The University of Florida has one of college football's most loyal followings and the numbers support the claim. The Florida Gators have ranked in the top15 nationally in college football attendance in each of the last 18 years, and in each of the last nine seasons, The Florida Gators have ranked among the top 10. In addition, with capacity at 83,000-plus at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field, the University of Florida has been the site of the largest football crowds - college or professional - in the State of Florida history.
When Florida Gator fans cheer, they're led by one of the nation's most outstanding group of cheer-leaders. In addition, Albert, the popular alligator mascot, and his counterpart Alberta, join in the fun. One of the best-known Florida Gator spirit traditions is Mr. Two-Bits George Edmondson, a Tampa resident and avid Florida Gator fan. The beloved man who travelled from section to section at all Florida Gator games leading rousing renditions of "Two Bits, Four Bits, Six Bits, a Dollar - All for the Gators Stand Up and Holler!" Edmondson sponsors an annual scholarship for a member of the cheer-leading squad. Despite deciding to slow down after celebrating 50 years as Florida's top cheer-leader in 1998, Edmondson surely will be spotted in special appearances at "The Swamp" this fall. At Florida Gator games, it's important to get to the game early and stay in your seats at halftime, so as not to miss out on the Pride of the Sunshine, the University of Florida's Fightin' Gator Marching Band. Matt Sexton, Director of Bands, leads a group of 300 students through performances each week.
At the end of the third quarter, the band strikes up "We Are the Boys from Old Florida," and all Florida Gator fans stand together and sway left and right, arm-in-arm, while singing this traditional tune.
At Homecoming each year, current Florida Gator students and staff members, Florida Gator alumni and fans from all over converge on Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field for an evening of entertainment and pep rallies. Gator Growl, as this 75-year-old event is so popularly known, is regarded as the World's Largest Student-Run Pep Rally, packing nearly 70,000 fans in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field each year.