Gainesville, Florida: Gatorade Birthplace

Dr. Robert Cade and three UF researchers invented Gatorade to provide the 1965 UF football team with extra oomph during training. The sports drink industry is born.

Stephen O Connell Center

250 Gale Lemerand Dr., Gainesville, FL
Historical marker is outside Stephen O Connell Center, W. University Ave and Gale Lemerand Dr., across from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. No free parking.
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Gatorade Historical Marker

In honor of Dr. Cade this Florida Historical Marker reveals the University of Florida as the birthplace of Gatorade. It is easy to miss this when one looks at the Tim Tebow statue (across the street and next to the statues of two other Heisman Trophy winners: Danny Wuerffel and Steve Spurrier). It is also a mess to find a parking space unless you are there during summer term. A must see especially if you are holding basketball tickets.

[Gregory M. Maddox, 04/28/2013]

The world's first commercial sports drink, invented in 1965 to give aid to the Florida Gators football team, energy-wise, during practice. Guess we should've known the name was literal, not randomly creative...

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