Homecoming has come and gone again!
Each year, UF students enjoy a week-long lineup of events to celebrate the return of alumni to campus. Homecoming General Chair Lauren Adler, a senior accounting student in the 3/2 program who has been involved in Homecoming activities since her freshman year, said her favorite part was, “seeing alumni, faculty, and students all come together for the purpose of appreciating Gainesville and the University of Florida.”
The week culminates with Gator Growl, the largest student-run pep-rally in the nation. Gator Growl has been dazzling crowds since 1924; after comedy skits were added in 1932, Gator Growl itineraries have typically included musical and comedic entertainers, Gator athletics and performances by UF’s Cheerleaders, Dazzlers and Pride of the Sunshine Marching Band. Last year, guest artists Walk the Moon and TY Dolla Sign took the stage with a fabulous musical performance.
This year, the theme was “This is Gator Country.” Students and alumni got excited for Chase Rice and country band LANCO at Flavet Field on Friday, October 4, 2019. UF alum, comedian and YouTube star Scooter Magruder hosted the evening’s events, showing off his famous football play-by-plays and skits that have attracted millions of viewers.
Director of Gator Growl Corben Champoux, a senior in the combined business degree program, said that the inspiration for the event came from the famous Steve Spurrier phrase. “To me, Gator Growl is one of those experiences that defines being a Gator so my goal for this year was to bring everyone out to Flavet and give them that experience,” said Champoux.
After the dust had settled from Friday night’s festivities, nearly 90,000 fans gathered in The Swamp on Saturday to cheer for the Gators during the homecoming game against Auburn. Between a Gator win and a visit from ESPN’s College Gameday, there was no chance of a quiet evening in Gainesville.
Although this weekend looks similar year after year and the order of the events don’t really change, the excitement of homecoming electrifies campus nonetheless.
To learn more about Gator Growl, visit the website here: http://gatorgrowl.org/