Let the Fiesta Continue



Jan. 9, 2014

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Story By Brian Ormiston, Video by Chip Fontanazza 

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The first person in line arrived at CFE Arena at 11 a.m. Wednesday, and eventually the crowd and atmosphere got even crazier as the UCF community celebrated the football team's historic season with a #UCFiesta Pep Rally.

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And that fan who showed up at 11 a.m. certainly has seen it all at UCF.

"Even from 1992 `til now UCF has grown immensely," said Sherrie Dulany, who graduated from UCF in 1992 and has a daughter who attends UCF. "I think with the win, it will attract other students to the school, and finally put UCF on a larger map as far as recruiting. I know we are known for our academics, but it would be great to have that athletic part and shine for that as well.

"I was at the (Tostitos Fiesta Bowl) and was out there from the 31st-3rd. All of it was very exciting - the energy, the excitement and the Baylor fans were very wonderful. There was this insane amount of energy at the game, the after party and the two pre-parties with the alumni party and the Tostitos College Football's Biggest Party. And the sights such as Sedona and the Grand Canyon were awesome as well. I would do it again in a heartbeat."

As soon as the doors opened, the lines grew to buy merchandise, purchase tickets and get pictures taken with the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl as well as the American Athletic Conference trophies.

By showtime, it was difficult to find an open seat. Even Don Jonas, UCF's first ever head coach in 1979, was in the house to take in the festivities.

During the event, head coach George O'Learyannounced that fans are invited to attend UCF's Signing Day Show in the Bright House Networks Stadium recruiting lounge Feb. 5 at 5:30 p.m., while the annual Spring Game will take place at the stadium Saturday, April 12, at 2 p.m.

For more coverage, check out the photo gallery and video links above.

The celebration will not end, though. A once-in-a-lifetime experience will take place Sunday when the UCF football team will be honored with a parade at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World which gets underway at 2 p.m.

"Be an Early Bird" as 2014 season tickets are on sale now. Call the UCF Ticket Office at 407-UCF-1000 for more details. And to learn about the Croke Park Classic against Penn State Aug. 30 in Dublin, Ireland, check out UCF.CrokeParkClassic.com.



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