UF President pushes back on packing “The Swamp” for Saturday’s game against LSU

In response to recent suggestions that the University of Florida open Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to full capacity, Kent Fuchs, the President of UF, released the following statement on Sunday:

Kent Fuchs

 “The University of Florida remains fully and firmly committed to following CDC guidelines for every part of our campus from classrooms to athletic venues as well as the guidance of our own experts at UF Health and local and state health officials. This includes physical distancing by ensuring 6 feet between yourself and others and wearing a mask or cloth face covering. Although adherence to the guidelines restricts our behavior and limits the occupancy of our facilities, these preventative measures remain the most effective ways to slow the spread of COVID-19. It is important that all members of the UF community and our campus visitors follow this guidance.”
 
On Saturday, after a 41-38 loss to Texas A&M, Florida Head Coach Dan Mullen said he wanted the stadium at capacity for Saturday’s game with LSU.

Dan Mullen

“I know our governor passed that rule, so certainly, hopefully, the university administration decides to let us pack The Swamp for LSU next week,” he said. “One hundred percent because that crowd was a major factor in the game. So I certainly hope our university administration follows the governor. We have 90,000 in The Swamp to give us that home-field advantage that Texas A&M had today.”

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