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Gator Growl is teaming up with the University Athletic Association, and the results might make it easier for students to sit with their friends.

This year's student organizations can sit in the same blocks already arranged for football season, said Aron Weingard, Gator Growl producer.

In previous years, student organizations had to collect money and a list of UF ID numbers before the rally to sit in blocks.

"There was a significant burden on organizations," Weingard said. "Now, a group doesn't have to round everybody up and collect money. It's just made it so much easier because of the technology available."

However, students who wish to sit in a block must purchase their tickets and have them scanned into the block by Oct. 8.

Students who don't have a football block but wish to sit in one can still arrange that at UAA ticket offices at Gates 1 and 13 of the stadium, he added.

Ticket pickup will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, Oct. 9 through Oct. 19 for block seating and through Nov. 2 for general seating. Tickets may be picked up at Gate 13 of the stadium.

Gator Growl, which is billed as the world's largest student-run pep rally, will take place on Nov. 2 in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

The rally will feature comedian Frank Caliendo and rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Weingard said Gator Growl started looking into the block-seating issue after the 2006 rally and decided to partner with UAA in January.

The partnership has also helped prevent long lines, he added, since UAA has more ticket windows than the University Box Office.

"Students may remember a couple years ago, there were lines that were a couple hours long for Gator Growl," Weingard said. "We don't want people to wait in lines if they don't have to."

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