Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

American college football stadium of the University of Florida

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Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
"The Swamp"
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Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, 2015
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is located in Florida
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
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Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is located in the United States
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
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Former namesFlorida Field (1930–1989)
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field (1989–2016)
Location157 Gale Lemerand Drive, Gainesville, Florida 32611
Coordinates29°39′0″N 82°20′55″W / 29.65000°N 82.34861°W / 29.65000; -82.34861Coordinates: 29°39′0″N 82°20′55″W / 29.65000°N 82.34861°W / 29.65000; -82.34861
OperatorUniversity Athletic Association
Capacity88,548 (2003–present)[1]
83,000 (1991–2002)
72,000 (1982–1990)
62,800 (1966–1981)
46,164 (1960–1965)
40,116 (1950–1959)
21,769 (1930–1949)
Record attendance90,916[2]
SurfaceNatural grass (1930–1970)
Astroturf (1971–1989)
Bermuda grass (1990–present)[3]
Construction
Broke groundApril 16, 1930
OpenedNovember 8, 1930
Renovated2003, 2011, 2015, 2017
Expanded1950, 1960, 1966, 1982, 1991, 2003, 2008
Construction cost$118,000 (1930)($1,710,366.79 in 2017 dollars)
ArchitectRudolph Weaver[4]
Tenants
Florida Gators (NCAA) (1930–present)
Gator Bowl (NCAA) (1994)

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (in full Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium),[5] popularly known as "The Swamp", is the football stadium for the University of Florida's football team which is located on its Gainesville, Florida campus. The stadium was built in 1930 with a capacity of about 22,000, and has been expanded, renovated, and improved many times over the ensuing decades. Most of the football coach and administrative offices and the football team's training facilities have been under the south and west stands of Florida Field since the 1960s. In 2016, the University of Florida Athletic Association announced plans to build a $60 million stand-alone football facility which is scheduled to open in 2021.[6]

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is the largest football stadium in Florida, the 12th largest stadium in American college football, and the 18th largest stadium in the world, as measured by its official seating capacity of 88,548 – though, it has often held over 90,000 for Florida's home football games.

  1. ^ Cite error: The named reference gatorzonebhgs was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ Brew, Tom (November 28, 2015). "Florida Gators set Ben Hill Griffin attendance record in showdown with Seminoles". saturdaydownsouth.com. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  3. ^ "IFAS Second Annual Turfgrass Field Day" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 26, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2009.
  4. ^ Antonya English, "100 things about 100 years of Gator football Archived 2016-09-04 at the Wayback Machine", St. Petersburg Times (August 27, 2006). Retrieved September 29, 2011.
  5. ^ Spurrier's Name to be Added to Florida Field Retrieved June 9, 2016
  6. ^ "UF picks firm to design stand-alone football facility". gatorsports.com. February 22, 2017. Archived from the original on April 19, 2017. Retrieved April 18, 2017.

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