Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is the place where Florida Gators fans come when their football team plays their game at home. The venue opened in 1930 with just over 21000 seats and through renovations and expansions it had reached the capacity of over 88000 with record attendance just being short of 91000. There’s obviously plenty of Florida Gators tickets around.
O’Connell Center is the home for the Gators basketball team among few other disciplines. With over 11000 seats available, the venue which opened in 1980 offers plenty of facilities and with the renovation scheduled for most of the 2016 the arena will definitely become a more desirable place to visit.
Florida Gators football program has its roots growing out of 1906 season whilst basketball arrived to the university just in time for 1915 season. The Gators were part of few conferences but since 1933 the college has been located in Southeastern Conference, NCAA Division I, and in SEC Eastern Division since 1992.
The program’s colours are blue and orange, the university is represented by a couple of anthropomorphic American alligators named Albert and Alberta. The Gators primary rivalries come from programs of Georgia Bulldogs, FSU Seminoles and Tennessee Volunteers.
Football program has had plenty of success through the years, the Gators claimed three national titles, among 8 conference championships and 11 divisional titles.
They had gone to 42 Bowl games, including their streak of 22 consecutive Bowl games that started in 1991 and came to end in 2012 making it the fifth longest in college football history. Their combined record is 21-21.
The university had produced three Heisman Trophy winners, all quarterbacks that never made a great career in NFL with the first Heisman winner Steve Spurrier who spent most of his NFL career as a back up with the 49ers. He later on had a better results as a college coach, winning plenty of awards.
The last Heisman trophy winner coming from Florida is Tim Tebow who was drafted by the Broncos in first round of 2010 draft but never materialised his college potential on pro fields becoming a free agent after two seasons in Denver and then spending a bit time with few other NFL teams, never really making a regular roster spot.
There have been many Gators becoming NFL players and there still currently are some among the pro ranks but basketball has not been falling behind as a success driving force; the Gators won two NCAA championships and made one more appearance in the top game. Altogether the program had reached NCAA tournaments 19 times, adding four conference tournament championships and seven conference regular season titles to their trophy cabinet.
There have been many players that transferred well from college into NBA expectations and altogether six Gators won NBA championships with Vernon Maxwell doing it twice with the Rockets.
In 2007 three Gators were drafted in the top 10 making it the very first time that in the history of NBA draft. There were also two more players picked in second round of the same draft.
It is quite evident that Florida serves well for growing athletes and there shouldn’t be a lack of Gators making successful transitions into professional sports like NBA or NFL.