Florida Gators Overview

Fast facts

League: Division I (NCAA)

Head Coach: Todd Golden

Team Mascot: Albert E. Gator and Alberta Gator

Year Opened: 1980

Capacity: 10500

City / State: Gainesville / Florida

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

The Sunshine Showdown

Rival Team: Florida State Seminoles

The Gators and Seminoles have a fierce rivalry regardless of the sport, and basketball is no different. The two Florida schools have been battling on the court since 1951 and have played at least once each year since 1978. There are always a lot of bragging rights on the line when these two meet, so don’t miss it when the ‘Noles come to town.

Florida vs Kentucky

Rival Team: Kentucky Wildcats

While Kentucky may have a large lead in the overall series, there is usually a lot at stake when these two SEC rivals get together. The rivalry has produced many dramatic moments including the Gators 61-60 victory over the Wildcats in the 2014 SEC Conference Championship Game, so make sure to be in attendance when Kentucky comes to town.

Florida Gators Stadium Guide

In Game

Over the years the Gators basketball fans have received numerous accolades for their incredible support. The O’Connell Center is known as one of the most intimidating arenas in the country and was nicknamed the “House of Horrors” by ESPN Magazine in 1999. The atmosphere inside the O’Connell Center is one of the best in the country, so you’ll be in for a treat when attending a Gators basketball game.

In addition to the incredible atmosphere of the O’Connell Center, you’ll also find plenty to do before the game as well. On nearby West University Avenue, you’ll find a slew of bars and restaurants including The Swamp, The Brass Tap, and First Magnitude Brewing Company. You’ll also want to arrive at the arena early so you can visit Alligator Alley before the game and collect a few autographs from your favorite former Gators.

If you’re looking to experience an incredible in-game atmosphere as well as some excellent pre and post game entertainment than there are few better places to take in a game than the O’Connell Center.

Things to check out

Alligator Alley

Alligator Alley is your chance to take part in a variety of pre-game activities. Here you can enjoy music, win prizes, and get autographs from former Gators players, so make sure to check it out before the game.

Championship Banners

Hanging from the rafters of the O’Connell Center are banners honoring the Gators two national championship winning teams. Take in these banners during your trip to the O’Connell Center and remember all of your favorite Gators basketball moments.


The Florida Gators Dazzlers dance team performs at every Gators basketball game and will keep you entertained throughout the stoppages in play. These dancers perform a variety of spectacular moves, so don’t miss them when attending a game at the O’Connell Center.

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Albert and Alberta

Albert and Alberta are the mascots of the University of Florida. The couple is two alligators, which can be seen entertaining the crowd at a variety of different UF sporting events. Keep your eyes open for these fun mascots as you never know what they’ll do next.

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Rowdy Reptiles

The Florida student section was dubbed the “Rowdy Reptiles” by ESPN’s Dick Vitale in 2006, and with good reason as they are among the rowdiest student sections in the SEC. The Rowdy Reptiles give the Gators an incredible home court advantage and are a big part of what makes attending a Gators basketball game a great experience.

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Gator Chomp

Gators fans intimidate the opposition with their famous gator chomp hand motion. Extend your arms and close them in a chomping fashion to join in on this fun Gators tradition.

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Fight Songs

  1. The Orange and Blue

    On, brave old Flor-i-da,
    Just keep on marching on your way!…
    On, brave old Flor-i-da,
    And we will cheer you on your play!
    Rah! Rah! Rah!…

    And as you march a-long,
    We’ll sing our victory song anew…
    With all your might Go on and
    Fight Gators Fight for
    Dixie’s rightly proud of you…

    So give a cheer for the Orange and Blue,
    Waving for-ev-er, forever…
    Pride of old Flor-i-da,
    May she droop nev-er…
    We’ll sing a song for the flag to-day,
    Cheer for the team at play!
    On to the goal we’ll fight our way for Flor-i-da.

  2. We Are the Boys From Old Florida

    We are the boys from old Florida
    Where the girls are the fairest,
    The boys are the squarest
    Of any old state down our way

    We are all strong for old Florida
    Down where the old Gators play
    In all kinds of weather
    We’ll all stick together
    for F-L-O-R-I-D-A

  3. Alma Mater

    Florida, our Alma Mater,
    thy glorious name we praise.
    All thy loyal sons and daughters,
    a joyous song shall raise.
    Where palm and pine are blowing,
    where southern seas are flowing,
    Shine forth thy noble gothic walls,
    thy lovely vine clad halls.
    Neath the orange and blue victorious,
    our love shall never fail.
    There’s no other name so glorious,
    all hail, Florida, hail!

