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Bright House Networks Stadium
Bright House exterior on opening day.jpg
Location United States Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Coordinates 28°36′33″N 81°11′33″W / 28.6091°N 81.1924°W / 28.6091; -81.1924Coordinates: 28°36′33″N 81°11′33″W / 28.6091°N 81.1924°W / 28.6091; -81.1924
Broke ground 2006[1]
Opened September 15, 2007[2]
Owner University of Central Florida
Operator University of Central Florida
Surface Natural Grass
(Bermuda grass)[3]
Scoreboard 100 feet (30 m) x 37 feet (11 m)[4]
Construction cost $55 million[3]
Architect 360 Architecture[4]
General Contractor Wharton-Smith[4]
Capacity 45,301[5]
Record attendance 48,453[6]
Tenants
UCF Knights (NCAA) (2007-present)
Cure Bowl (Inaugural 2010)

Bright House Networks Stadium is the football stadium for the University of Central Florida’s football team, nicknamed the Knights. Located in Knights Plaza on the main campus of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida, the stadium was the first new on-campus stadium in NCAA Division I FBS to open in the 21st century.[7]

The steel and brick clad stadium was designed by 360 Architecture and boasts a seating capacity of 45,301.[4][5] The largest attended game was an October 2009 match-up versus the Miami Hurricanes with an attendance of 48,453.[6] The Knights moved to the stadium in 2007 from their previous facility, the Citrus Bowl, which is located near downtown Orlando.

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History

Bright House Networks Stadium as viewed from the student section.

Initially projected to have a cost of $40 to $45 million, the most recent cost estimations run as high as $55 million.[8] Construction of the new stadium was briefly delayed due to the concerns of local residents regarding potentially falling property values and noise levels from the stadium. The stadium was designed for a planned expansion to 65,000 seats. A 10,000 seat expansion of general seating and expansion of Roth Tower are planned within the next 5–10 years.

The stadium was originally built without water fountains. The university has argued that the building code used when the stadium was approved did not require water fountains.[9] However this turns out to be incorrect. The 2004 Florida building code (in effect in 2005 when the UCF Board of Trustees approved the stadium design) mandated that stadiums and other public arenas have a water fountain for every 1000 seats; or half that number if water is also available for sale.[10] During the opening game, they ran out of water at half time, and 18 people were hospitalized for heat exhaustion during the game. In order to correct the issue, UCF provided a free bottle of water to everyone at the next game, and immediately began work to install at least fifty water fountains throughout the stadium, in order to comply with the 2004 building code requirement.[11]

On August 8, 2006, UCF announced a fifteen-year, $15 million stadium naming rights deal with cable company Bright House Networks.[12]

UCF Knights

On May 9, 2006, it was announced that the Texas Longhorns would be the first opponent for the UCF Knights in the new stadium. The game, which was the first of three scheduled meetings between the schools,[13] was held September 15, 2007, and televised nationally on ESPN2 at 3:30 pm EDT (1930 UTC). A sellout crowd of 45,622 saw the Knights put a scare into the Longhorns before falling 35-32.[14][15]

Although the Knights lost their first on-campus home game, they finished the remainder of the stadium's inaugural season undefeated, including the Conference USA home opener against Memphis. The Knights would host the 2007 C-USA Championship at their new stadium, defeating the Tulsa Golden Hurricane's 44-25 in front of a crowd of 44,128. The most popular games played at Bright House against the Knights have included the University of South Florida Bulls and the Miami Hurricanes.

Bright House Networks Stadium on opening day

Traditions

View from endzone

The stadium has been referred to by some as "The Trampoline" or "Bouncehouse" because of fans jumping during Zombie Nation's song "Kernkraft 400." [16] The all-steel seating areas are known to reverberate and noticeably bounce. While many fans like this feature, some are uneasy with the bouncing. Stadium officials claimed the stadium was structurally sound, and an independent contractor confirmed that the bouncing will not damage the stadium and shorten its expected 50-year useful life. Still, a project was begun prior to the 2008 season to reinforce the stadium superstructure and mitigate the bouncing effect.[17]

