Football Booster Contribution Adjustment
for 2018 Season

Florida is committed to providing a championship experience with integrity on and off the field for student-athletes and the Gator Nation.

Gator Boosters, Inc., and the University Athletic Association have announced Gator Boosters Football contribution adjustments for the 2018 football season to the public, the first such change since 2013.

** All contribution adjustments will be for the 2018 football season.
2017 Florida Football ticket information.
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Why the Adjustment?


The UAA's strategic purpose is to, "Provide a championship experience with integrity on and off the field for student-athletes and the Gator Nation." By the time a Gator student-athlete walks across the graduation stage, the University Athletic Association will have invested approximately $350,000 in that individual.

In order to provide a championship experience with integrity for all Gator student-athletes, additional revenue is needed to cover the rising cost of scholarships (tuition, housing, cost of attendance, incidental meals, etc.).

The adjustments, which will include both contribution increases and decreases (approximately, 37 percent of the seat contributions are going down or staying at the same contribution level) in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Legends, an outside firm, conducted market and fan feedback to assess the UAA's current pricing and contributions model. The UAA used the results of their research to formulate a plan for 2018 that will create a more balanced seating structure and provide options that are more flexible for season ticket holders.

Information Related to Rising Costs:


Each year, the investment the University Athletic Association makes into the lives of our student-athletes increases. In 2017-18, the total scholarship cost for Gators student-athletes will be $14 million, an increase of 25 percent ($2.8 million) from just six years ago. Overall, the expenses to support the complete student-athlete experience total approximately $350,000 in a four-year span.

Success is Our Tradition:


  • Florida has won 38 national championships, including two this year (women's tennis and men's outdoor track and field). UF has won at least one national championship in each of the last nine academic years. Florida has won 17 national championships during the last nine years and has won multiple national titles in 10 seasons.
  • Florida is the only athletic department in the country to finish among the top 10 in national all-sports rankings in each of the last 33 years.
  • Florida was the first school to win the Capital One Cup in both the men's and the women's competition since the Cup was introduced in the 2010-11 season. The Gator men's program won the first two men's Capital One Cups in 2011 and 2012 and the women captured the 2014 Cup. In the five-year history of the Capital One Cup, Florida is the only program to finish each season in the men's and women's top 10.
  • Florida has won the SEC All-Sports Trophy 27 times, including a sweep of the men's, women's and overall title 16 times - no other league school has pulled that feat off once.
  • The Gators have 241 conference championships, including 234 in the SEC, which is almost 100 more than the next conference school.
  • 78% of the 2017 spring graduates (46 individuals) were part of a national and/or Southeastern Conference championship team during their Gator careers.
  • Since 1992, UF has honored 107 Academic All-Americans to rank fifth among all Division I colleges and overall UF student-athletes have picked up 136 Academic All-Americans. Five Gators have been selected to the Capital One Academic All-American Hall of Fame, the second best total in the nation.

Facilities Commitment


The UAA is committed to providing the best resources to allow our student-athletes to succeed, including top-notch facilities. Since January of 2015, the UAA has committed to $212 million worth of facilities upgrades.

In 2016, we completed facility projects totaling $112 million for the renovation of the O'Connell Center, and the construction of the Football Indoor Practice Facility and Otis Hawkins Center at Farrior Hall. In addition, the UAA recently announced the next phase of facility projects estimated at $100 million with a focus on baseball and softball stadium renovations, a dining hall for a student athletes and a stand-alone football complex.

In addition, the Otis Hawkins Center at Farrior Hall was a $25 million project that broke ground in March of 2015 and was completed in June of 2016. This facility impacts each of our 500-plus student-athletes as it serves as a central hub for student-athletes personal development, including academic support, nutrition, leadership training, community service and career development.

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More Questions?


