UF Football: Gators to Wear 1960s Throwback Uniforms for Homecoming Weekend

Courtesy of University Athletic Association

The Gators will be wearing retro uniforms – blue jerseys, white pants, black shoes and new blue helmets with the classic Florida “F” logo.

Although things might be a little different in 2020, the Gators will continue to honor their storied tradition on homecoming weekend with a throwback uniform to Steve Spurrier’s playing days in the 1960s.

The University of Florida football team will be wearing retro uniforms – blue jerseys, white pants, black shoes and blue helmets with the classic “F” on them as they take on the Missouri Tigers at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets for the game are still available and can be purchased here.

Although the Gators uniforms have changed considerably over the years, the look of the Gators has been somewhat consistent since the ’70s. The orange helmet was adopted by coach Ray Graves in 1968 and featured an interlocking UF symbol until Charley Pell introduced the script Gators logo in 1979, his first season as coach.

Since Coach Spurrier roamed the sidelines in the 1990s, there have been no major changes in the uniform, which gives the Gators their unique and tradition-rich brand.

Here are the head-to-toe details of this alternate uniform.

     *   This piece combines a multitude of years and traditions all within one helmet.
        *   This weekend, the Gators will feature a blue helmet, gray facemask and multi stripe with orange in the center and white on both sides. Saturday’s look will resemble the way the Gators dressed in the 1950s and 1960s, as the blue helmet was an option for UF before adopting the orange helmet in 1969.
        *   Meanwhile, the block “F” with a circle decal was used throughout the early 1960s.

     *   The blue jersey is from the 1960s, when the Head Ball Coach Steve Spurrier played quarterback for the Gators and won the Heisman Trophy in 1966. The jersey has an over-the-shoulder orange & white insert stripe.
     *   The Gators featured the same jersey last season when they hosted the Auburn Tigers at the Swamp during homecoming week, making it the first time to wear the top in a game since Sept. 30, 2006.

     *   Also from the 1960s, the Gators white pants for Saturday has an orange & blue insert stripe down each side of the pants.

     *   Florida will wear white crew socks that include a blue stripe around the top, which was a very common look back in the 1950s and 1960s.

     *   This weekend, the Gators will also wear black cleats with white shoelaces. Unlike current times, cleats did not have all the exotic colors and styles in the 1950s and 60s.

Fans can join in on the fun by purchasing Florida sideline gear to support and cheer on the Gators on gameday. See below for information on how to purchase.

Florida Throwback Apparel for Sale

Gators Ring of Honor Merchandise

The specially curated Ring of Honor collection features the former players that have earned the prestigious honor. The collection will highlight two players each year for the next three years, with Emmitt Smith and Jack Youngblood kicking off this inaugural season. The Ring of Honor merchandise collection features officially licensed Florida branded apparel and non-apparel items, including a collectible jersey, from best-in-class licenses such as Nike/Jordan Brand, Top of the World, Highland Mint, and others.

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Florida will host the Missouri Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium during homecoming weekend for a 7:30 p.m. start to be televised on SEC Network Alternate.

The Gators will host Missouri in the Swamp for the fifth time since the home-and-home SEC East series began with the Tigers in 2012. Missouri leads the all-time series record (5-4) with the first-and only game prior to 2012 taking place in 1965 when the Tigers defeated the Gators 20-18 in New Orleans. In addition, the Gators own a 68-26-2 record in Homecoming games all-time, including a 26-5 mark since 1989.

Gator fans planning to attend Florida’s matchup against Missouri should be aware of this year’s safety rules established in accordance with campus guidelines. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium will be at 20 percent capacity for Saturday’s game and fans will be required to social distance themselves with members not in the same household and to wear face coverings at all times when possible. Per the SEC, signage with specific guidelines will be available at all gates and entry points. Florida’s full game day information can be found here.