Before every home game, the UCF Knight rides Pegasus into the stadium. This tradition is quite the sight to behold and creates a great atmosphere inside Bright House Stadium that lasts throughout the game.
2. Memory Mall
Memory Mall puts you at the center of the UCF tailgating scene. Here at Memory Mall you can check out live entertainment, stop by some of Orlando’s best food trucks, and take part in some of the best tailgating UCF has to offer. Make sure to reserve your spot to get the most out of your UCF game day experience.
3. The Charging Knight Statue
Located just outside of the stadium, this statue has become a “focal point” of the UCF game day experience. The statue was created by Don Reynolds and symbolizes UCF’s excellence in academics, partnerships, and athletics. Stop by and snap a picture with this statue as part of your UCF game day.
Knightro is the official mascot of the UCF Knights and has attended every UCF home and away game since 1994. He is always the life of the party and will surely keep adults and children alike entertained. Look for Knightro to energize the crowd even when the action on the field isn’t at its best.
5. Knight Walk
A great part of tailgating at UCF is the Knight Walk, which occurs two hours before kickoff and gives fans the opportunity to greet the players on the way to the stadium. The walk starts in the plaza next to the Jay Bergman Field and ends at Bright House Networks Stadium. Make sure to stop by the Knight Walk for your chance to see the team up close.
6. Rivalry with ECU
ECU’s rivalry with UCF is one of the newer ones in college football. However, it is quickly becoming a very heated one as the two schools have played in the same conference 2005, first in Conference USA and then starting in 2014 the American Athletic Conference. The Pirates have had the edge on the Knights since the beginning of this rivalry having won the first matchup in 1991. However, UCF has won the last two meetings.
7. Marching Knights
The 300+ member UCF marching band puts on a great display on game days. The band’s high-energy displays really rev up the crowd and work everyone into a frenzy, so make sure to take in their excellent performances throughout the game.
The dance squad at the University of Central Florida is one of the best dance squads in the country. The team consistently finishes in the top 10 in the country, so keep your eyes peeled for them as you wouldn’t want to miss one of their wonderful in-game performances.
9. Knight Plaza
Located in the UCF Athletics Village Knight Plaza is a great place to go before the game if you aren’t looking to deal with the hassle of setting up a tailgate. Here you’ll find Burger U where you can grab a few drinks and some food before heading into the stadium.
10. Rivalry With USF
Each Thanksgiving weekend these two bitter instate rivals duke it out. The rivalry between UCF and USF dates back to 2005 and has been rekindled recently as both teams are now members of the American Athletic Conference. USF leads the all-time series 4-2, but the Knights have won the last two meetings between these Florida-based teams.