A new and improved University of Central Florida football new will return April 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Spectrum Stadium for the annual UCF Football Spring Game.

Reservations for the UCF Football Spring game and the UCFastival are now open. Students can reserve spaces on Memory Mall here. The Mall opens at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The Mall opens at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday although the 2017 UCFastival will begin at 11 a.m. The festival concludes at 5:30 p.m. followed by the start of the Spring Game at 6:30.

The Spring game will include a live performance from Lauren Alaina as well as an opening from Justin Grimes at 3:50 p.m.

“Knights fans taking part in the UCFastival will not go hungry. Food Truck Wars will be bringing the best food trucks in Florida to compete at the UCFastival,” UCF Athletics said.

“Food Truck Wars will feature more than 40 gourmet food trucks from all over the state. Each truck is competing to win awards such as Top Ticket Taker, Top Food Sales, Delectable Desserts, Casual Cuisine and the highly coveted People’s Choice Award. A portion of the proceeds from Food Truck Wars will benefit local charities.”

A fun zone with inflatables, an obstacle course, kickball, and a huge inflatable Knightro will be available to families and UCF fans. Make-your-own-snowcone treats and UCF-themed sand crafting, including live appearances from WWE NXT Superstars, all become part of the experience.

Tailgating Times for Spring Game

As in prior seasons, tailgating for the spring game will be allowed only in the E lots around Bright House Networks Stadium and at Memory Mall.

The E lots will open to all fans at 9 a.m. Memory Mall will open at 12:30 p.m. for students and alumni who have made reservations in advance. The open container waiver for both the stadium lots and Memory Mall will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Tailgating in all lots and the open container waiver will conclude at 6 p.m., 30 minutes prior to the 6:30 p.m. kickoff.

Reservations will become available for students and alumni at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 16. To sign up, go to http://ucfsga.com/knightsonthemall/

Knights fans also on April 22 can join in on the second annual UCFastival, which will include pre-game events like food truck wars and a concert from country music singer Lauren Alaina. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. For more information, see http://ucfknights.com/news/2017/3/23/football-lauren-alaina-to-headline-ucfastival.aspx?path=football

New Tailgating Policies for Regular Season

For UCF’s seven regular season home games, tailgating on Memory Mall and in most other areas of campus will now start six hours prior to kickoff – but no earlier than 8 a.m. To encourage Knights fans to arrive at the stadium before games begin, tailgating will conclude 30 minutes prior to kickoff.

UCF and the Student Government Association wanted to bring the tailgating times more in line with the policies of the National Football League and American Athletic Conference teams.

UCF’s new policy permits 5½ hours of tailgating for most games. The NFL permits 5 hours, and American schools generally allow between 4 and 6 hours of tailgating.

For the regular season, the E lots near the stadium, which are primarily reserved for Golden Knights Club donors, will continue to open at 8 a.m. on all game days.