Sept. 2, 2009
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - With just a few days remaining until the season-opening kick-off, UCF Athletics and ISP Sports are busy getting ready for game day. With Saturday's kickoff against Samford, presented by Bright House Networks, slated for 7:30 p.m., there are many new and fun options for you to choose from that will enhance your gameday experience on the beautiful UCF campus.
You can learn everything you need to know about UCF Football Game Day at UCFGameday.com, or log on throughout the week to UCFAthletics.com, the official news source of your UCF Knights.
Great Seats Available: Don't miss out on any game this season! Great seats at Bright House Networks Stadium can still be purchased by the UCF Athletics Ticket Sales staff at (407) 823-1000 or purchase online at UCFAthletics.com.
Gameday Planning: Based on the success of the first two seasons on campus, most of the gameday policies and procedures this year will be familiar to fans. The most significant change involves the time when campus parking lots will open and tailgating can begin. To read more about UCF Football Gameday, check out this news release
Golden Knights Club Pregame Hospitality: The Golden Knights Club will host its pre-game hospitality event at the Black & Gold Club in the UCF Arena from 4-7 p.m. Saturday. The event is open to GKC donors at the Noble Level and above. Visit the GKC section at UCFAthletics.com for more information.
Smokey Bones Tailgate Show and ISP-UCF Sports Fan Faire: Beginning at 5:30 p.m., fans can make their way to IOA Plaza, right in front of Bright House Networks Stadium, to listen to the pre-game radio broadcast live. Catch the ¡§Voice of the Knights¡¨ Marc Daniels, along with Jerry O¡¦Neill, Gary Parris and Scott Adams as they talk about the Samford game.
While you're in IOA Plaza, stop by one of the many corporate partner kiosks and receive one of many fan giveaways that will be available this Saturday. New to IOA Plaza in 2009 is the Chick-Fil-A Kids Club Kids Zone, with inflatables courtesy of Party Inflatables 4 Less.
Samford game Fan Faire participants
- Bright House Networks Tent and Tahoe Promotional Vehicle, giveaway is koozies
- Expressway Authority, giveaway is transponder holders
- E-Tour & Travel will have corn-hole bean bag toss games, giveaway is key chains
- U.S. Marines will have a pull-up challenge, giveaway item are dog tags, lanyards, stickers and magnets
- Holler Classic Automotive car display, giveaway items is UCF football stickers
- Tijuana Flats, giveaway items are UCF Mardi Gras beads and bandanas
- Smokey Bones, giveaway items are gift certificates
- Domino's Pizza will have corn-hole bean bag toss games, giveaway items are gift certificates
- 5/3 Bank will have an ATM in IOA Plaza
UCF Athletics Gameday Giveaways: What is UCF football gameday without coming home with a bag of goodies and gifts from many of our community's partners? ISP Sports and UCF Athletics Marketing have much in-store for fans attending the Samford game this Saturday. Get to the game on-time and receive:
- UCF Knights-themed t-shirts to the first 3,000 fans, courtesy of Bright House Networks
- 2009 UCF Football Fan Guides at all entry gates
- 2009 UCF Football Schedule Magnets, courtesy of Florida Hospital
- Bright House Networks Koozies, available at the Bright House Networks Kiosks located in the concourse
- 2009 UCF Football Schedule Posters and Cards, plus other sports marketing collateral at the UCF Athletics Marketing Table located inside the main stadium entry between Gates 1-4
MetroPCS In-Game Text Messaging Promotion: The Metro PCS "Game Day Getaway" contest will begin on Saturday with in-game text messaging opportunities for fans to enter weekly contests to win UCF prizes, VIP game experiences and tickets to future games. Come to the game and watch the video board for details.
Bright House Networks Stadium Text Messaging: UCF Athletics joins with In Stadium Solutions (ISS) to announce the implementation of a text-message based communication system at Bright House Networks Stadium for the start of the 2009 football season. The text messaging system allows fans to communicate directly with the stadium¡¦s command post if assistance is needed in dealing with any special needs inside the stadium. The system will be in place beginning 2 hours prior to each game.
