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UCF Football vs. Temple: What You Need to Know for Thursday on Campus

How to navigate the academic portion of game day and game day activities.

By Jenna Lee |
October 29, 2018

Fans cheering in the stands at night waving a UCF black and gold flag

The No. 9 UCF football team hosts the Temple Owls, who are undefeated in conference play, on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

The No. 9 UCF Knights will go head to head in a conference matchup against the Temple Owls in Spectrum Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, for a nationally televised game on ESPN. UCF owns the longest winning streak in the nation, now at 20 games, and the Owls are undefeated in conference play.

The following information will help navigate the academic portion of game day and then game day activities.

Class Schedule and On-Campus Facilities

Classes on the main campus, in the Central Florida Research Park, at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management and on UCF Connect’s campuses will conclude at 3 p.m. Offices at those locations also will close for normal operations at 3 p.m. in order to allow adequate time for a smooth transition to game day activities, which will begin at 4 p.m. on most of the campus. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

Faculty who have classes in progress at 3 p.m. may choose to conduct the portions of those sessions that come before that time.

Some staff will be required to work past the time when the university closes. Please speak with your supervisor about how your area will handle operations after 3 p.m.

In order to provide students with additional time to study, the John C. Hitt Library will remain open until 5 p.m. Additionally, many UCF Dining Services locations will remain open after 3 p.m., including Knightro’s and ’63 South, which will be open until 10 p.m. and midnight, respectively.

UCF will re-open for normal operations, including regular class and activity schedules, at 6 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2.

Parking, Towing and Shuttles

Parking

Regular university-parking policies will be in effect until 3 p.m.

Faculty, staff, and students will be able to stay in many campus parking lots and garages after classes have concluded. Those areas include garages A, B and I as well as surface parking lots B5, B6, B9, and H4 with respect to your designated permits. The rear portion of lot B7 will be reserved for recreational vehicles. Those who possess a game day parking permit may remain parked in their designated football Gold Zone lot or garage throughout the day as long as their game day permit is displayed.

Beginning at 4 p.m., all vehicles without a valid game-day permit in garages C, D, F and H as well as the baseball lot and parking lots B4, C1-C3, D1-D2 and E1-E8 will be subject to towing.

Shuttles

Regular weekday student-shuttle routes will switch over to game-day operations at 2:30 p.m., and game-day shuttles will continue to run for two hours following the game.

Fans should park at the Research Pavilion, 12424 Research Parkway in Central Florida Research Park. Shuttles will transport fans from the Research Pavilion to parking lot D1. No tailgating will be permitted at the Research Pavilion.

The game-day shuttles will include all regular student-shuttle routes with the exception of Tivoli, Northgate and Northview, due to their close proximity to the stadium; services to these three communities ends at 2:30 p.m.

The Rosen College shuttle will depart from that campus at 3:30 p.m. and will leave from the main campus’s student union midnight.

Traffic Flow

Gemini Boulevard North between East Plaza and West Plaza drives will be closed to vehicular traffic prior to and during tailgating. The road will be reopened at the discretion of law enforcement following the conclusion of tailgating.

To expedite postgame traffic, North Orion Boulevard will only be open to traffic traveling from Gemini Boulevard to McCulloch Road starting at 9 p.m. until postgame traffic is cleared. Vehicles will not be able to enter campus from McCulloch Road during that time.

Two men play cornhole on grass

General tailgating on campus starts at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Tickets

A limited number of tickets remain for Thursday’s game and can be purchased online through UCF or by calling the UCF Athletics Ticket Office at 407-823-1000.

Student Tickets

UCF students can claim their free ticket through Thursday through UCFStudentTix.com, but please note that claiming a ticket does not guarantee entry. Early arrival to the stadium is strongly encouraged. Once students arrive at the gate, they must have their UCF student ID and mobile ticket. Students are also able to purchase guest tickets directly from UCFStudentTix.com.

For FAQ regarding guest tickets or to learn more about the program, visit ucfknights.com.

Remember, if 50,000 students attend home games before Nov. 9, UCF President Dale Whittaker has promised to accept UCF Director of Athletics Danny White’s challenge to join in UCF Homecoming’s tradition of Spirit Splash.

Going to the Game?

The Space Game is back. For the second year in a row, the Knights will wear special uniforms that symbolize the university’s roots in supporting and growing the United States space program at nearby Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This year, the team has incorporated the beloved Citronaut, UCF’s unofficial first mascot.

In honor of the Space Game, #UCFansWear wants to create a “Starry Knight” effect, so fans can wear black or white to the game. Official Space Game T-shirts are available for purchase (while supplies last) at ShopUCFKnights.com.

General tailgating on campus starts at 4 p.m. The UCF Alumni Indoor Tailgate, which is free for all alumni and their guests, will start at 4:30 p.m. at the UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center.

The main act for the UCF Tailgate Concert Series presented by Pacifico is Rodney Atkins, who will take the stage in IOA Plaza at 6 p.m.

Don’t forget, a clear-bag policy is in effect and it’s important to know your gate of entry. Express lanes are available for fans who don’t have any bags. These can be found in all lanes for gates 5 and 9 and some lanes in gates 12, 13 and 18. The clear-bag policy is effective for all sporting events at Spectrum Stadium. While fans are encouraged to not bring any bags, those that do can review the policy.

For additional information on game-day policies and procedures, please visit: www.UCFGameDay.com.