March 4, 2010
By Leigh Torbin
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The temperatures in Orlando might still feel like winter but spring will be here shortly and it is never too soon to start making your plans for UCF's annual Hall of Fame Weekend, April 16-18.
With the UCF football team playing its annual Spring Game followed by a barbecue and autograph session, the latest class of UCF Athletic Hall of Famers being inducted, the baseball team playing host to 2006-08 College World Series participant Rice and more great events, there is no other place for any UCF fan to be that mid-April weekend than on the school's beautiful campus.
Fans can get a single pass for the entire weekend, including the gala induction dinner, for $60 or purchase event tickets individually including a nominal $5 fee for the annual Spring Game and fans' first glimpse of their 2010 Knights on the grass at Bright House Networks Stadium as they embark on their quest to recapture the Conference USA championship.
Things will get underway Friday night, April 16, with the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony as another banner class of UCF legends will be recognized at Bright House Networks Stadium's J. Rolfe Davis Recruiting Room. Cocktail hour runs from 6-7 p.m. for that event with the enshrinement festivities to follow. Meanwhile, No. 9 Rice will be facing head coach Terry Rooney's Knights at the UCF baseball complex with first pitch slated for 6:30 p.m.
Saturday morning, April 17, will offer fans a chance to catch UCF's rising women's tennis team take on Conference USA foe East Carolina at 10 a.m. to start a full day of UCF excitement.
Bright House Networks Stadium lots open at 8 a.m. for tailgating as usual to start the football Spring Game day. Season ticket holders are welcome to a pregame open house from 10 a.m. until noon followed by a special Golden Knights Club donor reception in the stadium's club lounge. UCF's football team will start a full scrimmage at 1 p.m., the team's lone appearance on the stadium's field prior to the much-anticipated start of the 2010 season as the Knights build upon a bowl season in 2009 with many key starters returning.
The fun is just beginning for Knights fans with the football game as, after the game, the UCF Pigskin Barbecue will be held on the team's practice fields adjacent to the stadium. The entire UCF team will be available for free autographs while fans can also enjoy a delicious plate of barbecue along with their favorite student-athletes for just $5 in advance or $8 on the day of the game.
Sunday, April 18, at noon will bring the third and final game between the Knights and Owls on the diamond as UCF sees where it stands against one of the top teams in both Conference USA and the nation.
So, set your calendars now for April 16-18 and come kick off the spring with the Knights!
Fans interested in UCF football season tickets, starting for as low as $99, can find information either online at UCFAthletics.com or by calling the UCF Athletics Ticket Office at (407) 823-1000. Fans who are current season ticket holders should already have their renewal information which is due on April 1.