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What’s Big in '23: UCF Football Welcomes Knight Nation Back with Exciting Enhancements

ORLANDO – UCF Athletics is thrilled to announce the return of Knight Nation to UCF football game days in 2023 for its inaugural season in the Big 12 Conference! As part of our commitment to providing a special game day experience, UCF Athletics is proud to unveil a range of enhancements for the '23 season. Here are the Big Things” Knight fans can look forward to this season: 

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  • The New UCF Fan Experience Twitter + Instagram Account : Stay up-to-date with the latest game day information by following the new UCF Fan Experience account on Twitter (or X @UCF_FanX , and on IG - @UCF_FanX  

    • Updated UCF Gameday App: Make sure to download or update your UCF Gameday app now and opt in for push notifications to receive updates on UCF Gameday. Click here to download - UCF Gameday IOS,  UCF Gameday - Android 

Game Themes and FanswearClick here to save the schedule to your phone   

    • 8/31 vs. Kent State 7pm Presented by Yuengling: Home Opener (Wear Black) 

    • 9/16 Villanova 7pm Presented by OUC: UCF Salutes (USA) 

    • 9/30 Baylor Presented by Addition Financial: Big 12 Conference Home Opener (Wear White) 

    • 10/28 West Virginia Presented by KnightPass Homecoming (Wear Black)

    • 11/11 Oklahoma State Presented by Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute - Space Game (Black/Canaveral Blue)

    • 11/25 Houston: Senior Knight (Wear Black)

      To coordinate your UCF FansWear  Click here 

Upgraded Lighting and Connectivity

    • Enhanced visibility and improved connectivity with upgraded LED-colored lighting and advanced 5G technology throughout the stadium. Click here to learn more



Newly Branded Bounce House Live at IOA Plaza: Get ready to immerse yourself in the pregame party at the newly branded Bounce House Live at IOA Plaza! Here's what's in store for you: 

    • 🎊 South Lawn: Experience the Corona Tailgate Concert Series and the NEW Yuengling Bar (21+). Concert Series artists announcement coming soon! *Please Drink Responsibly  

    • 🎡 North Lawn:  Enjoy exciting activations, sponsored activities, and the Knightro’s Kids Club. We've got inflatables, a Mini Football Field (select games), and more to keep the little ones entertained all season long! 

    • Join Knightro’s Kids Club and Download the app 

Gameday TraditionsSave this for your Gameday Timeline leading up to kick-off :  

    • Knight walk – Meet at the Charging Knight at Bounce House live on IOA plaza and Greet the Team – 2 hours 15 mins before kick-off 

    • Tailgate Concert Series Presented by CoronaThe Concert starts 2 hours – 90 mins before kick-off  

    • March to Victory – Join band, cheer, and Knightro - 90 Mins before Kick off on East Plaza Drive  

    • First Bounce Pregame Show – be in your seats for all the pregame Bounce 30 minutes before kick-off – you don’t want to miss this! 

    • Team Run outHappening at 4:07 mins left before kick-off. 

New: In-house DJ now added for all games. 

Provisions + Concourse Features 

    • Concessions: Explore diverse offerings, including limited edition Big 12 Matchup collectible souvenir cups, Big 12-themed menus, Powerade SpaceU Themed Concession Stands, and more. 

New Concessions items 
include -

  • Huey Magoos Chicken Tenders + Fries (Stand 122)
  • Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream (Concourse)
  • Veggie Wraps @ Stadium Classics (Stand 108)
  • Cheetos Popcorn and Cheetos Pretzel @ Stadium Classics (Stand 108)
  • Churro Bites with Chocolate Sauce @ Senor Knightro’s (Stand 120)
  • Big 12 Eats  @Knight Nation Grill (Stand 113)  Specialized food item showcasing the flavors of the Big 12. 
  • Grab and Go (Snack/Drink) locations on the concourse for faster concession transactions to get you back to your seat quicker (located inside 126 and 104). 

  • Filtered water bottle filling stations with touchless technology are located by the student section entrance and at both Frank Gay Cool Zone Locations. 

Premium Areas  

    • Upgraded fencing in the North Field Cabana and Carl Black and Gold Cabana 

    • New upgraded service/food and beverage call systems in Field Cabanas and Suites

    • New and upgraded décor in Carl Black & Gold Cabana 

    • Upgraded food service stations and décor in 3MG Club

    • New and upgraded menu items in Suites, Field Cabanas, and 3MG Club


      • Flippers Pizza stand in Stadium Club and Carl Black and Gold Cabana

      • Key Lime Pie in Stadium Club and Carl Black and Gold Cabana

      • Orlando Orange Chicken in Stadium Club and Carl Black and Gold Cabana

      • Featured Big 12 Eats (Stand 100 inside the Stadium Club)


Gameday Reminders:  

    • Arrive early: Beat the Crowds: Arriving early is the key to catching all the action! With sold-out capacity crowds, we recommend arriving early to ensure a smooth entry and avoid missing any part of the game. 

    • Parking + Ticketing

      • Parking - Gold Zone Parking Permits are now digital, allowing fans to transfer and resell passes hassle-free. Please add these to your phone before you arrive on campus - Click here for more info,

      • Tickets – Reminder all tickets are digital and it is recommended to have your digital ticket added to phone before you arrive at the gates on gamedayParking info 

      • Student Passes - Students can claim their free passes by following these simple steps - download the UCF Gameday app, opt-in for Student Push notifications, and creating a free UCF account using their email. Visit 


Fan Safety: To ensure a safe and secure environment for all, everyone entering the stadium will pass through metal detectors or be screened with handheld metal detectors. For more information and FAQs, please click here.

UCF Athletics is thrilled to welcome Knight Nation back for the Inaugural Big 12 Season! Stay updated at 🏈