Fans can simply text 41513 and type into the message the word "UCF," followed by a space, followed by a brief description of the issue and its location. Ushers, public safety personnel, first aid responders, or event staff will respond as needed.
Boston Culinary Group to offer several new food options at the game: Through the Boston Culinary Group, several new vendors will be joining the line-up of options at Bright House Networks Stadium this fall.
- The new Everglades BBQ will be located at concession stands 108 and 127
- The new Endzone Wings will be located near Gate 9
- Dippin' Dots will have several locations throughout the stadium
- Corn Dogs will be available through Carol's Catering
- Stay in your seats and vendors will be moving around the stands offering fresh lemonade, tasty cotton candy, smooth ice cream and more
- There are 11 permanent concession stands located at Bright House Networks Stadium
- Concession stand 131 will now accept credit and/or debit cards. Other permanent stands are cash only
Catch the all-new Marching Knights Pre-Game Show and More: At approximately 7:15 p.m., the Marching Knights will officially start the game with a new pre-game show that is certain to wow UCF fans and visitors, alike. Following the Marching Knights performance, UCF will usher back one of its oldest traditions, Pegasus, who will ride into the stadium with the historic golden Knight aboard and perform for a packed stadium crowd. Then turn your attention to the video board in the north endzone, where a new team intro video will play. Get ready for the Zombie Nation, as eyes focus to the Knights football team readying to march onto the field led by UCF¡¦s heralded spirit squad.
Pegasus Rides Again: In a unique partnership, the UCF Alumni Association has been "adopted" by the most famous equestrian show in America - The "World Famous" Lipizzaner Stallions. Owner White Stallion Productions of Oviedo is stepping in "to help create the best live mascot program in collegiate America." White Stallion President Gary Lashinsky said the company has partnered with the alumni association "as a gift to our hometown university commemorating our 40th anniversary." Pegasus and the new Knight will be a part of the new Marching Knights Pre-Game Show.
Marching Knights to host Band Day 2009: Follow the Marching Knights and 700 of their area high school band mates as they march from the Student Union through Memory Mall and into Bright House Networks Stadium at approximately 6 p.m. The high school bands will join the Marching Knights during a special halftime performance.
AFCA-NCAA Respect Weekend: In accordance with this nationwide gesture of good sportsmanship, the offensive and defensive starters for both teams will conduct a ceremonial handshake during pre-game leading up to the coin toss.
Bright House Networks New HD Channel Launch: Just prior to the Marching Knights halftime show, Bright House Networks will be on-field to conduct a very special launch of 20 new HD channels for the Central Florida region. The 20 contest winners from the Hunt 20 promotion will be on-field to launch the new channels.
Bright House Networks Stadium Ticket Office Hours: This Saturday, the Bright House Networks Stadium ticket office on the west side of the stadium will open at 1:30 p.m., six hours before the game. The east side box office will open three hours prior to the game at 4:30 p.m. UCF Card Services will be outside both ticket windows to manage any student ID card issues. For ticket information, please call the UCF Athletics Ticket Sales Office at (407) UCF-1000.
Gameday Fan Help Desk: UCF will continue to operate a telephone help desk that will be active on home football gamedays. Anyone with questions about game days can call 407-882-FANS (3267).
Chair backs are still available through ISP stadium seating: A customer service and sales location will be located across from Gate 2 in the Bright House Networks Stadium concourse. Chair back staff members will be wearing silver vests to identify them should you have questions with your prior season chair back rental or if you would like to purchase a season chair back at the game.
For the latest news on the Knights, log on to UCFAthletics.com - the official site for UCF varsity sports. The site, which also contains ticket and Golden Knights Club donor information, is also the home of UCF's new online apparel store. Also visit UCFPhotos.com, the exclusive fan source for UCF action sports pictures.