President accepts NFL offer of stadiums as vaccination sites
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – President Joe Biden says he plans to accept NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s offer to use all 30 NFL stadiums as mass COVID-19 vaccinations sites. Commissioner Goodell sent a letter to the president saying many of the stadiums should be able to get vaccination efforts moving quickly because of previous offers to use stadiums as virus testing centers and election sites. TIAA Bank Field has already hosted a vaccination site at Lot J. The Jacksonville Jaguars already have a plan in place at TIAA Bank Field to begin its transition into a COVID-19 vaccination site. AdBiden and Vice President Kamala Harris plan a virtual tour of the vaccination site at the Arizona Cardinals’ State Farm Stadium on Monday afternoon, according to the president’s public schedule.
UF ‘Swamp’ is now mass COVID-19 vaccination site
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – One of North Florida’s most recognizable stadiums has changed from filling with fans for Gator games to one of the area’s largest COVID-19 vaccination sites. On Friday, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium -- known popularly as “The Swamp” -- was being used for a COVID-19 vaccine “blitz.” Around 1,100 senior citizens were vaccinated there. UF Health and the Alachua County Health Department are teaming up for the mass vaccine event for Alachua County residents age 65 and older. GALLERY: UF ‘Swamp’ is now mass COVID-19 vaccination siteOfficials said they chose Ben Hill Griffin stadium because it’s big, just about everyone in the area knows where it is and it’s fairly easy to access. AdThey hope as more supply comes in that they can do mass vaccination events like this again and again.
UF’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to host vaccination event Friday
A sign on top of the stadium as the Florida Gators host the LSU Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 11, 2008 in Gainesville, Florida. The University of Florida’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium will go from a place where Gators quarterbacks take shots into the endzone to a place where seniors will get COVID-19 shots on Friday. By the end of the day, 1,000 Alachua County residents 65 and over are expected to be vaccinated. If you have an appointment, park in designated areas just north of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The Swamp isn’t the only venue where UF Health is working with the county health department.
Alabama showdown in Week 3 headlines Gators football schedule
A general view of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium during the third quarter of the Towson Tigers against the Florida Gators on Sept. 28, 2019 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida announced its football schedule on Wednesday, headlined by home games with Alabama and Florida State. The Gators open with a pair of nonconference opponents in Florida Atlantic and then on the road at South Florida before welcoming reigning national champion Alabama to Gainesville on Sept. 18. In addition to Alabama and rival Florida State, Florida will host Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Samford at home. Due to COVID-19, SEC teams played a conference-only schedule in 2020.
Gators Breakdown: Last look at 2020 and a look ahead to 2021
Florida running out of tunnel during the Gators' game against the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. / UAA Communications photo by Hannah WhiteThe 2020 college football season is over. A season that was in doubt at one point, had some good and some bad for the Florida Gators. David Waters and Will Miles (Read and Reaction) take one last look back at the 2020 season as they review their preseason predictions. Also, the guys where various publications rank the 2021 Florida squad in early rankings for next season. Get Gators Breakdown merchandise at https://www.ebay.com/str/gatorsbreakdownLISTEN: Catch up on previous episodes of Gators BreakdownFollow David Waters on Twitter @GatorDave_SEC to stay plugged in, or click one of the following to tune in:Megaphone | Apple Podcasts | YouTube | Google Podcasts | Stitcher
Jacksonville printing company helping fill The Swamp with Gators fans
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Even though COVID-19 restrictions will limit the capacity of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to 20% for the Florida Gators’ home opener against the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday, a Jacksonville printing company is helping fill the stands with fans. Since only around 17,000 fans can attend the game in person, Raintree Graphics was asked to make cutouts of fans. The cutouts will not only help with social distancing but allow fans to still be at The Swamp. “We’ve designed them to run 6 up on a big 5-foot-by-10-foot sheet, and we’re printing them on a flatbed printer.”Raintree Graphics was asked to make the cutouts of Florida Gators fans. (WJXT)As of Thursday, the company had made thousands of Gators fan cutouts.
Small fire causes scare at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville
A small fire billowed black smoke into the air Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, causing a brief stir near the University of Florida campus. Firefighters had it doused in less than 15 minutes, according to UF Police Lt. Jake Pruitt. Pruitt said a small tractor parked on a ramp on the south side of the stadium caught fire. Police got the call at 3:25 p.m., and the fire was out less than 15 minutes later, Pruitt said. The only damage was some black soot that was left on nearby columns of the stadium, Pruitt said.
No. 10 Florida hosts Vanderbilt, hopes to regroup from loss
Kyle Trask #11 of the Florida Gators celebrates after a game against the Auburn Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Gainesville, Florida. Florida could pose problems, especially after struggling to do much to disrupt Georgia's Jake Fromm a week ago. Florida running back Lamical Perine has been held under 70 yards in eight of nine games this season. Vanderbilt has fumbled four times, tying Alabama, Oregon State and Texas State for the fewest in the nation. With victories against Vanderbilt and then rival Florida State in three weeks, they would finish undefeated in the Swamp for the 14th time since 1990 and just the third time since 2010.
Florida QB Trask 'progressing along nicely' from knee injury
Kyle Trask #11 of the Florida Gators celebrates after a game against the Auburn Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida quarterback Kyle Trask said his sprained knee is "progressing along nicely.'' Trask injured his knee on a low hit by Auburn defensive lineman Marlon Davidson, who was shoved into Trask by left tackle Stone Forsythe. I think that's something, when you look at player safety, we've got to really pay attention. I know as a league everyone wants to preach player safety, player safety, player safety.
MONDAY HUDDLE: 5 takeaways from this weekend's football scene around the state
Lamical Perine #2 of the Florida Gators celebrates a touchdown during the game against the Tennessee Martin Skyhawks at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)Here are five takeaways from this past weekend's football action around the state. Rough start for pro teamsIt couldnt have been an uglier start to the season for the three NFL teams in the state. Florida State managed to win its first game of the season on Saturday but not in the manner many were expecting. After the game, Florida head coach Dan Mullen insinuated that the injury could be serious.
Some UF spring practices open to public
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida football team is scheduled to begin 2014 spring practices on March 19. Fans will be able to watch the football team nine times this spring:Wednesday, March 19Friday, March 21Saturday, March 22Monday, March 24Wednesday, March 26Monday, March 31Wednesday, April 2Friday, April 11Saturday, April 12 - Orange and Blue DebutSpring activities will conclude on April 12 with the Orange and Blue Debut, presented by Sunniland, at 1:30 p.m. in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Students, Gator Boosters, Alumni Association members and F Club members all receive free admission to the spring game. A limited supply of free tickets is also available at Florida Farm Bureau agents' offices. Tickets are currently available for $5 in the Gator ticket office at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium or can be ordered online at GatorZone.com/tickets.