Utah taking extreme measures to prepare for elements in season-opener against Florida
In taking a trip to Gainesville, Florida, to open its season, Utah doesn’t just have to prepare to battle the Florida Gators. It also has to prepare to fight the elements as well.
Known affectionately to locals and begrudgingly to visitors as The Swamp, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium seats more than 90,000 and packs noise and humidity inside a completely enclosed bowl that offers little in the way of breeze. Utah is preparing accordingly.
According to KSL.com’s Josh Furlong, Utah has been conducting practices inside the Spence Eccles Field House with the heat cranked up and artificial noise on full blast. The Utes are doing what they can to try and simulate the humidity and atmosphere they’ll face in Florida on Sept. 3.
Utah has been practicing in the indoor facility lately with the heat way up, the noise way up and different things to make it as humid as possible to somewhat acclimate to The Swamp.
— Josh Furlong (@JFurKSL) August 15, 2022
For Florida’s season-opener last year against FAU, on Sept. 4, the temperature peaked at 88 degrees in the afternoon. Shortly after kickoff, at 7:30 local time, the temperature was 76 degrees with 96% humidity. That number never dropped below 90% throughout the game.
Utah is a 2.5-point favorite in the contest. The Utes open the season ranked No. 7 in the preseason AP Top 25.
Kickoff against the Gators is set for 7 p.m. local time (4 p.m. PT) on ESPN.