The UCF Knights will host Florida International University at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, for the season-opener in a game televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.
Here’s everything students, staff and faculty members, alumni and fans need to know to get up to speed on game day.
When Will Classes Conclude and Game Day Activities Start?
Because of the early kickoff time for this first game, classes on the main campus, in the Central Florida Research Park, at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management and on UCF’s regional campuses will conclude at noon. Offices at those locations also will close for normal operations at noon.
Campus parking lots will open to fans at 1 p.m., when tailgating activities may begin.
Where Can Faculty, Staff and Students Park for the Entire Day?
They can stay in many campus parking lots and garages after classes have concluded. Those areas include garages A, B and I, the Libra Garage and lots B5-6, B9, B12 and H4.
Where Is Towing Enforced on Game Days?
All vehicles without a valid football game day permit in garages C, D, F and H and lots B4, C1-C2, D1-D2 and E1-E8 are subject to towing beginning at 1 p.m.
What’s New on Memory Mall?
For the first time, all tailgating spaces on Memory Mall are reserved for students and alumni. The spaces were so popular they were snapped up just hours after reservations opened. Due to canceled reservations or no shows, a small number of spaces may be available to students and alumni on game day. However, other fans cannot show up on game day and set up a tent on Memory Mall.
The Student Government Association, now located in the center section of the mall, is offering expanded entertainment options, a cool zone and food trucks open to all fans.
Where Can I Set Up My Tent If I Don’t Have a Space on Memory Mall?
Anywhere else! (except in parking garages).
Anything Special for Alumni?
Yes! Visit the UCF Fairwinds Alumni Center starting at 3 p.m. for an Indoor Tailgate. You’ll find food from Bubbalou’s Bodacious Bar-B-Que, a kid-friendly game room and live DJ. Not to mention air conditioning and clean restrooms. Just bring your key card – visit here if you need one – and driver’s license.
How Can I Support First-Generation Students on Game Day?
We offer $20 cash parking on game days in Garage H, which will be available to all fans. Since 2011, we have raised more than $200,000 for first-generation scholarships through Garage H proceeds.
Can I Bring My Drone on Game Day?
Leave your drone at home. For the safety of fans, it’s prohibited on the UCF campus on game days.
Did Traffic Patterns Change?
After a two-year customer service survey, traffic patterns after the game are changing to help fans exit campus as quickly as possible.
Traffic will not be able to enter the campus via North Orion Boulevard starting at the end of the first quarter while the road is set up to handle exiting traffic on all four lanes.
Can I Take a Shuttle to the Game?
On game day, UCF will operate the student shuttles that normally serve off-campus apartment complexes, except for Tivoli, Northgate and NorthView (routes 6 and 13) because of their close proximity to the stadium. Except for those routes, shuttles will run starting at 1 p.m. and conclude two hours after the game ends. Please note there is no room on the shuttles for large items like coolers, tents and lawn chairs.
All fans can use UCF’s park-and-ride shuttles on game day. The shuttles will pick up passengers at the Research Pavilion in the Central Florida Research Park starting at 4 p.m.
Visit the Fan Guide to UCF Football for information about game day policies. Thank you for your support, and Go Knights!