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Tailgating Policies and Times

Tailgating before and after UCF Knights football games offers a special time for reunions of family, friends and alumni, and the university is pleased to serve as host to these gatherings. Additionally, UCF is pleased to welcome all of our guests to campus. In order to ensure that everyone has a safe and memorable game day experience, UCF expects all fans to celebrate responsibly and adhere to the following rules while on campus. Failure to abide by these rules may, among other consequences, result in removal from campus, loss of season-ticket privileges, student disciplinary action or arrest:

Conduct
• All fans are expected to be respectful to university property and all of the fans around them. Drunkenness, vandalism, obscene or harassing behavior and violence (or threats of violence) will not be tolerated and should be reported to the nearest law enforcement official.

• Controlled substances: The unlawful possession, distribution or use of any drug or controlled substance is prohibited on the UCF campus. Violators of this policy shall be subject to the full measure of state and federal laws, city and county ordinances and university disciplinary action.

• All fans and tailgating participants are expected to clean up their trash. Trash receptacles and recycling containers are provided throughout the campus. UCF is an environmentally friendly campus and fully supports recycling efforts.

Other
• Propane cooking grills are highly recommended for tailgating. If using charcoal, carefully dispose of hot coals in designated barrels. All open flame cooking appliances must be a minimum of 10 feet away from any building, structure or overhang.

• Portable generators (1500 watts or less) are authorized in designated surface parking lots and tailgating areas.

• Personal tents/canopies must be 10 x 10 feet or smaller.

• Couches and indoor furniture are not permitted outdoors.

• Kegs, glass containers and beer funnels are not authorized on campus.

• No live bands; excessively loud, amplified sound systems; DJ equipment; and turntables are allowed on campus.

• Sidewalks must be kept clear of tents, grills, furniture, speakers and other tailgating items at all times. For the safety of fans, power or extension cords cannot run across sidewalks.

• Animals, except for service animals, are not allowed on campus on game day. Anyone who brings an animal that is not a service animal will be asked to take it home. 

When Parking Lots Open for Game Day Activities

UCF will follow Saturday game day policies for the USF game at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, because that game is being played on a university holiday.

The following times apply only to the following Gold Zone lots: Softball Lot (E3, E4, E5), Lot E6, Lot E7, Baseball Lot and Garage F:

For all Saturday games, the designated lots listed above will be open for game day parking from 8 a.m. until two hours following the conclusion of the game or midnight (whichever comes first). These times will apply for the USF game on Friday, Nov. 29.

For Sunday games, the designated lots listed above will be open for game day parking from 12 p.m. until two hours following the conclusion of the game or midnight (whichever comes first).

For weekday games, the designated lots listed above will be open for game day parking from 2 p.m. until two hours following the conclusion of the game or midnight (whichever comes first).

For weekend games starting at 6 p.m. or later, the open-container waiver will be in effect from 12 p.m. until game start. For weekend games starting before 6 p.m., the open-container waiver will be in effect from 8 a.m. until game start. For all weekday games, the open-container waiver shall be in effect from 4 p.m. until game start.

Tailgating is not allowed in parking garages at any time. 

The following times apply to all other campus parking lots (Garage C, Garage D, Lot C1, Lot D1 and Lot D2 in the Gold Zone, plus all non-Gold Zone lots):

For Saturday games beginning before 6 p.m., these lots will be open for game day parking from 8 a.m. until two hours following the conclusion of the game or midnight (whichever comes first).

For Saturday games beginning at 6 p.m. or later, these lots will be open for game day parking from 12 p.m. until two hours following the conclusion of the game or midnight (whichever comes first). UCF will follow these Saturday policies for the USF game on Friday, Nov. 29.

For Sunday games, these lots will be open for game day parking from 12 p.m. until two hours following the conclusion of the game or midnight (whichever comes first).

For weekday games, these lots will be open for game day parking from 4 p.m. until two hours following the conclusion of the game or midnight (whichever comes first).

For weekend games starting at 6 p.m. or later, the open-container waiver will be in effect from 12 p.m. until game start. For weekend games starting before 6 p.m., the open-container waiver will be in effect from 8 a.m. until game start. For all weekday games, the open-container waiver shall be in effect from 4 p.m. until game start.

Memory Mall closes for tailgating at game start so that workers may begin cleaning the area. Please do not leave any belongings on Memory Mall after game start.

Tailgating is not allowed in parking garages at any time.