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Jay Bergman Field

Orlando, FL

Home of the UCF Knights

3.3

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Jay Bergman Field (map it)
4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL 32816


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Year Opened: 2001

Capacity: 3,600

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UCF Baseball at Bergman Field

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.

3.3

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

The Knights have the standard ballpark fare here. Nothing fancy. But that's OK by me. As long as I can get a burger, a dog, some popcorn, a cold soda at a baseball game, then I'm good to go. UCF has all of that. The hot dogs are $3.50 and the burgers $6, which is a bit pricey for college baseball. But on Tuesdays they have dogs and burgers for just $1.

Atmosphere    3

My most recent visit may not have been a good time to judge the crowd because the Tulane Green Wave were pummeling the Knights and the weather was threatening. In fact, start time was moved up to try and get the game in before the storm hit. Many fans did not get the word in time and were showing up late in the game. The crowd was sparse, although I found it interesting that there were many fans parked along the outfield fence and set up tailgate party-like areas. A lot of them just watched the game from there as you can see through the outfield fence. That seemed to be the place to be.

Neighborhood    4

It is hard to top the neighborhood at UCF. The baseball park is right next to both Bright House Networks Stadium and UCF Arena. Nearly brand new dorms, shops, eateries and athletic facilities surround the entire area. For the college sports fan, it is almost like Disney World. Along the main road leading to UCF, Alafaya Trail, there is no shortage of restaurants, with fast food and more upscale options to choose from. The whole area is clean and safe for the family.

On campus near the stadium, you can go to Tailgaters and eat some wings, drink some beer and watch some games on the big screen TVs before you head to the game.

UCF got some bad publicity when there was a botched mass murder attempt by a student in one of these dorms near the ballpark. But, the campus police arrived on the scene so quickly that the gunman never got off a shot at anyone other than himself. So it should be a positive thing that the security is so tight that they were able to avoid being another school shooting tragedy.

Fans    2

There were not a lot of fans at the game I attended. But the weather was threatening and that may have kept a lot of them away, plus many did not get the word on the start of the game being moved up. UCF wound up being right about moving the start up as the clouds opened up right around 4:00, which was supposed to be the start time. It rained so hard there would have been no way to get the game in. But still, I have to go by what I saw which was many empty seats.

Access    4

Getting to Jay Bergman Field could not be much easier. I was able to pull in and park right behind the batters eye in center field. Getting to UCF can be a bit of a challenge though as it is nowhere close to I-4. The 408 can get you fairly close to the campus if you don't mind paying the tolls. For a baseball game, traffic is light on Alafaya and also getting to the ballpark.

Return on Investment    4

If you do not have to drive far to get there, it is a very inexpensive day. Gas will likely be your biggest expense as tickets are cheap and parking is free. The food prices are a bit high, but not that out of the ordinary for a sporting event. The odds are good that you will be catching one of the free t-shirts the lovely female students throw out in between innings. The seats are very close to the action as the park probably only holds 3,600 fans when at capacity. So for the money, it is not a bad day out. Of course, college baseball along with minor league baseball is probably the best bang for your buck in sports. Go on a Tuesday with about $20 and eat and drink as much as you want.

Extras    3

There is a nice video board in the outfield and a good sound system. There is also a berm down the left field line for those big games such as when the Florida Gators or Miami Hurricanes come to town. They can squeeze about as many people into the park as they want when the berm is maximized. Just bring a lawn chair or blanket and come watch the game.

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