Florida Gators Bars & Restaurants

  1. The Social at Midtown

    The Social at Midtown

    With 32 craft beers on tap, unique handmade craft cocktails, as well as a full menu of delicious hand-crafted food, we are your go-to social destination, any day of the week.

    1728 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32603, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  2. Fat Daddy’s

    Fat Daddys

    A nice place to stop by and grab some cold drinks.

    1702 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32603, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  3. Swamp Head Brewery

    Swamp Head Brewery

    Our beers are like the world around us, often dependable, sometimes unexpected.

    3650 SW 42 Ave, Gainesville, FL 32608, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  4. The Top

    The Top

    Good Food, Good Folks, Good Times

    30 N Main St, Gainesville, FL 32601, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  5. The Swamp Restaurant

    The Swamp Restaurant

    Delicious food menu, amazing drinks, and nice friendly staff.

    1642 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32603, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  6. The Midnight

    The Midnight

    Craft Beer, Wine, and Great Food!

    223 S Main St, Gainesville, FL 32601, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  7. Mother’s Pub & Grill

    Mothers Pub Grill

    Home to 22 TVs including 3 Projector Screens. Showing all sporting events@

    1017 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $

  8. Salty Dog

    Salty Dog

    This place serves cold beers, fantastic drinks and they got really awesome bartenders!

    1712 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32603, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $

  9. Grog


    "A Gainesville tradition since 1996"

    1718 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32603, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  10. Blue Gill Quality Foods

    Blue Gill Quality Foods

    Our gorgeous copper top bar and spacious dining area make Blue Gill a great place for friends, family, and large parties to enjoy food inspired by southern style cooking.

    1310 SW 13th St, Gainesville, FL 32608, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  11. Durty Nelly’s

    Dirty Nelly bar

    Nelly's is by far the best Irish Bar in town featuring Irish Music through out the week. Many of the locals call Nelly's their place away from home.

    208 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  12. Pearl Country Store & Barbecue

    Pearl Country Store Barbecue

    "Convenience combined with country charm!"

    106 NE Hwy 441, Micanopy, FL 32667, USA


    Bar website

    bbq - $$

  13. Reggae Shack

    Reggae Shack

    Using cooking techniques, ingredients, and spices firmly based in Jamaican tradition!

    619 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  14. Relish

    Relish burger

    At Relish, we are all about living the dream that is basking in balmy sunlight on an ocean paradise, a fresh burger in one hand and a cold beer in the other.

    1702 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32603, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  15. Mi Apa Latin Cafe

    Mi Apa Latin Cafe

    Mi Apá specializes in delicious, authentic Cuban cuisine. Classic recipes are prepared the same way they have been for generations!

    114 SW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32607, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  16. Sonny’s BBQ

    Sonnys BBQ

    Slow smokin' in a fast-paced world.

    3635 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608, USA


    Bar website

    american - bbq - $$

  17. Peach Valley Cafè

    Peach Valley Cafe

    A place to come for delicious breakfast and lunch served with a friendly smile.

    3275 SW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32608, USA


    Bar website

    american - cafe - $$

  18. Italian Gator Pizza

    Italian Gator Pizza

    Great quality pizza at a reasonable price.

    1728 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32603, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $

  19. 4 Rivers Smokehouse

    Rivers Smokehouse

    Something savory, something sweet. More ways than one to get your fill.

    1600 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789, USA


    Bar website

    bbq - $$

  20. Ballyhoo Grill

    Ballyhoo Grill

    At Ballyhoo Grill we serve the freshest Seafood, Steaks, Oysters and Sushi available.

    3700 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32607, USA


    Bar website

    asian - steakhouse - $$

  21. Satchel’s Pizza

    Satchels Pizza

    Great food in a beautiful atmosphere!

    1800 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  22. Mark’s Prime Steakhouse

    Marks Prime Steakhouse

    Mark’s Prime Steakhouse has a goal to create a unique dining experience that will please the palate and soothe the soul.

    201 SE 2nd Ave #102, Gainesville, FL 32601, USA


    Bar website

    steakhouse - $$$