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Gators planning on full attendance at the Swamp this season

Florida announced Monday that it will transition to full in-person attendance, including fans in stadiums.
The Gators' Ben Hill Griffin Stadium can fill up this football season under new guidelines from UF.
The Gators' Ben Hill Griffin Stadium can fill up this football season under new guidelines from UF. [ Tampa Bay Times ]
Published May 17
Updated May 17

The Florida Gators are planning on having full attendance this football season at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

UF said Monday that the school will resume “full in-person participation in athletic and other activities on our campuses, including fan participation in stadiums and arenas.” The news came during an announcement of other changes related to the coronavirus pandemic, including an updated guideline that masks are now optional.

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium was limited to 20 percent capacity (about 17,000 fans) last year. The stadium’s official capacity is 88,548.

The announcement will no doubt please coach Dan Mullen, who made headlines last year when he called for UF fans to pack the stadium, even as the pandemic raged throughout the country. Earlier this spring, he seemed optimistic about the chances for a full stadium.

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“I think hopefully we’re able to get back to some normalcy in the fall when we hit the field again and I think all the Gator Nation is going to be excited…” Mullen said. “They’re desperate to get back into the stadium and to go experience Saturdays in The Swamp. And so, hopefully through all the precautions and everything going on we’re able to stay safe and we’re able to fill the stadium this fall.”

The Gators pounced on the news on social media by promoting season tickets.

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