The spending will include a onetime $6 million guarantee for the Gators football program playing Michigan in the AdvoCare Classic in Dallas to start the season in 2017. All of that guarantee will go to the football program and to help fund the fan experience for home games.
One of the fun additions with the new budget will be the instillation of the same type projection screen that Florida used in the new O’Connell Center in the pregame in the home game against Kentucky this past season. The pregame lead in was a big hit among fans and should enhance the experience quite a bit in upcoming seasons.
One of the key areas that new Athletics Director Scott Stricklin has pushed is the fan experience for all Gator sports. With that in mind, the Board of Directors approved the addition of new LED ribbon boards that will wrap around the end zones in The Swamp, plus more scoreboards and drink rails in the end zone area of the stadium.
The Swimming and Diving teams will also benefit from the new budget with a new scoreboard.