UCF Knights to debut end zone cabana suites next season (pics)
The University of Central Florida Knights announced plans to install cabanas near the end zones at Bright House Networks Stadium as a means to introduce a suite-level experience on the actual field surface.
The cabana suites will come fully furnished with food and drink available. A special access to a restricted area where concessions and bathrooms are located are among the other amenities. The suites accommodate 12 and cost $22,000 for the 2017 college football season, which include tickets and parking passes.
“We had a waiting list for suites and we sold out of club seats and that led us to do a new club area last year,” said associate athletics director Andy Seeley. “But there was future interest from our market in more premium space, so we created more.”
The nine suites in the south end zone have already been sold out, so the north end zone will also feature nine cabana suites.
The rendering provided by UCF doesn’t accurately portray the depth of where the suites are located, as they appear to be right on top of the end zone. Seeley told ESPN’s Darren Rovell that the suites are padded have passed all safety requirements and sit below the line of photographers.
The UCF Knights official Twitter account later posted a more representative image of the suites’ planned location.
@PresqueIslePete We've done our homework on them, and while the rendering shows them super close, it'll be further back like this pic.twitter.com/P0mtyiAaei
— UCF Knights (@UCFKnights) January 25, 2017
College football programs are always seeking new and innovative ways to generate in-stadium revenue on game days. It looks like Central Florida may have come up with the latest brilliant one.