Football fan day set for Aug. 17

The University of Florida football team will hold Alltel Football Fan Day on Sunday, August 17th from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Admission is free and the doors will open at 12:30 p.m.

Fans will be able to meet and get autographs from their favorite Gator players and coaches. The University Athletic Association will supply the 2008 Gator team posters for player autographs and cannot allow outside items to be brought in to the event due to NCAA compliance issues.

“Unfortunately when players have signed various autograph items such as helmets and footballs, they have on occasion been sold to the general public,” Senior Associate Athletics Director for Compliance Jamie McCloskey said. “This practice could put the eligibility of some of our student athletes into question. We want 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.”

Due to the high demand for many of the players’ and coaches’ autographs, the lines will be monitored and closed to ensure that fans are not waiting for autographs with no chance of reaching the signing table by the event’s conclusion.

The Gators kick off their 2008 season versus Hawaii on Saturday, August 30 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.