Bringing toddler to UF game...

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    Anyone have any experience bringing a toddler to a game at the swamp? Thinking of bringing my 19th month old to the game this weekend. We take him to Tampa Bay Bucs games all the time and he does well with the crowds there.

    Do they make him have a ticket or let them in for free under 2 years old? Any other tips from experience? We sit in front row of recent alumni section, so no one in front of us, just a wall. Would buy him a single ticket somewhere else and just sneak him to our section as he will be a lap sitter.

    Any help or tips are appreciated.
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    I have no kids. My first one's due in Nov. My opinion is that taking a 2 yr old to a football game in 95 degree heat is crazy as hell. Just this guy's opinion, though.
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    You do need a ticket.

    I take mine from time to time, but I usually shoot for a November game, and try to pick a crappy team.

    It is going to be brutally hot Saturday.
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    Loudness of the stadium may scare child, depending on personality, and probably too hot for a day game. Can become dehydrated quickly. Don't know ticketing policy, but probably much like air travel from a ticketing perspective.
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    My youngest is 3. Haven't taken him to a game yet. Maybe next year. He loves football already...but without a real seat to contain him...I'd wait. Bleachers vs. Seats is a factor to me.

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    Baby sitter TIME.

    Keep baby out of the crowd, the heat, and the sun and enjoy the game. You don't want to be changing diapers in the Swamp. Baby will be miserable and you will be miserable....
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    I think UF policy is a ticket for everyone.

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    Correct.

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    Everyone needs a ticket.

    19 months is a little young for UT in my opinion, but you know what your kid can handle.

    My oldest (now 7) has been to several games with me, but when he was under 5 I made sure it was a directional non-conference opponent and planned to leave early. Even now, I avoid taking him to really late games.
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    Baby sitter... Too hot and too loud for someone so small and young.
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    I have gone with my friend, his wife, and their daughter to a game the last 2 years. The daughter was 2.5 last year and we went to the KY game, which was one of the hottest games I have ever attended and no one was happy anyhow. She didn't make it very long and my friend had to take her underneath to get out of the sun, where she somehow promptly managed to take a nap. His wife was was 8 months pregnant at the time and complained less than anyone.

    This year his wife and daughter joined us for the Toledo game at 3.5 and was much happier, with no diapers and it not being as hot and made it til the 4th quarter and showed no signs of slowing down.

    I can't say not to bring your kid, but I'd consider waiting until next year.
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    We brought our 11 month old to one a few years back. We needed a ticket. We had access to the Bull Gator deck and Champions club it got hot and the game was in November. FIU I think. Not my greatest memory. I am with the others too hot for this Saturday unless you get shade by or before halftime.
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    I guess it will make a great photo opportunity for later in life, so he can show everyone that he's been going to Gator games since before he even had any idea what was happening.

    But that's the thing, though. He doesn't even know what's happening. So why bring him?

    Other than for photo ops and to save money on a babysitter, I don't much see the point of bringing babies or real little kids to places like sporting events, concerts, amusement parks, festivals, etc., where all it does is make it harder for the parents to relax and enjoy themselves and meanwhile the kid is totally oblivious to what's going on and won't remember it later.
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    As a veteran of having taken my son to both Bucs and Gators games (starting at around 5), I just wouldn't do it.
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    bring the child to ga southern game later in the year---not very hot, fewer fans, not as loud and rowdy
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    done it once. regretted it the whole time.
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    My son went to orange blue game at 4. First game I took him to was that following Nov. He was 5.

    Going camping Friday night and than taking him to his first BIG game this weekend. He's 7 now.

    No way I would ever take a toddler to a game. But that's just me. I want to enjoy the game without worrying about changing a diaper. :)
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    Take Max's cue as a voice of reason, along with the others who have suggested that you not do this yet. I am a former elementary school teacher and now in the teacher education profession. Developmental abilities and capacities are a large part of my work. IMO children should be age six (first grade) before attending a game in the Swamp. Some younger children may handle it better than others, but six is a good age to get started.
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    Don't look now but I think we have a totally unanimous consensus forming in this thread. You don't see that every day!

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