Gators schedule Football Fan Day

The Florida football team will meet fans and sign special team posters at the Verizon Wireless Football Fan Day on Sunday, Aug. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Admission is free and the Gate 1 doors of the O-Dome will open at 12:30 p.m.

Fans will have a chance to meet the players and coaches, and the University Athletic Association will provide a special 2010 team poster for player autographs. No outside items can be brought to the event and autographed due to NCAA compliance issues.

“Unfortunately, when players have signed various 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 expected high demand for autographs, lines will be monitored and closed to ensure fans are not waiting for autographs with no chance of reaching the table by the event’s conclusion.

The Bryan E. Kornblau Foyer, located in the James W. “Bill” Heavener Football Complex, will also be open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. that afternoon. Fans will able to view the trophy cases and hi-definition televisions, displaying highlights from the Gators’ national championships in 1996, 2006 and 2008, as well as the three crystal national championship trophies. Also on display are exact replicas of the three Heisman Trophies won by Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel and Tim Tebow and tributes to the Gators’ eight SEC Championship teams since 1991.