COLLEGE FOOTBALL: University of Central Florida Host ESPN College GameDay for First Time Saturday
By UCFKnights.com // November 17, 2018
Saturday will be the biggest day for college football in the history of UCF
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – This Saturday may be the biggest day for college football ever at the University of Central Florida as ESPN’s iconic college football preview show, ESPN College GameDay, will make its first-ever appearance at UCF’s Memory Mall.
In addition to College GameDay visiting, the Knights (9-0, 6-0) will host Cincinnati (9-1, 5-1) at 8 p.m. ET Saturday night at Spectrum Stadium.
The game will be broadcast to a national audience on ABC. The Knights will be playing to clinch the American Athletic Conference East Division Championship and a berth in the American Athletic Conference Championship game.
SOLD OUT STADIUM: Saturday’s game is now officially sold out unless you’re a UCF student. Students can claim their tickets through ucfstudenttix.com.
Gates open at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, but early arrival to the stadium is strongly encouraged as seating is first come, first served. Once students arrive at the gate, they must have their UCF student ID and mobile ticket. Student guest tickets are also officially sold out.
GAMEDAY SET LOCATION: The ESPN College GameDay set will be positioned in the southeast corner of Memory Mall, as depicted in the image below.
GAMEDAY PARKING INFORMATION
With ESPN College GameDay visiting UCF this weekend, some parking policy changes will be in effect for this week’s home football game vs. Cincinnati.
All those who hold parking passes for the Gold Zone lots of Garage C and D, as well as Lots C2, C3, D1 and D2 will have access to these lots beginning at midnight Friday night/Saturday morning.
All those who hold parking passes for the Gold Zone E Lots, Garage F, Softball Lot and Baseball Lot, will have access to these locations beginning at 6 a.m. Saturday morning. Memory Mall will also be open starting at 6 a.m. for those fans who have secured their tailgate reservations.
Those with Gold Zone parking that would like to park in Garage D to be closer to College GameDay, you are able to park there, beginning at midnight Friday night/Saturday morning. Vehicles must be moved to assigned Gold Zone Parking Location by 12:30 p.m.
Cars without permits will be allowed to park in these areas until 12:30 p.m. Any car without a visible parking pass hanging from its rear-view mirror is subject to towing after 12:30 p.m. Saturday, following the conclusion of ESPN College GameDay.
For any person who doesn’t have a parking pass, they can park anywhere on campus for College GameDay, but if they park in a permitted lot they have to be out of it by 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Please note, the open container policy will not take effect until 2 p.m. on Saturday. For more tailgating information visit ucfgameday.com
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2 p.m.: Help us welcome the College GameDay bus to UCF. Bring signs, confetti, noisemakers and whatever else you can think of to make it a memorable entrance! It’ll be arriving at the base of Memory Mall near the flagpole.
Friday, Nov. 16, 3:30 p.m.: A taping of ESPN’s College Football Live will take place from 3:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the College GameDay setup on Memory Mall. Deck out in your best black and gold and give television audiences around the country a glimpse of what to expect when they tune into ESPN on Saturday morning.
Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m.: It’s showtime for College GameDay. ESPN’s iconic college football preview show, which will from 9 a.m. until noon, will make its first-ever appearance at UCF. UCF is the 71st different school to host College GameDay and Orlando is the 83rd different city to host the show during its 25-year tenure.
ESPN will open the pit behind the stage at 6:30 a.m.
8 p.m. — Kickoff: UCF vs. Cincinnati at Spectrum Stadium
The No. 11 Knights will square off against the No. 19 Bearcats at 8 p.m. and aim to clinch the American Athletic Conference East Division Championship and a berth in the American Athletic Conference Championship game for the second consecutive year. The game will be aired on ABC.
WHAT TO WEAR: Fans going to the game are encouraged to “black out” Spectrum Stadium. You can find apparel, including special edition UCF-themed College GameDay shirts, through shopucfknights.com
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