University of Central Florida students will charge into the Reflecting Pond while UCF’s cheerleaders and Marching Knights cheer them on during Spirit Splash, UCF’s award-wining campus tradition.

The annual pre-Homecoming game pep rally will begin at 1 p.m. Friday. This year, ESPN2 will be on hand to capture the festivities.

Those who can’t make it to Spirit Splash can watch the event live via a Google+ “Hangout on Air.” Spirit Splash will be broadcast here.

Spirit Splash has been hailed as the best university tradition in the state by Florida Leader magazine for college students. In 2011, the event received the best campus tradition award from the National Association for Campus Activities.

Homecoming activities conclude Saturday when the UCF Knights take on the Houston Cougars at 7 p.m. at Bright House Networks Stadium.Campus will open for tailgating at noon, and this year’s Homecoming king and queen will be crowned during the game’s halftime.

More information about game day parking, tailgating, student shuttles, park-and-ride services and more is available at