The castle in the University of Central Florida's new kingdom is surely the nation's newest college football venue, Bright House Networks Stadium. The home for UCF football sprawls over 25 acres, seats 45,301 and serves as the crown jewel of the schools' burgeoning Athletics Village located on the north end of campus.
The Bright House Networks Stadium is part of a $60 million project that included financing costs, reserve requirements, infrastructure, roads, parking and practice fields for football, soccer and baseball. Designs were provided by Kansas City, Mo.-based 360 Architecture, while the construction was managed by Wharton-Smith, Inc. of Sanford, Fla. The stadium seating was erected by Dant Clayton of Louisville, Ky.
Construction and operation of Bright House Networks Stadium was funded through naming rights, revenues from suites and club seat leases, ticket and concessions sales, donations, corporate sponsorships and advertising. No public money or tuition fees were used to build or run the stadium.
The stadium's west side features the four-level Roth Tower, which includes 24 luxury suites accessible by private elevator. In addition, it houses a 4,200 square-foot Club Lounge with seating for 822, all of which were sold out shortly after stadium ground-breaking. The Roth Tower has the typical college football mainstays, including a spacious press box, broadcast and administrative suites. Bright House Networks Stadium also provides ample ADA Seating, capable of providing more than 450 wheelchair-accessible seats.
There are two stadium scoreboards at Bright House Networks Stadium. The board mounted on the south end of the stadium measures 50' x 8', while the primary board on the north end measures 100' x 37'. It also features a 34' x 22' Daktronics ProStar VideoPlus display capable of displaying live video and instant replays, as well as game information, player and team statistics, advertising, graphics and animation in 16.7 million colors. In addition, the north board also contains a 5'7x72' 23mm ProAd digital display.
The stadium's lighting system is a Sportscluster Green Lighting System by Musco. There is one 168 1,500-watt metal halide fixtures mounted on four 140' galvanized steel poles. Additionally, there are 63 mounted video monitors, most of which are Panasonic 42 1080p high definition plasma screens. Bright House Networks Stadium's playing surface is Tifway 419 hybrid Bermuda. It was grown on location with the initial sprigging starting in March 2007 and reaching a lush, full-green appearance by June.
Outstanding customer service and memorable fan experiences are top priorities. There are 10 ticket windows; four on the east, four on the west, and two will call windows on the south side of the stadium. Plenty of restrooms are available with 10 separate women's, seven men's and four family/special needs facilities. Fixtures include 427 toilets, 104 urinals and 296 sinks, and all restrooms are handicapped accessible. There are also 11 permanent concession stands located around the stadium on the main concourse.
The Knights' locker room, located on the south end of the field, is 10,416 square feet and includes separate rooms for coaches, sports medicine, and equipment storage/distribution. The visiting team's locker room on the north end of the field and is 8,129 square feet.
Individual dressing rooms are also provided in the stadium for the game officials, chain crew, and cheerleaders.
Bright House Networks is the region's leading provider of home entertainment and information and serves more than 800,000 customers in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Volusia, Flagler, Marion, Sumter and Lake counties. The company's fiber-optic network offers digital cable, HDTV, digital video recorders, iCONTROL Video On Demand and Premium On Demand, digital phone and multiple high-speed Internet services. Bright House Networks, which is owned by Advance/Newhouse Communications, also exclusively provides Central Florida News 13, the region's only 24-hour local news channel.
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With 45,000 seats and a state-of-the-art infrastructure custom-wired by Bright House Networks technicians, Bright House Networks Stadium is much more than a new venue for football and other campus activities. A true level playing field, Bright House Networks Stadium now rises above campus as the vertical epicenter of many other new campus improvements. Together, the stadium and surrounding facilities comprise a new millennium innovation by grouping sports, dormitory facilities and retail space in a sort of Olympic Village effect. As the largest sponsor with naming rights, Bright House Networks wants much more than just the company name associated with Bright House Networks Stadium. Bright House Networks is paying $15 million of the $54 million construction cost: Doing that shows a level of commitment and partnership that confirms the depth of the company's commitment. Many Bright House Networks customers are current or former UCF students, and Bright House Networks has many employees who hold degrees from the university. As UCF has grown to one of the largest universities in the nation, Bright House Networks has grown with it, as both a provider and a partner. Bright House Networks Stadium represents the highest level a corporate/public sponsorship can achieve in bringing UCF and the surrounding community a unique asset that underscores the university's value as a nucleus of learning and progress.
"...Bright House Networks Stadium now rises above campus as the vertical epicenter..."
Bright House Networks Stadium is a 1-million-square-foot symbol of UCF's desire to provide its Conference USA football team with the best possible game venue while providing students, faculty, alumni and the community with a beautiful, practical and ultra-modern sports edifice that sets a standard of excellence in both appearance and function. Designed by architectural firm 360 to maximize fans' views of the action on the field, Bright House Networks Stadium makes true the old statement, "there's not a bad seat in the house."
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