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Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field
Series Title:
UF Then & Now - Bringing the Past into the Present
Physical Description:
Marlin, Pam
Pam Marlin
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, FL


The 1906 University of Florida Record predicted, "It may take a hundred years for the completion of these plans, but as the State grows…, the University will finally grow into a splendid and harmonious whole…." As one who has a deep interest in history and is a long-term University of Florida employee, it was only natural for me to try to contrast in photos the UF of today with the UF of yesterday. The UF, Then & Now photo project presents a unique opportunity to bring the past and present together in a way that serves to remind us of UF's own heritage and the many who have gone before us as students, staff and educators at this fine institution. Some of these photos presented quite a challenge. The University Auditorium, for example, has been added to extensively in the front and on both sides and Ben Hill Griffin Stadium/Florida Field has seen many additions since it was first built in 1930. My favorite photos are of Sledd Hall, which still has a 'Trunk Delivery' window where student's trunks were dropped off and placed on a dumb waiter to be lowered to the basement for storage, and the students exiting Florida Gym after a memorial service for John F. Kennedy, a historic moment in time. Overall, though interior renovations have occurred, most building exteriors have not changed. The experience was quite rewarding and reminded me that the foundation of what has made this University a leading academic institution still exists in its people and buildings. Abstract also by Pam Marlin.
General Note:
(Caption) Then: Mr. Tigert and Hume sit in a horse drawn carriage on Florida Field 1943. Dr. Tigert, before becoming UF's president, was a former head football coach at the University of Kentucky. He was the driving force behind construction of Florida Field in l930 and actually chose the location of the field. There was no state funding for the new stadium, so Dr. Tigert and a few friends went out and personally raised the funds, setting up a method to solicit and manage them within the framework of University Athletic Association, Inc. The original stadium cost $118,000. Now: The stadium has gone through extensive renovations over the last 60 years.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All rights reserved by the source institution.
Resource Identifier:
sobekcm - AA00005029_00011
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