Florida Gators Spring Game Could See Marketable Change

    The Florida Gators spring game could see a marketable change in 2016.

    January 20, 2016


    The Florida Gators may set a new trend when it comes to spring football games.

    According to Mark Long of the Associate Press, head coach Jim McElwain is exploring the idea of holding the annual scrimmage on Friday night this year. Instead of the traditional Saturday game, the Gators would take the field in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on the evening of Friday, April 8.

    As Long eludes to, the change would present Florida with a welcomed marketing opportunity, as there would be no competition from a TV broadcast standpoint. The spotlight, at least in terms of college football, would be solely focused on Florida’s budding program and one of college football’s finest venues

    For the fans, it would provide them with a much more bearable environment. “The Swamp” can be extremely hot and humid, even in the spring time, which deters a good amount of fans from attending the annual noon event — I can attest to this having attended UF for undergrad. 

    It’s hard to believe, but prior to McElwain’s arrival, the Florida football program had grown stagnant and failed to evolve with the times. His idea to move the spring game to Friday is just another sign of the Gators’ progression.

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