If there was any question that the University of Central Florida’s football team is surfing a huge wave of popularity, it was answered this past Monday when the school announced on Monday that it had sold out of its allotment of season tickets for the 2019 season.
It marks the first time in school history that the Knights have sold out their season ticket allotment, with the accomplishment occurring more than two weeks before its home opener against Florida A&M on Aug. 29.
With a Spectrum Stadium capacity of 44,206, the school reserves approximately 12,000 seats for the student. It also has a contractual agreement to provide a certain number of tickets to each its four conference opponents, as well as its two non-conference opponents. Factored in with the announcement of the season ticket sellout, only a small number of single game tickets will be available for each home game.
“The fact that our season-ticket allotment is gone before the start of a season is a first for UCF, and it absolutely speaks to both the success of the football program and how our alumni and community have embraced Orlando’s Hometown Team,” UCF Athletic Director Danny White said.
The increase in demand for UCF tickets comes on the heels of back-to-back undefeated regular seasons. Two years ago under Scott Frost, the Knights went 11-0 in the regular season, defeated Memphis in the AAC Championship Game and then upset No. 7 Auburn in the Peach Bowl to cap a perfect 13-0 season and finish No. 6 in the final AP Coaches Poll.
Last year under first-year head coach Josh Heupel, UCF again ran the table in the regular season. Despite losing quarterback McKenzie Milton to a broken leg in the regular season finale, UCF again defeated Memphis in the conference championship before losing a narrow 40-32 decision to LSU in the Fiesta Bowl.
The Knights 25 wins in 26 games is the third highest total among all NCAA Division-1 teams.
This unprecedented demand for UCF tickets has also resulted in the athletic department creating a season ticket wait list for the first time. It has also spurred some more talk about eventual stadium expansion.
“We’re confident that capacity crowds will become routine at Spectrum Stadium, and that suggests we need to be forward-thinking in terms of assessing what the options are to expand,” says White. “The topic of expansion isn’t new, but we feel some urgency to figure this out because of the growing demand in the community and, most importantly, with our students. We unfortunately had to turn away thousands of students at the majority of our games last year and we expect that number to grow this season. A 12,000-seat student section is just not big enough for the largest undergraduate enrollment in America.”
Last year, the Knights averaged a school-record 44,018 fans for its eight home games. That total included 47,795 fans that viewed UCF’s Nov. 17 victory over 19th-ranked Cincinnati on a weekend when ESPN Game Day came to UCF for the first time.