GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -- Gator fans flocked to Gainesville Saturday even amidst possible security concerns due to threats made from an Ocala rapper earlier this week. Here's a look at how excited gator fans are for their first taste of football and why for one couple it will be an orange and blue game to remember.
A season with 10 wins seemed a far stretch for coach Mullen in his first year but the Gators got it done and their fans continue to help keep local gator businesses afloat.
Christina Rodenwoldt is a manager at the Gators Plus store who said, "there was a lot of hype last year because there was a lot of hope last year so this year it's kind of continuing. We had a good season last year so hopefully, that momentum will continue into fall."
Everywhere you looked around the stadium fans had big smiles and they'll also have big expectations for this years team.
Jordan Bates is a gator alumn and she described the atmosphere of Saturday's game. "There's a sea of blue and orange everywhere, I love just coming here and just seeing everybody just come together to celebrate the sports and everything because sports are such a big thing here."
Julie Lopez and Samantha Ostobar are both 6th-grade gator fans who said, "it's crazy and awesome, there are so many people and it's like music and everything and I love it.
It's so much fun, there's so much energy out here and everybody is ready to get out and watch the game it's going to be so much fun."
John Grey and Willie Jackson traveled from Jacksonville to take part in the spring game festivities. "I think we're going to have a wonderful year if guys stay healthy, who knows maybe SEC East champs, who knows!
Yeah, I think it's going to be great, I think the coaches are going to get together and play the guys that will really make a difference."
And it's not just excitement in the air, a little love found its way through for one woman who started out today as a girlfriend and will end it as a fiancee.
Andrew Lowe who got down on one knee tells us how he and his now-fiancee originally met. "We live in Chicago and I had a Florida hoodie on and she asked if I liked the gators and I said yeah of course and she said no way my whole family's from there. So from there I just kind of planned it out that way and planned it out with mom and dad and figured this would be the best place to do it."
Brooke Taylor with a brand new ring on her finger tells us how it was a total surprise. "100 percent yeah I didn't want to take this trip because we're going to be back so much in the next few months. So he and my family were like we have to take photos today and I was like why? It's hot outside, we're sweating, but well now I know why."
Congratulations to both Andrew and Brooke here's to always having a partner to gator chomp with.