Bruce Floyd has walked past the class of 1995’s time capsule every day for 18 years on his way to work.
When he goes past Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Monday, though, the capsule will be gone.
At 11 a.m. Saturday, the UF Alumni Association will open the capsule, which was buried nearly 20 years ago.
It has been sealed in a brick wall by the stadium since April 1996.
Danita Nias, executive director and senior associate vice president of the UF Alumni Association, said the contents will be unveiled at the Orange & Blue Debut tailgate. At least 500 people are expected at the opening in Emerson Alumni Hall.
“We’re all going to be surprised,” she said. “There is a lot of excitement.”
Floyd, 42, a member of the class of ‘95 and the social media manager for the UF Athletic Association, said the capsule piqued his interest every day he saw it.
Though he wasn’t involved in the initial burying of the capsule, he said he would have buried his track number from his time on the UF team or a Nirvana CD. Both sum up his time in college.
But a lot has changed in the last 20 years, especially in communication. He said his most vivid memory is using the Internet for the first time as a senior in a tiny lab in Turlington Hall.
Floyd said he is excited to see what it holds.
“You’re supposed to be transported back, like a yearbook,” he said.
[A version of this story ran on page 1 on 4/10/2015 under the headline “UF Class of ‘95 time capsule to be opened”]
A photo of the plaque covering the time capsule installed near the Florida Gym. The opening of the capsule was delayed until April to coincide with the UF Class of 1995’s reunion.