UCF Football Fans: What to Expect on Game Day

Jessica DAnalyst ISeptember 3, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - OCTOBER 20: A cheerleader of the University of Central Florida Golden Knights watches play against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Bright House Stadium on October 20, 2007 in Orlando, Florida.  UCF won 44 - 23. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

With the excitement of game day also comes the rules and regulations that make the day possible. The UCF Newsroom has released a football game day update for the Samford vs. UCF matchup this Saturday, Sept. 5, at Bright House Networks Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30.

Based on the first two football seasons on campus, the rules will be mostly the same. The most significant changes, however, have to do with the time that parking lots and garages open and when tailgating may begin.

For the Samford game, and any other game that kicks off at 6 p.m or later, parking areas will open and  tailgating may begin at noon.

For games that kick off before 6 p.m., fans will be able to enter parking lots and garages and begin tailgating at 8:00 a.m.

The length of UCF's tailgating period was reduced for the 2009 season, which has caused quite the uproar among Knights fans.

However, the university maintains that “the policy is consistent with what many other universities around the country allow” and that “the new policy enables fans to continue to enjoy UCF's outstanding tradition of on-campus tailgating”.

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UCF will also continue last year's policy of waiving county open container ordinances for alcohol from the start of tailgating until kickoff. Alcohol may not be consumed in tailgating areas after kickoff.

Again, as was policy last year, parking lots will close two hours after each game, or at midnight, whichever comes first.

The university also requests that anyone consuming alcohol be prepared to show proof that they are 21 or over. Glass containers of any type, kegs, and beer funnels are not allowed on campus.

Fans are invited to park at off-site parking lots conveniently located in the Research Park. Free UCF Shuttles will continuously transport passengers from Orlando Tech Center in Research Park to the on-campus Health Center stop (lot C3).

The service will be available from three hours prior to game start until two hours after the game's end. Also, non-service animals are not allowed on campus as per university game day policy. Be prepared, as university staff will ask a non-service animal be taken home.

Anyone with any more questions on game day can reach the UCF game day line at 407-882-FANS (3267).

In the meantime, let's get excited to play 1-AA Samford on Saturday! GO KNIGHTS!

Read this article and more of Jessica's Central Florida Knights articles at Examiner.com Orlando.