Tailgating isn’t just for football anymore. UCF fans will now have the opportunity to tailgate prior to weekend basketball games in January and February, vice president and Director of Athletics Danny White announced Friday.

“Not many campuses across the country have the kind of weather to make tailgating a possibility during basketball season,” White said. “This is going to give our fans a unique experience that can be found very few places, if any, throughout the collegiate basketball landscape.”

Tailgating for men’s basketball games will take place on Memory Mall and open four hours before tip-off. There are four weekend American Athletic Conference games on the schedule, beginning with the Knights’ Jan. 14 game against Houston.

  • Saturday, Jan. 14, vs. Houston (4 p.m. game, tailgating opens at noon)
  • Saturday, Feb. 4, vs. Memphis (5 p.m. game, tailgating opens at 1 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Feb. 11, vs. UConn (6 p.m. game, tailgating opens at 2 p.m.)
  • Sunday, Feb. 26, vs. Cincinnati (3 p.m. game, tailgating opens at 11 a.m.)
  • Registration for each tailgate will be open to UCF students and anyone with a ticket to that day’s game (season or single game). Registration will open at 6 p.m. on the Sunday prior to the games. Fans can register at Knightsonthemall.com.

    A live DJ will be featured on the mall, and UCF fans are encouraged to bring tents, chairs, food and coolers to enjoy the experience.

    The first 500 students in attendance at the tailgate on Jan. 14 will receive a Knightmare T-shirt for the game against the Cougars.

    For tickets call 407-UCF-1000 or click here.