Florida Gators announce football attendance restrictions at The Swamp

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium’s capacity will be set at about 17,000.
The Florida Gators' Ben Hill Griffin Stadium will look very different this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Florida Gators' Ben Hill Griffin Stadium will look very different this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. [ St. Petersburg Times ]
Published Sep. 3, 2020|Updated Sep. 3, 2020

The Florida Gators will limit attendance at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to 17,000 fans because of the coronavirus pandemic, the university announced Thursday, about 20 percent of its capacity of 88,548.

UF will not allow tailgating on campus or spirit teams and cheerleaders on the sidelines. The Gator Walk — where the team passes through a long row of fans on their way from the bus to the stadium —won’t occur, either. And all spectators must wear face masks, including as they enter and exit the stadium.

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Detailed ticket information will likely be released next week, although UF has announced that it will only use mobile ticketing this season.

“As we have throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we worked hand in hand with UF Health, the SEC and its Medical Guidance Task Force, along with campus officials to create the safest environment possible for the student-athletes, staff, and fans,” athletic director Scott Stricklin said.

UF’s decision falls in line with the state’s two other major-conference programs; Florida State plans to limit crowds at Doak Campbell Stadium to 20-25 percent, and Miami will restrict attendance at Hard Rock Stadium to 13,000 (about 20 percent of its capacity). FSU plans to allow tailgating, while the Hurricanes do not.

USF and the Bucs announced recently that they will start the season without fans.

The Gators’ home opener is scheduled for Oct. 3 against South Carolina.

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