Do You Tailgate or Party at Home?

Football season is here and there’s nothing more fun than getting amped up for the big game with your friends! Generally this is best accomplished through eating gratuitous amounts of delicious, unhealthy food (no complaints here). But where do you prefer to have your raucous pre-game festivities? Are you an avid game attender or do you like to entertain at home, surrounded by the comforts of your own apartment?

There’s certainly an argument for both. Attending the game in person is exhilarating and the tailgating festivities are a serious tradition in the south – get up at the crack of dawn, get your food and beverages ready, and hang out for hours in the parking lot with your best blue and orange on! If you’re not a morning person, a perfectly good ritual can be had in the confines of your own cozy home. There won’t be as early of a start, you’ll have more time to prep before guests arrive, the weather can’t get you down, and you won’t need to use portable toilets!

So either way, here are some great ways to make the best of game day!

For the Tailgaters

 Country Living’s Easy Tailgating Recipes – 26 of them!

The Ultimate Southern Tailgate

The Monster List of Tailgating Games

The University of Florida Tailgating Guide


For the Apartment Party People

Food Network Game Day Party Ideas

8 Easy Game Day Snack Recipes!

Florida Gator Party Food

Be a Successful Host


Gator Homecoming Weekend

Love and support our Gators in an action packed weekend of activities.

Friday, November 8 – Gator Gallop: 2 mile fun run begins at Percy Beard Track and ends at SW 2nd Ave and SW 13th Street    Time: 11:30 a.m.

Friday, November 8 – Homecoming Parade Celebrates 90 yearsThe biggest and best student run parade in the country with over 100 floats, UF and local bands, dance teams and celebrities proudly show their Gator spirit.  Time: Noon     Where: from UF East on University Avenue to downtown

Friday, November 8 – Gator Growl: This homecoming tradition, the country’s biggest college pep rally, headlines The Fray and Sister Hazel.     Time:  8 p.m.    Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

Saturday: November 9 – Homecoming game with Vanderbilt

TimeNoon           WhereBen Hill Griffin stadium

Kick off the weekend with United Downtown

The free street party Friday nights before home games is a great time to enjoy downtown eateries, music at Bo Diddley Plaza and cheer on our Gators as they prepare for play before each home game in the Swamp on Saturday.   The next street party is October 4, 2013.  Come down and celebrate our great community, neighbors, and the love for Gator Football.  United in community and united in Gator football fever.

Where: SE 1st Street, Bo Diddley Plaza       FREE        Phone: 352-331-2800

Gator Volleyball in the O’Connell Center

SEC powerhouse volleyball teams, Florida and Tennessee, hit the hardwoods at noon on Saturday in the “O” Center’s main arena.  Cheer on the Gator volleyball team as they serve, spike the ball and dive for a save in the comfort of air conditioning.  Be there to cheer our Gators on to a netting win.

When: Saturday, September 14, 2013    Time: Noon

Phone: 352-392-5500

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Where: O’Connell Center, 2020 W. University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32611

Gator Football at Gator Tales Sports Bar

Meet your friends for the noon kick-off and cheer for the Orange and Blue while watching our Gators play the Miami Hurricanes on big screen televisions, in one of the three large separate entertainment areas: the Tiki Bar, Sports Bar and Swamp Bar.  A close up view of every play on a big screen, tasty food from the extensive menu and beverage selections satisy your taste buds, enjoying all of this with your friends, how good can that be?

Game Time: Noon, Saturday, September 7th   Phone: 352-376-9500

No Cover Charge

Gator Tales Sports Bar, 5112 NW 34th Street, Gainesville FL

Gator – Fall Sports Fan Day

Gator sports fans are eager to get the season rolling and off to a great start.  Support the amazing UF student athletes as the football and volleyball teams come together for a great fan day experience at the O’Connell Center.  The Gators are chomping to begin the action with you cheering them on.  You will be able to get autographs from players, coaches, and cheerleaders.  The Volleyball team will also hold their annual Orange and Blue scrimmage at 3:30 p.m.  Gate 1 Concession will be open.

Show your Gator spirit: Saturday,  August 17, 2013, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.   Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

For more information:

Phone: 352-392-5500   Admission is FREE

Main arena – O’Connell Center, 2020 W. University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32611

The Championship Series, Now through Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013

Gator football through the Lens of the Gainesville Sun – Rob Witzel, Gainesville Sun Photography Editor, curates this exhibit of three national Gator football championship seasons. This exhibition of 50 plus images captures the Gators at their finest in the 1996 national championship win over Florida State under coach Steve Spurrier; the 2006 national championship over Oklahoma, and 2008 national championship over Ohio State, were both under coach Urban Meyer. Currently showing: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 1 pm to 5 pm.   Exhibit is through Saturday, January 5th at the Thomas Center 302 NE Sixth Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32602  (352) 334-5064