For the first time in four years, Gator Growl will sport a second stage in the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium that will host two new performers.

Megan Harmon, producer of 2013’s Growl, wrote in an email that the team wanted to bring the audience nearer to the action by adding a second, closer stage. The stage, a 12-by-21 foot platform that will sit on the west 50-yard line, brings with it performances by UF student and juggler David Ferman and Josh Vietti, a hip-hop and pop violinist.

“Josh Vietti is something very different than we have ever seen at Gator Growl, and I think that is what makes him so spectacular,” she said.

She said the added platform doesn’t include much extra cost, as the Gator Growl team is using the same company for the main stage.

UF industrial engineering senior Alex Williams, 21, said the second stage gives students a chance to get better seats for the show if their spot for the main stage wasn’t ideal.

“If they sell more tickets, they make more money, so the second stage is a good idea,” Williams said.

A version of this story ran on page 1 on 11/4/2013 under the headline "Gator Growl adding a second stage"