The University of Central Florida will be hosting FIU for its football season-opener Thursday, Aug. 31, at 6 p.m.

“Classes on the main campus, in the Central Florida Research Park, at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management and on UCF’s regional campuses will conclude at 1 p.m.,” UCF stated.

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“Offices at those locations also will close for normal operations at 1 p.m. in order to allow adequate time for a smooth transition to game day activities, which will begin at 2 p.m.”

Faculty who have classes in progress at 1 p.m. have the option to conduct the portions of those sessions that come before that time.

Students should ask their instructor or view WebCourses for any announcements related to their Thursday afternoon sections.

Only the president of the university can cancel classes; students whose instructors continue to host classes during the cancellation period can consult with their department on the issue.

The John C. Hitt Library will remain open until 3 p.m. and both ’63 South (7:30 a.m. to midnight) and Knightro’s (7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.) will be open regular hours, the university stated.

Watch our game preview here and see below for important game day information from UCF

Important Gameday Information:

PARKING, TOWING, TRAFFIC, AND SHUTTLES

Regular university parking policies will be in effect until 1 p.m. on Aug. 31.

Students will be able to stay in many campus parking lots and garages after campus offices close. Those areas include garages A, B and I, the Libra Garage and lots B5-B6, B9 and H4.

Students who have a game day parking permit may remain parked in their designated Gold Zone lot or garage throughout the day as long as their game day permit is displayed.

All unauthorized vehicles in Garages C, D, F and H, Lots B4, B7, C2-C3, D1-D2, and E1-E8 are subject to towing beginning at 2 p.m. Parking also will be prohibited on East Plaza Drive.

Students are encouraged to ride free shuttles to and from the game. Most regular and game day student shuttle routes are the same and will run continuously until two hours after the game concludes. However, Route 6 (Northgate and Tivoli) and 13 (NorthView) are not part of the game day schedule due to their proximity to the stadium. Service on those routes will conclude at 4 p.m.

Additionally, regular shuttle routes connecting the main campus with the Rosen College of Hospitality Management and the Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona will conclude at 4 p.m. Game day shuttles operate on both of those routes. Details for all of the free student shuttles are available at www.UCFGameDay.com under the Travel and Parking tab.

To expedite postgame traffic, North Orion Boulevard will only be open to traffic traveling from Gemini Boulevard to McCulloch Road starting at 7:30 p.m. until post-game traffic is cleared. Vehicles will not be able to enter campus from McCulloch Road during that time.

ADMISSION AND GUEST TICKETS

Students who pay the athletic fee as part of their tuition and fees can show their IDs for free entry to the Aug. 31 game and all other home athletic events. The student entrance to Spectrum Stadium is located at Gates 7-9 at the north end of the stadium, directly beneath the scoreboard.

Students can purchase up to two student guest tickets the week of the game by bringing a valid UCF ID to the CFE Arena or by bringing a valid UCF ID to Spectrum Stadium’s east side box office on game day. Ticket prices are based on the lowest-priced individual game ticket for that specific game and are available while supplies last.

CLEAR BAG REMINDER

To provide a safer environment and expedite the entry process, UCF will continue a clear bag policy that took effect last season. Fans are encouraged not to bring any bags, but if you do, visit www.UCFGameDay.com and click on the clear bag graphic to see what bags are permitted.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information on game day, including details about game day traffic, tailgating policies, and free park-and-ride services, go to www.UCFGameDay.com.