UCF Knights A.D. Danny White announced that the program had been approved for 25% capacity for at least its first game at The Bounce House this season:
Among other things coming into focus: UCF ‘does not expect’ to play a home game prior to October 3rd against Tulsa.
But most importantly, the 25% capacity number could be seen as a bit of a surprise.
Earlier last week, Orlando City had announced they had been approved for 25% capacity at Exploria Stadium in downtown. But although Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer had approved it, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings expressed concern over allowing any fans at all, telling the Orlando Sentinel, “I’m going to be cautiously optimistic. I think it’s risky...If I had to make the decision myself, I wouldn’t allow it.”
While Demings does not have jurisdiction over OCSC, he does over UCF, with the campus located in unincorporated Orange County. However, through discussion with local authorities, and given the benefit of more than a month between now at the expected first home game, UCF stands to join Orlando City in allowing fans.
What We Don’t Know Yet
Although we have a 25% capacity figure right now for The Bounce House, which equates to roughly 11,050 fans, we have no idea who will comprise that number - specifically, how many will be season ticket holders (and which ones), if or how many single-game tickets will be put on sale, and whether or not any students will be in the mix. We hope to find out later Tuesday.