Oct. 4, 2010
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By Joe Hornstein
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The Knights' nationally-televised Conference USA opener vs. UAB is two days away and Bright House Networks Stadium will be the place to be this Wednesday, Oct. 6. The game kicks off at 8 p.m., but pre-game festivities start much earlier. Beginning at 5 p.m., an exciting evening of free and festive activities leading up to the ESPN-televised primetime showdown will take place on IOA Plaza. UCF classes end at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, with traditional campus tailgating beginning at 2 p.m.
Get your cars parked and venture over to the stadium by 5 p.m. to catch the Hooters Hot Wing Challenge, pitting several UCF student groups against one another in UCF Athletics' and the UCF Student Government Association's first-annual competitive eating contest. Remove Before Flight will be in concert from 6-7 p.m. on IOA Plaza, where they will be performing their fan-favorite, UCF football-themed hit "Knightmare," along with songs from their self-titled studio release.
Between the two events, your UCF Knights football team will be walking straight through the middle of IOA Plaza and into Bright House Networks Stadium at approximately 5:45 p.m. for a special edition of the Knight Walk. Please join the Marching Knights and UCF spirit squad, as ESPN will be taping the team entering the stadium.
While you are at IOA Plaza, venture over to the UCF ISP Sports Fan Faire and catch the Smokey Bones Tailgate Radio Show beginning at 6 p.m. or visit one of several corporate partner tents distributing UCF-themed promotional items. Fan Faire participants will include game sponsor Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream, E-Tour & Travel, Smokey Bones, Holler-Classic Automotive Group and 5/3 Bank. The annual Howl-O-Scream will be providing free thundersticks to the UCF student section prior to kickoff.
UCF Athletics will be attempting to establish a student attendance record at the game, and has already received tremendous support from UCF SGA, as well as the University of Central Florida's satellite campuses and neighboring institutions, including Rollins College, Valencia Community College, Seminole State College of Florida, Full Sail University, Strayer University, University of Phoenix, Daytona Beach State College, Lake Sumter Community College and Brevard Community College. All college students will be admitted free to the game.
Any other Central Florida-based institutions of higher learning that are looking to participate in this record-setting event should contact the UCF Athletics Ticket Office at (407) 823-1000. Non-UCF students must receive a printed ticket from their school for entry into Bright House Networks Stadium. Non-UCF students can stop by the stadium box office windows on game day to receive their courtesy ticket to the game.
All UCF students will be admitted with a valid UCF ID. If you have not participated in the online student ticket registration, please stop by the SGA tailgate offices prior to game day or at the SGA tent located on IOA Plaza on game day to get your ticket to the game! In addition to the standard general admission student section in the south end zone, overflow student seating will be allocated in other sections of the stadium based on availability. Overflow seating will be assigned when the student end zone reaches capacity.
The game will serve as UCF Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night, with all faculty and staff eligible to receive a FREE ticket to the game. Visit the stadium's ticket office either on game day or from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and show your faculty/staff ID to pick up your ticket. Additional tickets can be purchased at a discounted rate of $20. You can also reserve your ticket by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 407-823-1000.
Tickets for this key C-USA matchup and first-ever mid-week football game on the University of Central Florida campus can still be purchased at UCFAthletics.com. Affordable mini-plans for the remainder of UCF's 2010 football campaign at Bright House Networks Stadium are currently available by calling the UCF Athletics Ticket Office at 407-UCF-1000 or logging on to UCFAthletics.com.
Class Schedules and Campus Closing Times
On game day, UCF will conduct classes on the Orlando campus and in the adjoining Research Park through 12:20 p.m., allowing for the completion of classes that begin at 11:30 a.m. The Orlando campus and university offices in the Research Park will close for normal operations at 12:30 p.m.
All employees should consult with their supervisors for details on how this affects them. Some employees, such as those who support game day operations, may need to remain in place after 12:30 p.m.
On game day, the Library will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Student Union will be open from 7 a.m. to midnight. The Marketplace will be open from 7:30 a.m. to midnight, and Knightro's will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Classes at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management and UCF's regional campuses will end at 2:50 p.m. on game day, with normal university operations closing at 3 p.m. That will allow for the completion of most classes at those sites and support student and staff and faculty member participation at the football game.
UCF offices will remain closed until 7 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7.
Main Campus Parking
Staff and faculty members and students who typically park in the C, D and E surface lots or in garages B, C, D and F should park in alternative locations on game day or be prepared to move their vehicles out of those areas no later than 12:30 p.m.
Vehicles parked in the C and D surface lots and in garages C, D and F after 12:30 p.m. MUST have a valid football Gold Zone parking pass displayed, or they will be subject to towing. Similarly, no parking will be authorized on East Plaza Drive after 12:30 p.m.
Garage B will be available for official university business, and specific requests for parking there should be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, to Peter Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other areas of campus - including the A and H garages and the B lots - will be open as usual for student and staff and faculty member parking. Vehicles parked in those lots will be allowed to remain there throughout the day. As on all game days, reserved parking spaces for staff and faculty members will not be honored on game day after 12:30 p.m.
Game Day Parking, Traffic and Tailgating Policies
The campus will open for game day parking and activities at 2 p.m. The open container waiver that allows alcohol consumption will be in effect from 2 p.m. until kickoff.
The Gold Zone, closest to Bright House Networks Stadium, requires a reserved game day parking permit and is only for members of the Golden Knights Club, credentialed media, stadium operations personnel, patrons with disabilities and students with special permits. The Gold Zone includes surface parking lots C 1-2, D 1-2 and E 1-8, as well as parking garages C, D and F and the baseball and softball lots. The first level of Garage D will be available to any vehicle displaying an authorized disabled permit.
Towers residents who have reserved parking spaces in Garages E and G are allowed to remain there on game days.
Almost all parking in the Red Zone and Blue Zone, except for Garage B, is free and open to everyone on a first-come, first-served basis.
UCF operates free shuttles for students to and from several nearby apartment complexes and a free park-and-ride service for all fans on game days.
Game day traffic patterns will be the same as for a Saturday game, with one exception. On weekdays, many vehicles travel through the campus to get from State Road 408 to the neighborhoods north of UCF. To accommodate that weekday traffic, the university will allow vehicles without game day parking passes to travel through much of the Gold Zone. The exception will be Gemini Boulevard North between North Orion Boulevard and Greek Park Drive.
Glass containers of any type, kegs and beer funnels are not allowed on campus. For more information on tailgating regulations, visit the UCF Game Day website.
Game Day Fan Help Desk
On game day, fans with questions can call 407-882-FANS (3267).
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.