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UF AD Scott Stricklin: Gators aim to be at full capacity for fall sporting events

GAINESVILLE — UF athletic director Scott Stricklin said he anticipates having fans at full capacity for all fall sporting events this year.

That means football games could host up to 88,548 people at The Swamp for the 2021 season after strictly limiting capacity last year.

Stricklin made the comment — the first significant one about UF’s plans for allowing fans to attend games — during a virtual UF Eye Opener Discovery Breakfast with faculty and staff Wednesday, according to Gainesville TV reporter Sara Cardona of MYCBS4.

Last season, the COVID-19 pandemic and Alachua County ordinances limited capacity in The Swamp to 17,000 fans or roughly 20% capacity in order to meet social distancing guidelines for fans entering and exiting the stadium, using bathrooms or purchasing concessions.