There is a popular movement on the UCF campus to refer to Bright House Networks Stadium as "The Dungeon," "The Trampoline," or "The Bright House."[18]

Cure Bowl

Cure Bowl is a bowl game which benefits the Central Florida affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the American Cancer Society, featuring a team from Conference USA against a team from the Sun Belt Conference. The inaugural Cure Bowl will take place at Bright House Networks Stadium on December 18, 2010.[19]

References

  1. ^ "Tons of steel, 427 toilets in UCF's new home". Central Florida Future. 29 July 2007. http://www.centralfloridafuture.com/2.10659/tons-of-steel-427-toilets-in-ucf-s-new-home-1.1423544. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  2. ^ "Student support for UCF remains abysmal". Central Florida Future. 13 September 2007. http://www.centralfloridafuture.com/2.10659/student-support-for-ucf-remains-abysmal-1.1423294. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  3. ^ a b "Bright House Networks Stadium Featured in SportsTurf Magazine". UCF Athletics Association. http://ucfathletics.cstv.com/genrel/070208aad.html. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Bright House Stadium Bio". Bright House Networks Stadium Gameday. http://ucfathletics.cstv.com/brighthouse/bio.html. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  5. ^ a b "Bright House Networks Stadium". UCF Athletics Association. http://ucfathletics.cstv.com/facilities/ucf-brighthouse-bio.html. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  6. ^ a b "UCF blown away 27-7 vs. Miami Hurricanes". Central Florida Future. http://www.centralfloridafuture.com/ucf-blown-away-27-7-vs-miami-hurricanes-1.2024861. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  7. ^ Heinz Field, home to the Pitt Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers, opened in 2001, but is not on the University of Pittsburgh campus. Rentschler Field, home to the UConn Huskies, opened in 2003, but is not on the University of Connecticut campus. SMU's Gerald J. Ford Stadium opened in 2000, which was in the 20th century.
  8. ^ "Graduate fellows, assistants to get tuition waivers". Central Florida Future. 29 May 2006. http://media.www.centralfloridafuture.com/media/storage/paper174/news/2006/05/29/News/Graduate.Fellows.Assistants.To.Get.Tuition.Waivers-.shtml. 
  9. ^ "UCF Says No Water Fountains For You". YouTube.com. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbztAqMOuRI&mode=related&search=. Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  10. ^ “Code group: University of Central Florida didn't adhere to drinking water rules,” Orlando Sentinel, September 22, 2007).
  11. ^ "UCF To Install Water Fountains in New Stadium". WESH. http://www.wesh.com/news/14143574/detail.html?rss=orl&psp=news. Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  12. ^ "UCF Bright House Networks Stadium". Central Florida News 13. http://cfn13.com/StoryHeadline.aspx?id=17817. 
  13. ^ "UCF Football to Face Texas in New On-Campus Stadium in 2007 - 2005 national champs will be first opponent in new stadium.". UCF Athletic Association. 9 May 2006. http://ucfathletics.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/050906aaa.html. 
  14. ^ "Full up: UCF sells out 1st on-campus game". OrlandoSentinel.com. 2007-09-15. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orl-ucftickets1207sep12,0,.story. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  15. ^ Associated Press (2007-09-15). "Horns' McCoy, Charles team up to end UCF's upset bid". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=272582116. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  16. ^ "Jumpy fans worry UCF, but officials call stadium safe". orlando sentinel. 30 November 2007. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orl-stadium3007nov30,0,4754238.story?coll=orl_tab01_layout. 
  17. ^ Luis Zaragoza (2008-08-02). "UCF to take bounce out of stadium". Orlando Sentinel. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orl-bounce0208aug02,0,3865430.story?track=rss. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  18. ^ "UCF's Bright House Stadium Gets New Nickname". Central Florida News 13. http://www.cfnews13.com/News/Local/2007/11/30/thetrampoline.html. Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  19. ^ "About the Cure Bowl". Cure Bowl. http://www.curebowl.com/about/about-cure-bowl.html. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 

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Preceded by
Citrus Bowl
Home of
UCF Knights football

2007 – present
Succeeded by
Current
Preceded by
First Stadium
Home of
Cure Bowl

Inaugural 2010
Succeeded by
Current
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