University Of Central Florida Football, 50 Things To Look Forward To In 2016

By  //  September 2, 2016

Knight's Kick Off Sat. Vs. South Carolina State

ABOVE VIDEO: Head coach Scott Frost and select players talk about the Knights’ season opener against the South Carolina State Bulldogs. (UCF Video)

ORLANDO, FLORIDA ( – It’s game week for UCF Football. It’s a new era for the Knights and there are tons of new items for fans to experience this season at Bright House Networks Stadium.

It will be a smorgasbord of the senses for UCF fans. The following is a look at many of the new things UCF fans will see, hear, taste, smell and feel beginning Saturday, when the Knights will take on South Carolina State. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. But the newness will begin long before kickoff.

Here’s a look at the Top 50 new items for 2016 UCF Football (in no particular order):

  1. New head coach Scott Frost
  2. New faster-paced offense
  3. New defensive scheme, moving from a 4-3 to a 3-4 alignment
  4. New uniforms, with 64 different pants/jersey/helmet combinations
  5. New video board at Bright House Networks Stadium
  6. New sound system in Bright House Networks Stadium
  7. New UCF Football Tailgate Concert Series presented by FM 96.9 The Game, featuring Gin Blossoms headline concert Sept. 3
  8. New Bud Light Tailgate located at IOA Plaza, with the best seats in the house for the concert series, along with food and drink included, for just $40 (Buy S.C. State |  Buy Season Pass). Call 407-823-1000 for more information.
  9. New beer garden located on IOA Plaza
  10. Food trucks on IOA Plaza prior to the game
  11. New family-friendly interactive activities on IOA Plaza that will change for each game
  12. New Knight Walk – the team will enter the stadium through IOA Plaza 2 hours, 15 minutes prior to kickoff
  13. New UCF Knights Mobile App – stay up to date on everything you need to know for game day with our new official app
  14. New #UCFansWear – Need fashion advice on game day? We’ve got you covered with what to wear for each home game.
  15. New this year is complimentary (that’s right, free!) food from 4 Rivers Smokehouse in the Carl Black & Gold Cabana
  16. New wrap/signage around the Bright House Networks Stadium field
  17. New field design with a completely updated look in the end zones
  18. Black and gold flags along the top of Bright House Networks Stadium
  19. New banners and concourse signage
  20. New bathroom signage inside the stadium
  21. Fireworks and pyrotechnics
  22. New Marching Knights Director – Find out what Dr. Tremon Kizer brings to the Marching Knights this fall
  23. New seating section for the band. The Marching Knights will now fill Sections 135 and 136
  24. Keep your eyes on the skies. There will be a flyover Sept. 3
  25. New team intro video. The Knights will take the field with a new video on the new board
  26. New field decorations. During that team introduction, the Knights will be taking the field with some new flags and other surprises
  27. Speaking of introductions. The Marching Knights will get their own intro video on the new board
  28. New oath. Coach Frost has developed the Knights’ Oath. Fans will be encouraged to recite it with the team between the third and fourth quarters
  29. New tailgating spots on Memory Mall. Another 80 spots were added this season. And all of them sold out for the home opener
  30. New registration dates for Memory Mall. You can now register, beginning at 6 p.m. the Sunday before a home game
  31. New One Stop Cool Zone added inside Bright House Networks Stadium behind Section 133
  32. New upgrades to the One Stop Cool Zone behind Section 106
  33. Two new water monsters inside Bright House Networks Stadium, providing free ice water to fans
  34. New water monsters on Memory Mall (five of them) providing free ice water to cool off
  35. New specialty hot dogs for each game. Located in the Knight Zone stands in each end zone, near Sections 103 and 122
    South Carolina St. – Palmetto Dog (with pulled pork, slaw, Carolina BBQ sauce and onion strings)
    Maryland – Bay Dog (with lump crab meat, mayo and Old Bay seasoning)
    Tulane – French Quarter Dog (with red beans and rice and andouille sausage)
    Temple – Philly Cheese Dog (with sautéed onions and peppers and cheez whiz)
    Cincinnati – Queen City Dog (with fried Goetta sausage, sauerkraut and German mustard)
    Tulsa – OK Dog (with ground beef, sautéed white onions and crispy fried onions)
  36. New specialty burgers at “Graze” located at Gate 12
    Cuban Burger (burger with Swiss/American cheese, ham, pork and pickles on Cuban bread)
    The “Pig”asus (burger with sliced pork belly and pimento cheese on ciabatta roll)
    The Classic (two burger patties with lettuce, tomato and onion on a ciabatta roll)
  37. More new concessions at Gate 18. Fresh cheese steaks, sausages, grilled chicken sandwiches and burgers
  38. New water option. One-liter Smart Water available at all kiosks for $5
  39. Free Coke cell phone wallets with the purchase of two 20-ounce Coke products
  40. New fully-responsive web site ( makes mobile use on game day easier
  41. Libra Drive expanded to four lanes for better traffic management before and after game
  42. New parking management partners for Gold Zone lots
  43. New dynamic ticket pricing models
  44. New Knightmare Rewards program for students
  45. Newly-remodeled Knights Plaza in front of CFE Arena will be finished prior to Family Weekend game vs. Maryland
  46. New rewards/prizes for kids completing the Junior Knights projects during games
  47. New reserved group tailgate locations near IOA Plaza
  48. Commemorative season tickets showcasing the 10th season of Bright House Networks Stadium for those who have held tickets for five or more consecutive years
  49. Features on the 10th season of Bright House Networks Stadium
  50. New video control room that will run all the content on the new video board in both Bright House Networks Stadium and CFE Arena

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