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UCF Basketball Home Games to Allow 25% Capacity This Season

Fans will get their chance to watch the Knights take on some high-profile competition

Photo: Derek Warden

UCF men’s basketball formally announced its non-conference schedule Tuesday. If you’ve been following along here, these opponents and dates shouldn’t surprise you, but this still looks like a fairly formidable four-game slate.

Nov. 28 vs. Oklahoma Sooners (season-opener)
Nov. 30 vs. Auburn Tigers
Dec. 6 at No. 25 Michigan Wolverines
Dec. 19 at No. 21 Florida State Seminoles

The only new info in that quartet is the date of the Michigan road game. Tip-off times will be announced later.

But there were a couple more pertinent nuggets released today that UCF fans know:

1. From “For games played at Addition Financial Arena, there will be 25 percent capacity and masks will be required at all times other than when actively eating or drinking. Ticket information will be available soon.”

There was some question as to whether UCF would allow any fans into Addition Financial Arena, considering that it is an indoor environment and one much smaller than the outdoor Bounce House, where 25% capacity is currently allowed for football games. But some fans will indeed be in the building when the Knights host Oklahoma and Auburn. One-quarter capacity means ~2,300-2,500 fans can be admitted. The details of how those seats will be split between students, general admission, away-team fans and others are still unknown.

2. This year’s UCF-Auburn game won’t be a one-off. The Knights will make a trip to The Plains next season.

The AAC will release its full conference schedule either late this week or early next week, according to a league source. It will employ a double round-robin format among its 11 member programs; that means 20 conference games for each. Division I college basketball teams can play up to 27 games this season, so there is a possibility that UCF adds a few more non-conference opponents. Every team has to schedule a minimum of four non-con games, and the UCF Knights have four good ones set so far.