The crown jewel in UCF’s impressive athletics complex, Bright House Networks Stadium opened in 2007. The campus facility gives the Knights one of the top venues in the southeast. After spending their previous 28 seasons at the Florida Citrus Bowl (now known as Camping World Stadium) in downtown Orlando, the Knights made their debut at Bright House Networks Stadium on Sept. 15, 2007, facing national power Texas. A capacity crowd was on hand for the game, which was televised live nationally on ESPN2.
In its inaugural campaign at the stadium, UCF completed the season with six-straight wins at home, including a 44-25 victory over Tulsa in the Conference USA Championship game. When UCF hosted Miami on Oct. 17, 2009, a facility-record 48,453 fans were on hand for the contest.
Located on the modern north side of campus, the stadium features luxury boxes, a large club lounge and a natural grass playing surface, as well as longtime public address announcer Erik Kohler providing the excitement as the Voice of Bright House Networks Stadium.
In the summer of 2015, the stadium enjoyed its first major renovation with the addition of the Carl Black and Gold Cabana. It is a premium experience in Bright House Networks Stadium that became one of the signatures of the UCF gameday experience. The Cabana is a 10,000-square-foot, Florida-themed social area and lounge located between the 30-yard lines. It features chair-back stadium seating, as well as an open-air sun deck to enjoy the game. Refreshments, televisions, private restrooms and other amenities are available as well.
One year later, UCF announced its 33.6 by 19.1 feet video board will be upgraded to a 114 by 36 feet LED display. It will feature Daktronics’ 15HD pixel layout for excellent image clarity. The display also has variable content zoning, allowing it to show one large image or be divided into multiple windows to show any variety of live video, instant replays, statistics, scoring, graphics, animations and sponsorship messages.
The stadium will also see the addition of a ribbon display added to the south end zone in 2016. This display will measure more than seven feet high by 199 feet wide.