Spectrum Stadium – UCF Knights
National Champion Knights
The UCF Knights have gone through so many highs over the last 10 years, that it is easy to forget that a mere few seasons ago they were at the bottom of the college football world with an 0-12 record. Tho years later, the “national champion” Knights defeated Auburn in the Peach Bowl to finish the year 13-0. Their fans erupted in celebrations all over Central Florida, including a parade down Main Street USA in Walt Disney World and a block party in downtown Orlando.
A trip to a UCF football game at Spectrum Stadium reveals that the college football experience is alive and well on the campus of UCF. From the tailgating to the in-game fan interaction, the average uninitiated fan who isn’t familiar with the Knights will be surprised by this college experience.
Food & Beverage 4
After having average food options for many years, UCF invested in local businesses and upgraded their options. By far the star of the concessions at Spectrum Stadium is the Four Rivers BBQ. Owned and operated by UCF grads, this central Florida BBQ restaurant has become a local favorite and can now be found in Spectrum Field. Other popular options at the stadium are the $8 Knights Dog, featuring an all-beef hot dog topped with shredded pork, queso blanco, onions, and salsa. Other options include nachos ($6), chicken caesar wraps ($9), and mixed greens house salads ($9). Drink options include souvenir sodas ($6 with $3 refills), SmartWater ($6), and bottled water and soft drinks ($4-$4.50). Students get discounts on certain food and drinks with their student ID’s, including $2 hot dogs and $2 waters.
There is a reason they call Spectrum Stadium the bounce house. The fans keep this facility rocking all game, and the stands can be felt bouncing with the fans as they hype up the players on the field. Holding approximately 45,000 fans, the stadium gets very loud as well. The pre-game tailgating is incredibly vast, covering nearly every open lot and green space on campus for hours before the game even starts. The facilities in the stadium are immaculate as well. During the game, everything one expects from a college football game is here. From the band performances to the Golden Knights riding onto the field on horseback before kickoff.
The fans are sport-knowledgeable and know their favorite players well. Unlike some Florida colleges where fans go to be part of a fad or part of the scene, the fans here go out of pure loyalty. UCF games are truly a sight to behold for a college many have dismissed as just another mid-major team.
Spectrum Stadium is located on the campus of UCF; both the immediate area around the stadium and the campus itself are chock full of places to find food and shopping. Just outside the stadium’s main gate are CFE Arena and UCF’s baseball stadium. Here, you can find the UCF campus book store and associated Starbucks, as well as Burger U, the campus bar and burger/wings joint frequented by fans and students. Outside of campus, you can find Blaze Pizza, Tijuana Flats, and countless more restaurants. For somewhere to stay, the closest options are the Hilton Garden Inn and DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando East. Fans who are in the area are less than an hour away form Cocoa Beach and Kennedy Space Center to the east. To the west, you can find downtown Orlando and Lake Eola Park.
The fans at UCF are among some of the best and unrecognized in college football. The stadium is frequently sold out now on game day, thanks to the team’s recent successes. And when Spectrum Stadium is full to the gills with upwards of 45,000 fans, the noise level gets really loud! Before the game starts, the parking lots and garages all over campus are packed full of tailgating fans. Most of all, the experience at Spectrum Stadium is extremely family friendly. You will see the full range of fans, from older generations who have been long-time Central Florida residents to the youngest fans with growing families.
The biggest difficulty of game day at Spectrum Stadium is the parking and traffic in and around the stadium. Being that the stadium is located on campus, the roads in and out of the facility are small and get clogged quickly. Parking lots and garages fill up fast, so getting to the stadium early helps avoid a longer walk from across campus to the stadium’s gates in the hot Florida sun.
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Tickets to UCF games start at $14 and go up from there. Students can purchase student-guest tickets for anywhere from $25-$28 on the day of the game for guests to sit in the student section with them on a first-come first-serve basis. With ticket prices for top-level college football in Florida’s great weather, it won’t break the bank to take the family to a game on a given Saturday. With concessions prices also low and with top quality food, you can also feel comfortable knowing getting a bite to eat won’t break the bank.
Outside the main entrance to the stadium stands a statue of former head coach George O’Leary. It is a popular photo spot for fans visiting.
The team also features a horse-riding knight clad in golden armor who rides into the stadium before kickoff with the marching band in full parade behind him. This march starts in the tailgating areas and proceeds into the stadium after walking past the fans outside.
Finally, the end zone seating bungalows offer suites for VIP’s and groups that get you an unparalleled view of the field during the game.
While many may not think of UCF when it comes to the best college experiences in Florida, the team has quickly turned that opinion around for fans who have entered the gates at Spectrum Stadium. A growing and expanding program like UCF warrants increased interest from fans, and it is easy to see why they are flocking to Orlando. A visit to Orlando’s hometown team is almost now a must-see to any sports fan traveling through the state of Florida.
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The stadium experience at the Bounce House is not what it used to be, but it’s also about to grow into something better than it was. This program will continue to build under the new leadership of Head Coach Scott Frost. There is a lot of excitement in visiting some of the best traditions in college football, but it’s also special to visit a campus that continues to build a legacy. The area around the stadium continues to grow with new businesses and opportunities. There will continue to be a demand for quality football in Orlando and with that success brings 44,000 jumping fans into the stadium. Once this is accomplished, there will be no stopping these Knights.