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Traveling to Georgia Tech on Sept. 19? Here’s Everything Knights Need to Know

Spoiler alert: Alcohol will be sold in general seating areas for the first time ever (!!!)

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This story has been updated.

The UCF Knights will travel to Atlanta for its first game of the season against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets this Saturday. They’re coming off a 16-13 win at FSU last Saturday before the Knights roll into town.

Sept. 19 will mark the third contest between UCF and Georgia Tech — the last matchup was on Sept. 2, 2000 and the Yellow Jackets won 21-17.

This is not the Knights’ first trip to Atlanta, however. Remember that sweet 34-27 victory against the Auburn Tigers in the 2018 Peach Bowl?

This trip will be very different from those in years past, however, as COVID-19 switches things up in the college football world. Attendance at Bobby Dodd Stadium has been approved for 20% capacity, or about 11,000 fans.

Here’s your guide to traveling to Atlanta for the game. But the most important thing to remember is to always rep the Black and Gold wherever you are in Georgia!

UCF at GT game information

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET

Location: Bobby Dodd Stadium, 177 North Avenue NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Local airport: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, 6000 N Terminal Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30320

Catching the game somewhere else? Watch the Knights vs. the Yellow Jackets at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.

Weather

As of Thursday at noon, The Weather Channel forecast for this weekend in Atlanta shows:

Friday: Mostly cloudy, 10% chance of rain, 82°/63°

Saturday (Game Day!): Cloudy skies, 0% chance of rain (!!!), 71°/54°, winds east-northeast at 10-15 mph, UV index at 5, sunset at 7:37 p.m.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, 10% chance of rain, 71°/50°

This will be updated daily.

Sally is now a post-tropical depression making its way over Georgia and into South Carolina. Stay tuned to Black & Gold Banneret and @danimedinanews on Twitter for the latest weather updates.

Still need a ticket?

UCF Athletics announced it would not be selling any tickets for away games.

“Fans interested in attending games at other stadiums will need to either purchase tickets directly through the home team’s ticket office or through the secondary market,” UCF Athletics said.

There are still single game tickets available on StubHub here. Tickets start at $37 and are available in groups of 2, 4 or 6.

Keep in mind that due to COVID-19, fans must stay in their reserved seats and cannot interact with fans in other seating clusters.

Tailgating

Although tailgating on campus was previously permitted, Georgia Tech Athletics announced Tuesday there would be no on-campus tailgating permitted ahead of Saturday’s game.

“This is not a decision that was made lightly. However, at this time, we feel that the safest course of action is to invite fans to come straight from their vehicles to Bobby Dodd Stadium, where we can better safeguard the health and safety of our students, staff and visitors through the protocols that we have in place designed to mitigate the risk of the transmission of Covid-19,” the statement said.

Bobby Dodd: COVID-19, parking, bag policy and everything else you should know

  • Face masks are required at Bobby Dodd Stadium for those ages 2 and up. Exceptions include: sitting in your assigned seat, while eating or drinking, at fixed eating or drinking areas in club areas
  • Georgia Tech has adopted contactless ticketing and parking this season
  • Tickets will have designated entrance gate to allow for an even distribution of fans throughout the stadium
  • Parking lots will open two hours prior to kickoff (1:30 p.m.) and stadium gates will open 90 minutes prior to kickoff (2 p.m.).
  • Bag policy has been amended for the “contactless” 2020 season: Each fan can bring in one (1) 1-gallon clear/resealable Ziploc style bag only. All other bags are prohibited (including clear bags and small clutch bags previously permitted). A complimentary bag check outside the stadium will be available for bags that do not comply with stadium policy and cannot be returned to the owner’s vehicle
  • Each fan can bring in one (1) sealed bottle of water up to 1 liter and a travel-sized bottle of hand sanitizer
  • All fans entering the stadium will be required to walk through metal detectors upon entry
  • For the first time, alcohol will be sold in general seating areas of the stadium
  • Concession stands and merchandise booths will maintain social distancing and restrooms have been redesigned with designated entry and exit points
  • Water fountains and water bottle filling stations will be routinely sanitized throughout the game
  • Elevators in the stadium will be reduced to 25% capacity
  • The following festivities will not be held this year: Yellow Jacket Alley, marching band pre-show, 404 Tailgate and Wreckfest. The Georgia Tech Marching Band, cheer team and dance team will not be permitted to perform on the field

Things to do in Atlanta

Big Sky Buckhead will host a Black and Gold Kickoff Party on Friday night at 7 p.m. with a performance by UCF alumnus DJ Chizzle. General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased online here. Admission to Friday’s event provides half-off bottomless mimosas during Saturday and Sunday brunch. Limited capacity and COVID-19 protocol will be in place.

Members of the Atlanta UCF Alumni Association compiled this list for Black & Gold Banneret of the best things to do, eat and drink while in the area:

Other places to stop at while in Atlanta:

Daniella Medina is a contributing writer for Black & Gold Banneret. Follow her on Twitter @danimedinanews.