Fans can call the Gator Ticket Office at (352) 375-4683 or visit the Ticket Office on the west side of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Fans can call the Gator Booster office at (800) 34-GATOR (42867) or at (352) 375-GoUF (4683)

2017 & 2018

GATOR BOOSTER
CONTRIBUTIONS COMPARISONS

2017 & 2018

GATOR BOOSTER
CONTRIBUTIONS LEVEL COMPARISONS

  2017 2018
BULL GATOR $15,000+ $16,000+
GRAND GATOR $8,600 - $14,999 $9,000 - $15,999
SCHOLARSHIP CLUB $4,800 - $8,599 $5,200 - $8,999
SCHOLARSHIP PARTNER $3,100 - $4,799 $3,500 - $5,199
FIGHTING GATOR $2,600 - $3,099 ** $100 - $3,499 **
VARSITY CLUB $2,100 - $2,599 ** **
ORANGE & BLUE $100 - $2,099 ** **

Questions:


If you have any questions about these football contribution adjustments, please contact the Gator Ticket Office at 352-375-4683.

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**Beginning in 2018, the contribution levels of Fighting Gator, Varsity Club and Orange & Blue are being consolidated into one category. Fighting Gator. This is being done to simplify our overall contribution breakdown as well as streamline our stewardship of those donors. A key policy to all of our contribution levels has always been "how you obtain your seats, is how you retain your seats." Therefore, if your current seats were previously obtained at the Fighting Gator or Varsity Club levels, at a minimum you will still need to contribute the previous thresholds of $2600 and $2100 respectively as we move forward in the future. For any further clarification, please contact a representative within the Gator Boosters office.

LUXURY AREAS 2017 CONTRIBUTION 2018 CONTRIBUTION
SKY SUITES $60,000 $66,000
GATOR DENS $56,000 $64,000
BULL GATOR DECK $16,000** $16,000**
GATOR ZONE $16,000** $16,000**

** A Bull Gator package in the Deck and Zone includes (4) season tickets and the option of adding (4) additional seats in the general bowl at no additional contribution cost. One particular change, however, is that the Gator Zone (located on the 7th floor of the Skybox Tower, now has the ability to purchase individual seats at $3,000 per seat contribution and no longer requires an entire package at the Bull Gator level.

EVANS CHAMPIONS CLUB 2017 CONTRIBUTION 2018 CONTRIBUTION
  SECTIONS 506-508 $2,550 $2,850
  SECTIONS 503-505, 509-511 $2,550 $2,550
  SECTIONS 501-502, 512-513 $2,550 $2,350
HOLLOWAY TOUCHDOWN TERRACE 2017 CONTRIBUTION 2018 CONTRIBUTION
  SECTIONS 223-224 $2,200 $2,500
  SECTIONS 218, 220, 221, 222, 225 & 226 $2,200 $2,200
  SECTIONS 227 & 229 $2,200 $1,900
PORTAL BOXES 2017 CONTRIBUTION 2018 CONTRIBUTION
SECTIONS 8, 9, 10, 11, 35, 36, 37, 38 $2,600 $3,000
SECTIONS 6, 7, 12, 13, 33, 34, 39, 40 $2,100 $2,300
SECTIONS 4, 5, 14, 15, 31, 32, 41, 42 $1,600 $1,800
SECTIONS 1, 2, 3, 16, 17, 19, 27, 29, 30, 43, 44, 45 $800 $900
SECTIONS 47, 49, 51, 53, 55, 57, 59, 61, 63, 65 $700 $800
  2017 CONTRIBUTION 2018 CONTRIBUTION
  SECTIONS 8, 9, 10, 11 $1,000 $1,250
  SECTIONS 36 & 38 $1,000 $1,100
  SECTIONS 7, 12, 13, 34, 40 $600 $750
  MEZZANINE & QUARTERBACK ARMCHAIRS $600 $750
  UPPER CHAIRBACKS
SECTIONS 53, 55, 57, 59, 61, 63, 65
$500 $550
  UPPER CHAIRBACKS
SECTIONS 47, 49, 51
$500 $450
  SECTIONS 5, 14, 15, 32 $450 $500
  SECTIONS 1, 2, 3, 16, 17, 18, 19, 30 $250 $350
  TOUCHDOWN CHAIRBACKS*
SECTIONS 322, 323, 324, 325
$300 $300
  TOUCHDOWN CHAIRBACKS*
SECTIONS 318, 320, 321, 326, 327, 329
$300 $225
  ENDZONE BLEACHERS
SECTIONS C-H (BLEACHER) &
SECTIONS 20, 21, 22 (BLEACHER)
$150 $250
  UPPER BLEACHERS
SECTIONS 51-65
$200 $150
  RECENT GRAD $50 $50
  STUDENTS
  UF FACULTY/STAFF
  OPPONENTS
* PREVIOUSLY REFERRED TO AS THE "SUNSHINE SEATS"

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the Gator Booster Contribution Adjustment take effect?

