UCF anticipates full capacity at its home football games and other home athletics events this fall. That’s part of the university’s plan to return largely to a pre-COVID environment beginning June 23, which is just before the start of the Summer B academic term.
As of that date, physical distancing requirements will be eliminated, and full participation will be allowed at UCF athletic and social events. UCF has lifted the requirement to wear face coverings on campus. However, fans may still choose to wear face coverings.
The decision to update UCF guidelines follows guidance from the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the state’s 12 public universities, and is in collaboration with other State University System institutions.
“We all anticipated a return to full capacity by fall, and this represents a vote of confidence in that plan and a notable step in that direction,” says UCF vice president and director of athletics Terry Mohajir. “The combination of vaccination success stories and the low number of COVID cases on campus played into the decision to move to this position. As we open our fall seasons, vaccines will be a critical way we can prioritize the health and safety of Knight Nation and help ensure our fans are comfortable attending our games.
“The combination of vaccination success stories and the low number of COVID cases on campus played into the decision to move to this position.” — Terry Mohajir, director of athletics
“As far as football is concerned, we’ve already experienced strong momentum in recruiting and fan engagement with Coach (Gus) Malzahn and his staff. We look forward to joining our alumni and fans in experiencing our 2021 football season in a packed and rocking Bounce House.”
After selling its entire allotment of season football tickets for the 2019 season, UCF currently has sold 93% of available seats for the 2021 season. Knight fans can call 407-823-1000 for more information or to buy tickets.
The Knights kick off the season at home against Boise State on either Sept. 2, 3 or 4. UCF returns 57 letter-winners to its 2021 roster — headlined by standout third-year quarterback Dillon Gabriel, who led the nation in passing (357.0 yards per game) in 2020.