Football Fan Day Set For August 10th

The University of Florida football team will hold the Alltel Football Fan Day on Sunday, August 10th from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Admission is free and Gate 1 of the O'Connell Center will open at 3:30 p.m.

Fans will be able to meet their favorite Gator players and a new feature this year is the Kids' Photo Zone. The cheerleaders will be sponsoring the event and children can put on a Gator football uniform and have their picture taken with Albert the Alligator. The cost of the photo will be five dollars, with profits benefiting UF cheerleaders.

The University Athletic Association will also be supplying the 2003 Gator team posters to fans in attendance for player autographs and are asking that no outside items be brought in. "Unfortunately when players have signed various autograph items such as helmets and footballs, they have on occasion been sold to the general public," Associate Athletics Director for Compliance Jamie McCloskey said. "This practice could put the eligibility of some of our student athletes into question. We are wanting to be proactive in this area and are asking our fans to cooperate with our policy of requesting an autograph on our team poster only. The poster should be for personal use only and not intended for sale." The Gators begin practice on August 6th and the sessions will be open to the public until August 16th. The 2003 season kicks off versus San Jose State on August 30th at 6 p.m. in The Swamp.

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