Gator Growl is the flagship event of the University of Florida and a tradition that has continued to be a prominent for over 90 years. It is a University of Florida tradition that marks the culmination of Homecoming Week. The pep rally is rooted in the tradition of Dad’s Day, when fathers of the then all-male student body would visit their sons on campus. In 1924, Dad’s Day was replaced with a Friday night pep rally, which was then accompanied by the addition of comedy skits in 1932. Thus, Gator Growl was born. The massive production consists of musical and comedic entertainers, Gator athletics and performances by UF’s Cheerleaders, Dazzlers and Pride of the Sunshine Marching Band. Hundreds of students work endless hours to create the annual spectacle. The amount of student participation that goes into an event like this has given Gator Growl the right to call itself the largest student-run pep rally in the nation.
While traditions change over the years, the Gator Nation’s legacy still stands and will not expire. Gator Growl’s tradition possesses the pride, feelings and hard work of the varying generations of students at the University of Florida. This memorable show will foster the legacy that students and alumni will be able to share for generations to come. Homecoming and Gator Growl will be celebrated from October 2nd through October 21st, 2020. Until then, announcements, updates, and other important information can be found on this website and our various social media outlets.
HISTORY OF GATOR GROWL:
REASONS TO ATTEND:
9. The Skits
The skits featured at Gator Growl offer a humorous spin on college life at UF. Their witty humor will leave you crying with laughter!
8. The Food Trucks
Many restaurants in the local Gainesville area will be serving their most popular dishes till the end of the show. Fast food (hamburgers, hotdogs, nachos) will also be offered!
7. The Athletes
Our very own Florida Gator athletes make an appearance on stage to celebrate our 31 national team titles from 12 different Gator Sports!
6. Pit Pass
Having a Pit Pass offers an experience like no other. Holders are able to witness the entire spectacle and see this years artist from the best spots available!
5. The Cameos
Famous icons can’t resist giving their “Let The Gator Growl” chant live to the Gator Nation
4. The Fireworks
Fireworks have been an essential part of Gator Growl ever since their introduction in 1927. The explosive display is unveiled at the end of every show.
3. Gator Pride
Orange & Blue litters the field as audience members take part in traditional chants while doing the widely known “Gator Chomp”.
2. The Artists
World renowned artists have given their performance at Growl for nearly 40 years now. Last year at Gator Growl, Jana Kramer, Echosmith, and T.I. took the stage on Flavet Field! Follow our Facebook and Twitter for updates on this year’s show!
- The Tradition
From “Dad’s Day” to “Friday night pep-rally” to “Gator Growl”, this show is a rooted tradition at the University of Florida. For over 90 years it has captivated the Gator Nation and a part of each student’s #myUFtradition.