UCF football’s home stadium in Orlando, Florida, reportedly has a new official name, and it’s one that Knights fans will likely welcome with open arms. According to SB Nation’s Brian Murphy, UCF’s home stadium had its name officially changed from Spectrum Stadium to “Bounce House” a popular nickname of the 13-year-old venue as of Aug. 1.
It is not immediately clear as to how the name change, which is now reflected on the team’s website, may impact Spectrum’s naming rights deal. The stadium was initially known as Bright House Networks Stadium from 2007-2017 before Spectrum gained naming rights in time for the 2018 season.
As for the “Bounce House” nickname, the moniker became popular due to the considerable shaking that can be felt during UCF home games when its crowd jumps in unison. The stadium has an official listed capacity of just more than 44,200 for football games.
UCF, entering the 2020 season, had been slated to open its season at home vs. Mack Brown and the North Carolina Tar Heels on Labor Day Weekend. As of Wednesday, that game has not yet been canceled, but it’s clear that UCF will no longer host that game if it is played, as ACC announced last week that its member schools’ non-conference games — each ACC schools is allowed one — must be played in the same state as the ACC participant. UCF is scheduled to host FIU the following week on Sept. 12, which now stands as the team’s season-opener unless the Knights were to scrap their matchup with the Tar Heels and schedule a different opponent at home on Labor Day Weekend or the week prior.
The American Athletic Conference has made the decision to continue forward with an eight-game conference football schedule for the coming season, while also allowing schools to schedule up to four non-conference games, if they desire.
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