|Ben Hill Griffin Stadium - Florida Field|
On football Saturdays, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field is the place to be. Also known as "the Swamp" where "only Gators come out alive," the stadium is home to the SEC powerhouse University of Florida Gator Football Team. It also is the site for high school state championship games each December.
The original football stadium, the lower half of the current stadium, was constructed in 1930. The completion of the South End Zone project in August of 1982 raised the seating capacity to over 72,000. The addition of the North End Zone in 1991 brought the capacity over 84,000 seats.
In August of 2003, the fifth renovation in the history of the stadium was completed and increased capacity to 88,548. The entire project cost $50 million and was built with no state money. The project made Florida Field the largest stadium in the state of Florida and one of the largest and loudest anywhere in the country.
Gator Growl, billed as the largest student-run pep rally in the world, is held
in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on the Friday night of Homecoming weekend. Students
and alumni gather together for a night of cheers, skits and top-notch comedians.
Robin Williams, Bill Cosby, Bob Hope, Jerry Seinfield and Rodney Dangerfield
are just a few of the comedians who have performed at Gator Growl.