Florida renames field after former coach Steve Spurrier

Steve Spurrier, AP Photo

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is renaming its football field after former coach Steve Spurrier.

The university’s board of trustees approved the change Thursday, making it Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

The modification recognizes Spurrier, the program’s first Heisman Trophy winner (1966) and the coach who led the Gators to their first national championship (1996), and keeps the tradition of Florida Field. Florida Field was rededicated in 1934 to the memory of Florida servicemen who died in World War I. A plaque was placed on the wall outside the old north end zone as a memorial.

Spurrier already has a Heisman statue outside the stadium and is a member of the program’s exclusive Ring of Honor.

Spurrier also nicknamed the stadium “The Swamp.”

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