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UCF Track & Field Stadium Ribbon Cutting set for May 5th

Posted: April 29th, 2011 | Filed under: Athletics, Track and Soccer Stadium | No Comments »

The Track & Soccer stadium’s ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on May 5th, coinciding with the UCF Twilight track meet.  Here’s an excerpt from a UCF news release earlier this week:

UCF invites its fans, neighbors and supporting community to come out and celebrate the opening of the new Soccer and Track Stadium during the UCF Twilight with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Admission to the Ribbon Cutting and UCF Twilight track meet is FREE. There will also be complimentary parking in Garage F (adjacent to the track & field complex).

UCF Track Stadium Ribbon Cutting

UCF Athletics Facilities: Ready For The Next Level (Part 1 of 2)

Posted: February 4th, 2011 | Filed under: Athletics, Knights Plaza, Track and Soccer Stadium, UCF Arena | No Comments »

Bright House Networks Stadium with statue

As you know, this is not a UCF sports blog, and I don’t intend to make it one.  However, conference expansion is ongoing and UCF has a chance to make the jump from Conference USA to an Automatic Qualifying (AQ) BCS football conference in the BIG EAST.  The BIG EAST is currently the only AQ conference openly pursuing expansion to at least 10 teams (the 8-team conference recently added TCU for 2012).  Among the remaining expansion candidates, UCF’s name is always in the discussion as a potential (some say likely) target for the BIG EAST Conference.

Many people around the country are beginning to take notice of what is going on at UCF, given the recent success of the football and basketball programs. The football team finished ranked in the top 20 after winning C-USA and beating Georgia in the Liberty Bowl.  The basketball team got off to a hot start, also earning its first top-25 ranking after starting the season 14-0. And most recently, top football recruits from around the country are choosing UCF over traditional BCS AQ teams, citing the unlimited potential to excel here at UCF.

But expansion candidates are evaluated on a number of factors beyond program success.  Academics, fan support, TV market, and facilities are also considered.  Since this is a blog about construction and development at and around UCF, you can probably guess what the focus of this post is going to be.  In this two-part series, we’ll look at the facilities UCF has built in the past 10 years, what’s currently under construction, and what is still in the pipeline for the future.

UCF Bright House Networks Stadium aerial

Brighthouse Networks Stadium

Year Completed: 2007. Capacity: 45,301. After years of playing football 15 miles from campus at the aging Citrus Bowl, UCF built its own stadium on campus.  Seating expansion to 56,000 and additional luxury suites are expected within 10 years.

UCF Nicholson Fieldhouse

Indoor practice facility (Nicholson Fieldhouse)

Year Completed: 2005. The first of its kind in Florida. Regulation 120-yard field with FieldTurf surface in a climate-controlled building.  Other schools are playing catch-up: FSU is building an indoor facility but it won’t be open until June 2012.

UCF Wayne Densch Sports Center

Wayne Densch Sports Center

Completed: 2003. This building houses the football offices, as well as the strength & conditioning facilities for all sports. There are already plans to expand this building, which I will cover in the next post.

UCF Arena

UCF Arena

Year Completed: 2007. Capacity: 10,000.  UCF opened its new basketball arena in the middle of Knights Plaza, a mixed-use retail area with restaurants, residence halls, and more. Concerts, commencements, and other large events are also held here. Check out my previous post for more photos: Photo Tour: Knights Plaza & UCF Arena.

UCF Jay Bergman Field

Jay Bergman Field

Year Completed: 2001. Capacity: 2,230.  New video board was added in 2008, and the viewing deck behind right field was added in 2010.  Multi-phase expansion plans are also in the works for “The Berg”, with construction starting very soon. More details in the next post.

UCF Softball Complex

UCF Softball Complex

Year Completed: 2006. Capacity: 600.  The UCF Softball Complex sits right across the street from Brighthouse Stadium.  It houses offices, batting cages, training room, lounges, and conference rooms.

UCF Track Soccer Complex

Track and Soccer Complex

Year Completed: 1991. Capacity: 600. Even though it was only built 20 years ago, it is one of UCF’s oldest facilities.  Track surface was replaced in 2004, and several small improvements were made in 2008.  Construction just started on the multi-phase expansion project, which will bring seating capacity to over 2,000.

…And More

Rowing, Tennis and Golf also have beautiful facilities. Check out the official website for more information on these facilities.

What’s Next?

It’s clear that UCF has made the commitment to bring its athletics facilities to the next level.  It could be argued that what we have here in Orlando is already on par with many top-level athletics programs around the country. But there’s still a lot of work to do.

My next post will highlight what’s currently under construction and what is in the planning stages.  Hitt, Tribble, and the rest of the administration are determined to make UCF a household name when it comes to top-level athletics, and it looks like they are on the right track so far.

New Track & Soccer Stadium construction underway

Posted: January 5th, 2011 | Filed under: Athletics, Construction Photos, Track and Soccer Stadium | No Comments »

Last May, Athletic Director Keith Tribble announced his plans for a 10-year, $70 Million expansion in athletics facilities.  The Track and Soccer complex was identified as one of the top priorities for upgrades, and construction is now underway on the first phase of expansion.  According to the athletics department:

The new stadium will contain a press box and public restroom building and will be clad with a red brick and stucco facade. When completed, the UCF Track and Soccer Complex will have a seating capacity of over 2,000.

According to the school, $972,000 will be spent on this first phase of upgrades.  The second phase, a 7500-SF clubhouse with locker rooms, meeting space, and training rooms, is still in the works.

The first phase of construction will be complete in time for the UCF Invitational, March 25-26.

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