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How To Prepare For Game Day: A Guide To UCF Football

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If you know anything about UCF, the school is all about game day. Since the football season of 2022 has come to an end when’s a better time than now to prepare for the next year’s games? For the last two years of my being a student at UCF, it’s been stress after stress about what to wear, when to show up, and so many other things that I wish I had a “big sister” to tell me all about when it comes to football before experiencing it myself. So now, I’m here to be your big sister on all things UCF game day. 

To start, let’s tackle the age-old question: “what do I wear to a UCF football game?” You need to start off with a base of school colors. Unless given a specific theme or color to wear, stick with the colors black and gold. You may seem drawn to your favorite pair of black jeans as I say this, but that is by far the last thing you want to do at an outdoor football game in Central Florida’s hottest season. Stick with a good, solid pair of black biker shorts, or denim if you want to look a little more put-together. My personal favorite option is a black athletic skirt! Mine comes with built-in biker shorts, and it makes my Instagram posts look even cuter than usual. Along with the skirt/shorts combo, I usually put on a tank top with the UCF logo. It shows a good amount of school spirit and it’s cute and comfortable. 

In my freshman year, I would always show up to football games at the absolute worst time. There would be crowds upon crowds, it was the hottest part of the day, and I would have to wait for hours until the game actually started. The key to walking right in and grabbing a seat immediately is to show up at the time you think is “late.” If you show up as soon as the student gates open, which is usually about two hours before the game, it becomes a race for the best seats, although all of the “good seats” are usually never taken about half an hour before the game, and there isn’t a crowd to get in. 

The most important thing to remember is to not stress out and to have fun. Get up early, get ready with your best friends, and go with them to cheer on the team even if it’s a sport you know absolutely nothing about. It’s a college football game, so if you miss a couple of plays, it’s not the end of the world. And remember, it’s just as fun to watch games on your living room television with a couple of your friends. This is supposed to be the best four years of your life, so take advantage of that! Scream and cheer for the Knights and get on the jumbotron; your parents will be so excited when they see you while they’re watching the game at home, trust me. 

Quinlan is a born and raised Floridian, specifically Tampa, and she loves all things beach and sun. She is a sophomore at the University of Central Florida and is studying towards a bachelors degree in communications and mass media. She loves pop culture, specifically Harry Styles and Taylor Swift, and even more so loves to share her opinions with the world. If she’s not writing for HC, she’s either at the beach or at Disney World.