Top international players from around the world could potentially suit up for a match on campus.
Today, the UCF Board of Trustees approved a potential plan to use the Bright House Networks Stadium as a venue to host the 2017 Florida Cup in mid-January.
The Florida Cup is a soccer tournament that includes several top players from all over the country. It mainly features top German professional teams against top Brazilian professional teams. Last year, the Florida Cup took place at three different venues: Disney's Wide World of Sports, Fort Lauderdale’s Lockhart stadium and the FAU football stadium.
UCF Athletic Director Danny White said there were many positive factors that could come with UCF hosting the Florida Cup. Hosting the event could potentially give UCF a very significant revenue opportunity, since Bright House Networks Stadium is only utilized about six times a year during football season.
White also noted that Bright House Networks Stadium was requested because “UCF has a large-sized venue in a great market.” The stadium also has the best grass surface in Central Florida, which is key for a soccer tournament.
White is trying to find other ways to use the stadium when it is not football season and is also trying to find ways to get students involved with the event.
“The most successful version of this would be that we could have some of the world’s best soccer players right here on UCF campus,” White said.
In addition, he claimed that hosting the cup could benefit both the men’s and women’s soccer teams at UCF because they could see professionals in action.
After being approved by the board, there are still steps that need to be taken in order to ensure that the event will happen at UCF. The final deal is still being negotiated.
Jillian James is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Email her at JillianJ@CentralFloridaFuture.com.