Complete Fan Guide to Orange & Blue Game

posted by Seth Harp -

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – It's going to be a sun's-out, fun Saturday on April 14 for the 2018 Orange & Blue Game, presented by Sunniland. Gator Nation has been encouraged to "Pack The Swamp" as new head coach Dan Mullen ushers in a new era of Florida football at 3 p.m. ET on that day. With free admission and the game being played on a Saturday afternoon for the first time since 2015, fans can expect to experience a real Gators game day.  The North lawn outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium will feature many new and renovated ideas from previous years:

  • Gator Walk
    • Former players and their families will participate in Gator Walk with team at 1 p.m. 
  • Gator Walk Village
    • Pep rally at the end of Gator Walk with Coach Mullen addressing the crowd
    • Tailgate Guys tents in the North Endzone
  • BUBBA Burger Fan Fest
  • Gator Walk Garden
    • Controlled environment with appropriate oversight that includes the sale of national brand and local beer options
      • Opens at noon and closes at 2:45 p.m.
  • Big Green Egg Cookoff Contest
  • Great Gator Yard Sale of Gator Gear
    • Located at Gate 9
  • Food Trucks (listed below) Located on the North end of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium will open at noon
    • Soup to Nuts; Mayflower Cellars; Latin American Fusion; Dank Cakes; Kona Ice; Monsta Lobsta

Meanwhile inside The Swamp during the game, fans are encouraged to participate & help create a fall gameday atmosphere:

  • The Pride of Sunshine
    • Florida's Marching Band will be in attendance and play throughout the game from the stands
  • Davis Chevrolet Football Challenge Halftime Contest
    • One lucky fan will be selected to participate, but they must enter during at Fan Fest under the Davis Chevrolet tent.
    • That individual will throw balls at a target located in the bed of the Silverado to win various prizes. If he or she hits it from the final distance, than they will win the vehicle.
    • Prize contest rules can be found here.
  • Halftime Student Contest
    • Entry Process:
      • The first ten student groups to register will be granted a team. In addition, two alternates will be selected.
        • Check-In:
          • If selected, that group must check-in at a table located behind Section A. The entire student group must be present in order to check-in and participate.
            • That process will begin with eight minutes left in the second quarter.
    • Contests Include:
    • Dizzy Bat Race - Middle North Starting at 10 Yard Line
    • Water Balloon Toss – Northwest Corner
    • Obstacle Course – Southwest Corner
    • Punt Contest – Northeast Corner
      • All contestants will compete the punt contest individually, as a Gators Football Punter will kick a ball from the back of the Northeast Endzone to the waiting contestant at the 30 yard line. If the contestant catches the punt, they will earn 10 points.
    • Scoring:
    • The Top 3 finishers on each event will earn the following number of points for their team.
      • 3rd: 5 points
      • 2nd: 8 points
      • 1st: 10 points
  • The Gators will enter the field for the game through the SEZ tunnel just as they would for a game in the fall
  • The teams will have split sidelines with #TeamOrange on one sideline & #TeamBlue on the other
  • The format of the game will be four quarters, with the first half running exactly like a regular game
    • The second half will feature a running clock in order to finish the contest by 5 p.m.
  • Fans wanting a little extra from their trip to the Swamp can walk the field following the game through Gator Upgrades

 

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