University of Florida
Gainesville is the home of the Florida Gators. And through recent history, Gator Nation has had a lot to be proud of, including back-to-back National Championships in basketball and three National Championships in football. And nowhere is Gator pride on better display than Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, most commonly known as The Swamp. From the Gator Chomp to Mr. Two Bits to “We Are the Boys,” Gator fans will always pack The Swamp to cheer for their Orange and Blue.
Nickname:
Gators
Top Rivals:
Florida State University, University of Georgia
Style Facts:
The roots of UF’s orange and blue can be traced back to the Buckman Act of 1905, which established the University of Florida. Two of the existing schools that merged to form UF were Florida Agricultural College, whose colors were blue and white, and East Florida Seminary, whose colors were orange and black. Shortly after the merger, Florida’s athletic squads adopted orange and blue as their team colors.