Does the number 88,548 mean anything to you? Well, that is the number of seats in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida, the home of the Florida Gators. It was announced yesterday evening that Florida and Kentucky fans have sold out the week two matchup between the Wildcats and the Gators.
Kentucky fans know all too well how hard it is to beat Florida in Gainesville, other than in 2018 the last time Kentucky won at Florida was all the way back in 1979.
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium most commonly known as "The Swamp" is the sixth largest stadium according to capacity in the Southeastern Conference. It is sixth behind Kyle Stadium home of Texas A&M, Neyland Stadium home of the Vols, Tiger Stadium home of LSU, Bryant-Denny home of the Crimson Tide, and Sanford Stadium with the Georgia Bulldogs. Florida fans are well-known for making this a grueling environment for their opponents. Teams like Kentucky will even go to lengths as to practice the week prior with implemented sound noise so that they can be somewhat prepared for what is in store for them Saturday night.
As Jordan stated above, Kentucky has a lot of young guys that haven't played in an environment like the one they're about to down in Gainesville so implementing the crowd noise during practice can somewhat help them get accustomed to what they will have to endure in order to find a win this Saturday.
Kentucky vs. Florida will be aired live on ESPN with kickoff being at 7:00 p.m. EST.