Drive.
- Access to the campus at the intersection of Newell Drive at West University Avenue (west of Library West) is also closed due to construction.
Access to campus (three hours before kick-off):
- If you enter the campus from the intersection of Buckman Drive and West University Avenue, you will need a parking pass.
- Access to campus at the intersection of 13th Street and 2nd Avenue (towards Union Road towards Plaza of the Americas) is closed due to construction.
- You can only access the campus by 13th Street and Museum Road if you have parking cards for lots 12 or 104.
- There will be no game day traffic allowed on campus via Newell Drive and Archer Road (East of UF Health Shands Hospital).
- Museum Drive from Hull Road, in addition to Southwest 34th Street Radio Route, on Museum route will close and become a shuttle lane three hours before kickoff.
- In order to access Gale Lemerand promenade in the north of Museum route, you will need a barricade pass starting four hours before the game. Barricade passes are provided to boosters parking on lots 21, 25, 26 and N.
A limited number of unreserved lots are available on a first come, first served basis. These lots fill up quickly. Parking on grass and sidewalks is NOT permitted and any vehicle doing so may be towed.
For more information on match day parking, including RV parking and pitch identification, click HERE.
As public parking is very limited around the stadium, supporters can take advantage of the available shuttles. Game tickets can be purchased using the PASSPORT Transit app (App Store | google play) in advance, or on match day with a credit card. Tickets can also be at Park and Ride locations on match day with cash only. For more information on the shuttle, click HERE.
UF HEALTH AND GATORS PARTNER TO PROVIDE IMMUNIZATION OPPORTUNITY
Through a collaborative effort between UF Health and the Gators Athletics Department, fans will have the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine before the Florida soccer team faces Alabama. UF Health is offering a $ 25 Visa gift card and a free drink coupon for a vaccine. The opportunity to be vaccinated takes place between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. inside Gate 1 of the O’Connell Center and a valid football or volleyball ticket for Saturday’s game is required. Drink coupon is valid at the O’Connell Center concession stand.
STAY FRESH AND HYDRATED
The swamp environment can offer a unique advantage on the field. But in the stands, it’s important that fans stay cool and hydrated. With high temperatures expected at the start of the season, heat initiatives will be in place for the first four home games, including misting stations located throughout Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, free ice cream cups, and ice buses. cooling outside doors 2 and 13.
Fans are permitted to bring one empty, branded plastic water bottle, not larger than 20 oz. There are several water bottle filling stations inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Hydration stations are 125 gallon self-service water dispensers assisted by dedicated staff to assist with sanitation. This free option improves hydration for our customers and helps reduce plastic bottle waste. For more information on the hydration and cooling initiatives, click HERE.
In accordance with the UF Campus COVID protocol, we expect everyone to wear a mask at all times inside any UF facility, including our sports facilities, even if you are vaccinated. This includes our students, faculty, staff, suppliers and visitors. Disposable masks available at our Gator Guest Service kiosks if a fan is looking for one.
Dealership employees will wear gloves and masks and, where applicable, have plexiglass in place to reduce contact between employees and fans. Hand sanitizer readily available throughout the stadium.