Ben-Hill Stadium aerial views at the University of Florida aka The Swamp

32 Stadiums, 32 Days continues today with our first SEC venue, the University of Florida's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Built in 1930 as "Florida Field" before receiving it's current name in 1989, the stadium is actually now best known as "The Swamp", a nickname coined by legendary Florida coach Steve Spurrier in the '90s. Said Spurrier ". . . a swamp is where Gators live. We feel comfortable there, but we hope our opponents feel tentative. A swamp is hot and sticky and can be dangerous. Only Gators get out alive." Chomp.


As the Florida Gator football legacy continued to grow over the years, so did this stadium. Whereas the inaugural home game in November 1930 was against Alabama in front of a sell out crowd of just under 22,000, the Gators last home game against Alabama was played in front of a capacity crowd of over 90,000, good for the 12th biggest stadium in the NCAA.

The Florida Gators have had decades of success at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, including a 30 game winning streak that saw entire graduating classes of the '90s having never experienced a home loss. The Swamp is undoubtedly one of the most formidable venues for opposing teams to play at, as the stadium is one of the loudest in the nation and the temperature on the field often nears 100 degrees.