Homecoming Week to Include Fireworks, Web Streaming of Spirit Splash

Homecoming Week to Include Fireworks, Web Streaming of Spirit Splash

UCF’s Homecoming Week will feature a fireworks show, Movie Knight and a new twist to the popular Spirit Splash — the opportunity to watch the event via live web streaming.

“Each and every year we strive to make Homecoming appeal to everyone,” said Joey Wolf, Homecoming executive director. “We’re so excited to offer so many different events. From Concert Knight featuring Big Sean, Comedy Knight featuring Damon Wayans Jr., and our annual traditions of Sprit Splash and fireworks, we can’t wait to get started.”

Live streaming of Spirit Splash will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23.The tradition involves students celebrating what it means to be a UCF Knight and concludes with thousands of students jumping into the Reflecting Pond in front of Millican Hall.

“This [live streaming] is such a great opportunity to involve students and alumni that may not be able to make it back to campus for Spirit Splash,” said Wolf. “We know how important this event is to people and we’re so thrilled to be able to bring it to them live.”

To see the action click here beginning at 1 p.m. Playback will be available on demand after the conclusion of the event around 3 p.m.

Homecoming is  chock-full of fun activities aimed at students, faculty, alumni and their families. It’s a great time to head to campus and celebrate being a Knight.

Homecoming distributed all of its 6,000 student tickets for Concert Knight and Comedy Knight within two days. For more information, visit www.ucfhc.com.

UPDATE:  UCF will host a Homecoming fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, on Memory Mall.

To accommodate the fireworks, Garage D and a few designated rows of Lot D2 will close at 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. Vehicles in those areas must be removed by that time, or they will be subject to towing.

Additional on-campus parking will be available Friday, Oct. 23, at the Softball Stadium, with a shuttle service provided from there to the Health and Public Affairs shuttle stop in lot C1.

Garage D will remain closed after the fireworks until 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, when campus parking areas will open for football game day activities. UCF will host the University of Houston at noon Saturday.

Free parking for the fireworks display will be available Friday evening in garages C and H.

On game day, all vehicles without a valid game day permit in garages C, D, F and H and lots B4, B7, C1-C3, D1-D2 and E1-E8 are subject to towing beginning at 5 a.m. Saturday. Overnight parking is also prohibited on East Plaza Drive, and any unauthorized vehicles there are also subject to towing.

Overnight parking on Friday night is permitted in garages A, B and I, the Libra Garage and lots B5-6, B9, B12 and H4.

As a reminder, we will continue to offer $20 cash parking in Garage H on game days, which will be available to all fans. Since 2011, we have raised more than $200,000 for first-generation scholarships through Garage H proceeds.

If you have questions about the parking policies for the fireworks event, please call the Office of Student Involvement at 407-823-6471. More information about UCF’s game day policies is available at www.UCFGameDay.com.

Schedule of Events:

Kidz Carnival – Sunday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. – Lake Claire. Kid-friendly event featuring games and booths from various organizations across campus. Free admission.

Comedy Knight – Monday, Oct. 19, 9 p.m. – CFE Arena. Headlined by Damon Wayans Jr. and featuring Jimmy Tatro. Tickets are $25 and available through Ticketmaster and at the CFE Box Office.

Skit Knight – Tuesday, Oct. 20, 9 p.m. – CFE Arena. Various Greek organizations and student groups compete to create the most outstanding skits. Free admission.

Concert Knight – Wednesday, Oct. 21, 9 p.m. – CFE Arena. Big Sean headlines the show with country duo Dan + Shay in support. Tickets are $25 and available through Ticketmaster and at the CFE Box Office.

Coin Wars – Thursday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Student Union patio. Homecoming teams compete to raise the most amount of money through the collection of “silver” coins – nickels, dimes and quarters. Dollar bills count negatively toward teams and pennies are neutral. All proceeds benefit Knight-Thon, UCF’s dance marathon, which supports the Greater Orlando Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Movie Knight – Thursday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., Memory Mall. Come out and enjoy some popcorn under the stars as Homecoming screens “Minions.” Free admission.

Spirit Splash – Friday, Oct. 23, 1 p.m., Reflecting Pond. Join 15,000 of your closest friends and jump into the Reflecting Pond to snag one of Homecoming’s prized rubber ducks. Free admission.

Fireworks – Friday, Oct. 23, 9:30 p.m., Memory Mall. After the successful inaugural event last year, fireworks will again be featured at Homecoming. Free admission.

Football Game – Saturday, Oct. 24, noon, Bright House Networks Stadium. Come out and cheer on the Knights to victory against Houston. Homecoming King and Queen will be announced at halftime. (Homecoming Court voting opens Monday, Oct. 19, at 9 a.m.)