Florida Gators Logo

florida gators logo
The Florida Gators, the athletic program of the University of Florida, have three logos. In addition to the primary one, depicting a crocodile’s head, there is also the Block “F” emblem and the wordmark.

Meaning and History logo

Florida Gators Logo history


The alligator was chosen as the emblem of the University of Florida football team in the early 1900’s. In 1908, Austin Miller, a student at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and his father, Phillip Miller, ordered pennants depicting an alligator. Later, Austin Miller mentioned that he opted for this cruel creature as it was native to Florida and because he did not know any other university that used it as its symbol. Since then, the alligator logo has been modified several times.
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Symbol

florida gators symbol
Unlike its predecessors, the current Florida Gators logo, which was adopted 1995, depicts not the whole alligator, but only its head. The creature looks aggressive due to its open mouth revealing sharp teeth.

Block “F“ emblem

emblem Florida Gators
The emblem features a capital letter “F” in an italicized sans serif typeface. The letter itself is blue, while the outline is orange.

Font

Font Florida Gators
The wordmark features a unique bespoke typeface designed so that it resembles handwriting. The letters look rather plump – the effect, which is emphasized by the white and blue outlines.

Color

florida gators color
The primary color palette of both the University of Florida and its athletic teams includes only two colors: orange (PMS 172) and blue (PMS 287). In addition to blue and orange, the Florida Gators logo itself also features green (for the alligator’s muzzle) and white (for the teeth). Taking into consideration the “alligator” theme, the use of green and white seems perfectly natural, although none of them is actually a part of the official palette.

Florida Gators basketball

Florida Gators basketball logo
The university can boast quite a few former Florida Gators who have played in one or more regular-season games of the National Basketball Association – the list includes around 30 players.
While the team was fielded in 1915, it did not see much success during its early years, which could be explained by the lack of an adequate gymnasium (it appeared only in 1950), the lack of a full-time basketball coach (was hired only in 1960), and the fact they did not have a modern arena to play in (opened in 1980). The first postseason tournament appearance took place in 1969. In 2015, Mike White became the head coach.

Florida Gators football

florida gators football logo
The first time the school official fielded a football team was in 1906. So far, the Gators have won three national championships and eight Southeastern Conference championships. The home arena is Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, which is nicknamed The Swamp.

Florida Gators soccer

Florida Gators soccer logo
The school sponsors a successful women’s soccer team that have won thirteen Southeastern Conference championships and one NCAA national championship.

Florida Gators baseball

florida gators baseball logo
The university’s baseball program is well over a hundred years – it was founded in 1907. One of the most memorable periods for the team was 1996, when they had a fifty-win season (coach Andy Lopez). In 2005, they won the SEC title and had the most successful season so far (coach Pat McMahon).
Their home arena is Alfred A. McKethan Stadium at Perry Field.