The 2018 football season.

How does this affect my contribution?

Required contribution is determine by two different methods.

  1. Donating the minimum per-seat contribution that is required by the section where your seats are located.

  2. Season tickets are obtained through a contribution at one of our various levels. This helps achieve priority in the seat assignment process. Remember, how you obtained your seats/parking, is how you retain your seats/parking.

    • Example: If a Booster is contributing at the Bull Gator level, they will get to select or improve those seats based on Bull Gator priority status. In addition, that booster would have to maintain that contribution level in future years to keep those seats.
How did Gator Boosters determine which seats are increased?

Legends, an outside firm, conducted market and fan feedback to assess the UAA's current pricing and contributions model. The UAA used the results of their research to formulate a plan for 2018 that will create a more balanced seating structure and provide options that are more flexible for season ticket holders.

When is the last time we had an increase?

This is the first such change since 2013.

What are my options to secure my seat location for the 2018 season?

Season Ticket Renewals Open in January 2018


  1. Retain/Upgrade

    • Season tickets can be renewed in the current seat location.
    • Donors will have the opportunity to upgrade their seats in The Gator Ticket Offices online select-a-seat event in April of 2018.
  2. Relocate

    Donors can continue as a season ticket holder, but release their current seat locations during the 2018 renewal process in order to relocate to a lower per seat donation area.

  3. Transfer

    Policy: Gator Boosters Transfer Policy

  4. Release

    Donors can choose not renew their season tickets, which would release their seat locations. Those seats would subsequently be made available to other fans.

How does the seat selection process work?

Gator Boosters have the ability to select their seats through a "Virtual Venue" of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Appointment times are set based on the donor's contribution level (Bull Gator, Grand Gator, Scholarship Club, etc.) and then their Loyalty Points within that level.

Are there any special programs available to assist me with this process?

The Gator Ticket Office and Gator Boosters are committed to providing donors with as much assistance as possible to help explain the options available to each individual for the 2018 season. In addition, their goal is to make the seating decision that best meets each person's needs and desires.

Communication Options:

  1. Contact a representative in either the Gator Ticket Office or Gator Boosters
  2. Email: boosters@gators.ufl.edu; ticketoffice@gators.ufl.edu
  3. Phone: 352-375-4683
  4. Online: FloridaGators.com
Can I transfer my tickets?

Yes.

How do I transfer my tickets?
Are per-seat donations and the various contribution levels tax deductible?

No. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 provides that no deduction will be allowed for any amount contributed to an institution of higher education if the taxpayer receives, directly or indirectly, the right to purchase tickets for an athletic event of such institution. Therefore, there will no longer be a deduction for Gator Booster contributions that give you the right to purchase tickets after January 1, 2018. No portion of any ticket related contribution made after that date is deductible. Please consult your tax advisor.

What are the benefits of becoming a member of Gator Boosters?

In recognition of their financial support, Gator Boosters are offered a wide variety of exclusive benefits including access to tickets, parking and hospitality at athletic events.

More information about the benefits for the various contribution levels can be found on GatorBoosters.org.

If I donate to other units on UF's campus, do those gifts count towards the Gator Boosters per-seat contribution requirements?

Those gifts do not count towards the Gator Boosters per-seat contribution requirements.

Donations directed to other areas of UF's campus provide critical resources to those areas, not Gator Boosters.

Revenue generated specifically through the Gator Boosters annual fund is vital to the continued success of Florida Athletics.

Are there sections in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium that do not require a contribution to Gator Boosters?

All season ticket options available to the public in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium require a minimum per-seat contribution.

Will there be any future adjustments or increases?

Currently, there are no plans for any further adjustments or increases. However, the UAA and Gator Boosters will always evaluate the needs of our overall athletic program as part of our vision to provide our student-athletes and fans with "A Championship Experience with Integrity."

More Questions?


Fans can call the Gator Ticket Office at (352) 375-4683 or visit the Ticket Office on the west side of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Fans can call the Gator Booster office at (800) 34-GATOR (42867) or at (352) 375-GoUF (4683)

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