The Gator Men’s Basketball student section has been called the Rowdy Reptiles since the late 1990’s. Over the past nearly 15 years they have made the O’dome one of the most difficult places to play for opponents. The Rowdy Reptiles have always been animated and energized, but now they have gotten organized. A small group of students have decided to take the group to the next level by becoming an official University of Florida student organization and branding themselves the “Men’s Basketball Rowdies”. The following snippet from a press release dated September 13, 2012 goes into further detail…
The group of University of Florida students commonly known as the Rowdy Reptiles has created Men’s Basketball Rowdies, an official UF campus organization. The club’s mission is to expand student support and have more organization to improve the home court advantage at basketball games.
The Rowdy Reptiles has been a part of Florida men’s basketball since the 1998-99 season and has been labeled as one of the top student sections in the country. They have helped make the Stephen C. O’Connell Center become one of the toughest environments in college basketball. Men’s Basketball Rowdies wants to make it even tougher.
Men’s Basketball Rowdies will have regular meetings to inform students of coming games and prepare them for the opponent the Gators will face. They will also organize watch parties and road trips for games the Gators play away from home. Through this group, students can create camaraderie by socializing with fellow basketball fans. The organization will act as a liaison between the student fan base and the University Athletic Association (UAA).
Although the club is not affiliated with the UAA, it will cooperate with them in improving the atmosphere at games. With this cooperation, students will be involved in the process that goes into preparing for basketball games and the game day experience.
OurTwoBits.com applauds this move. This has the potential to bring the Rowdy Reptiles to the next level. To keep up with the “Rowdies” and get in on the planning reach out to the organization via their Facebook page and/or following their Twitter account.