Bright House Networks Stadium
The grand facility located in the heart of UCF's new north section of campus is still the nation's newest college football venue, Bright House Networks Stadium. Home for the UCF Knights football program, Bright House Networks Stadium sprawls over 25 acres, seats 45,323 and serves as the crown jewel of the schools' burgeoning Athletics Village.
Bright House Networks Stadium is part of a $60 million project that included financing costs, reserve requirements, infrastructure, roads, parking and practice fields for football, soccer and baseball. Designs were provided by Kansas City, Mo.-based 360 Architecture, while the construction was managed by Wharton-Smith, Inc. of Sanford, Fla. The stadium seating was erected by Dant Clayton of Louisville, Ky.
Construction and operation of Bright House Networks Stadium was funded through naming rights, revenues from suites and club seat leases, ticket and concessions sales, donations, corporate sponsorships and advertising. No public money or tuition fees were used to build or run the stadium.
The stadium's west side features the four-level Roth Tower, which includes 24 luxury suites accessible by private elevator. In addition, it houses a 4,200 square-foot Club Lounge with seating for 822, all of which were sold out shortly after stadium ground-breaking. The Roth Tower has the typical college football mainstays, including a spacious press box, broadcast and administrative suites. Bright House Networks Stadium also provides ample ADA Seating, capable of providing more than 450 wheelchair-accessible seats.
There are two stadium scoreboards at Bright House Networks Stadium. The board mounted on the south end of the stadium measures 50' x 8', while the primary board on the north end measures 100' x 37'. It also features a 34' x 22' Daktronics ProStar VideoPlus display capable of displaying live video and instant replays, as well as game information, player and team statistics, advertising, graphics and animation in 16.7 million colors. In addition, the north board also contains a 5'7x72' 23mm ProAd digital display.
The stadium's lighting system is a Sportscluster Green Lighting System by Musco. There is one 168 1,500-watt metal halide fixtures mounted on four 140' galvanized steel poles. Additionally, there are 63 mounted video monitors, most of which are Panasonic 42 1080p high definition plasma screens. Bright House Networks Stadium's playing surface is Tifway 419 hybrid Bermuda. It was grown on location with the initial sprigging starting in March 2007 and reaching a lush, full-green appearance by June.
Outstanding customer service and memorable fan experiences are top priorities. There are 10 ticket windows; four on the east, four on the west, and two will call windows on the south side of the stadium. Plenty of restrooms are available with 10 separate women's, seven men's and four family/special needs facilities. Fixtures include 427 toilets, 104 urinals and 296 sinks, and all restrooms are handicapped accessible. There are also 11 permanent concession stands located around the stadium on the main concourse.
The Knights' locker room, located on the south end of the field, is 10,416 square feet and includes separate rooms for coaches, sports medicine, and equipment storage/distribution. The visiting team's locker room on the north end of the field and is 8,129 square feet.
Individual dressing rooms are also provided in the stadium for the game officials, chain crew, and cheerleaders.
Bright House Networks is the region's leading provider of home entertainment and information and serves more than 800,000 customers in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Volusia, Flagler, Marion, Sumter and Lake counties. The company's fiber-optic network offers digital cable, HDTV, digital video recorders, iCONTROL Video On Demand and Premium On Demand, digital phone and multiple high-speed Internet services. Bright House Networks, which is owned by Advance/Newhouse Communications, also exclusively provides Central Florida News 13, the region's only 24-hour local news channel.