To the Gator nation, orange and blue means more than the colors of the sunset or the ocean. These colors symbolize a university where innovation, excellence, passion, academics and leadership are at the center of its values. They are the colors of the signs pointing to academic buildings, the colors of a free pen handed out in Turlington to a hustling student and even the colors of ties that male professors wear on a Friday before a home football game.
In 1910, UF acquired its colors from the two schools that united to form the new school. The University of Florida at Lake City had school colors of blue and white, and East Florida Seminary in Gainesville had orange and black. Thus merging together and giving us the orange and blue we see covered all over Gainesville.
Every Saturday in the fall, 90,000 plus Gators stand side-by-side, cheering on the football team while Ben Hill Griffin Stadium radiates orange and blue.