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Official Review by Chris Green, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
Jay Bergman Field may look small and unassuming from the outside, but inside it is a different story. The field is at a lower level than all seating and the main concourse, and there is even an upper deck along the right field line. However, this stadium is about to go under construction in a major expansion that will include new and improved seating and a new name.
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The options for food at Jay Bergman Field are limited as there is usually only one operational concession stand. Despite having multiple beer and concessions carts laying around, only one place serves anything to eat or drink. That said, nothing is more than $4.50 on the menu with the exception of their $8 cheeseburger. Hot dogs cost $4, as do sodas, Powerades, lemon chills, and peanuts. Various snacks also available include candy, chips, cookies, cracker jacks, nachos, and popcorn.
The UCF baseball experience is one that feels like the stadium is on the brink of greatness. The walk up to the main entrance of Jay Bergman Field is well manicured, but the entrance is little more than a chain link fence with gates. There is an upper deck along the right field line that gives you the feeling like you're in a bigger facility, yet it has an obstructed view thanks to lighting poles. And the press box and suites building looks small and dated, a stark contrast to the rest of the stadium. However, the coming improvements will surely solve these issues.
UCF may not be in the heart of Orlando, but there are many fun things to do immediately surrounding the campus, and the campus itself is packed with lodging, shopping, and restaurants. Almost every major restaurant chain you can think of is nearby, as well as a mall and several other large shopping districts.
Visitors to the campus will also notice several smaller food venues around the arena on UCF's campus.
UCF fans are loyal and varied. The fans attending games seemingly represent every segment of college fans. Some are friends and family of players, while others are students taking in a free outdoor game while studying for their next test. Then there are the locals who are here to cheer on their favorite Knights, ranging from families that include the youngest fans, all the way to the more aged generation. You also have your baseball diehards, hoping to catch a glimpse of baseball's future stars right here in Central Florida.
The college is right off of Highway 417, which offers direct access to Orlando International Airport, the greater Walt Disney World area, I-4 to the north towards Daytona, Florida's Turnpike, and the Beachline Expressway to Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral.
On campus, parking is plentiful, with various garages and parking lots in the immediate vicinity of UCF Softball Complex for $5. The parking lot right in front of the softball stadium itself is free during game days but can fill up rather quickly. While traffic can be a bit of a pest during bigger games, it generally flows rather easily and will empty out in due time.
Ticket prices are low, with two options for single game tickets. Reserved seating, which runs the lower level from third base to home and eventually first base will cost you $7. General admission is $5 and includes the seating beyond first and third base as well as the upper deck along the first base line. Add that to the free parking available at the parking garage or various other lots nearby to the low cost of concessions and UCF has created a very affordable, quality night out.
UCF's mascot likes to wander the stands during games, pumping up the fans and interacting with the little ones in attendance.
The stadium also has a patio seating area in right field that is open to all students and ticket holders. This area offers a unique vantage point that not many stadiums give you being nearly at field level.
Finally, the school has erected a plaque for the school's donors as well as renderings of the coming renovations outside the main entrance, giving fans a view into the future of UCF baseball.
If you're looking for a great experience on game day, look no further than UCF baseball at Jay Bergman Field. While the team is a mid-major that doesn't make national headlines often, they are no less top quality in both performance on field and comfort in the stands. Fans can enjoy a great view from all seating vantage points and also have the option of finding something to snack on for a generally low price. All in all, UCF baseball has a lot to be proud of with its current home, and a lot to look forward to with future renovations.
Member Review by JimFolsom on May 14, 2013
The UCF Knights have a top-notch college baseball program. They have been to the NCAA Tournament 11 times since 1989 and have won six conference tournament championships and four regular season conference championships. If you recall the 2012’s Cinderella Story in college baseball, before the Stony Brook Seawolves beat LSU in the Super Regionals, they had to beat UCF twice in one day to even get that far. A top-level college baseball program in Florida means you are among the top in the game, and that probably means a good baseball park to stay competitive. UCF has a wonderful college ballpark in Jay Bergman Field.
Member Review by milesonsports on Jun 20, 2016
Jay Bergman Field is nestled between Bright House Networks Stadium and CFE Arena on the campus of the University of Central Florida in Orlando. UCF baseball reached great heights under head coach Jay Bergman from 1983 - 2008, with eight conference titles and nine NCAA Regional appearances.
The new era of Knight Baseball is under the direction of Terry Rooney, with two NCAA Regional appearances in 2011 and 2012. UCF faces great competition in the American Athletic Conference, providing an excellent platform for growth.
The capacity of Jay Bergman Field is listed around 3,600, improved by some recent renovations, including an addition of bleachers on the first base side. The reason the stadium has so much appeal for baseball fans is the vast amount of areas to watch the game including a lawn and a party deck in the outfield.
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