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Friday, April 16, 2021

UAA to improve gameday experience through new fan advisory council

The University Athletic Association is looking to gain perspective on the fan experience by creating the Fan Advisory Council.

Jenn Mereby, UAA guest services coordinator, said 12 council members will offer suggestions for how to improve the gameday atmosphere.

Mereby said the UAA will select representatives from several season-ticket-holder demographics, including current students and boosters.

She said staff members typically work during games, preventing them from watching as fans, which is why the council’s perspective will be valuable.

Applications, which close on Sunday, are on GatorZone.com.

Mereby said the council’s diversity could provide insight on entertaining fans of all varieties.

“The issue that needs to be discussed is how we can help students come in, but at the same time help people who have been season ticket holders for 40 years still have a good time at the game,” she said.

Although the council will focus on football, the insight could be applied to other sports, she said.

Michael Tomonto, an 18-year-old UF mechanical engineering freshman, said the council is a way the athletic department can reconnect with fans after a losing season.

[A version of this story ran on page 12 on 4/23/2014 under the headline "UAA to consult fans on how to improve gameday experience"]

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