About Knights Plaza- “The Then and The Now…”
Over the past 10 years UCF has experienced unprecedented growth in its notoriety and student enrollment. It became clear that with this tremendous growth the school had outgrown its arena which had served the key purposes of hosting Athletic events and Convocation Ceremonies for UCF graduates. There was no doubt that the need was great for a new venue, and although there was broad support for it, the traditional financial model for constructing and operating a world class Arena was not feasible. However, innovative thinking on the part of the University leadership and its Board of Trustees lead to the creation of a brand new area of campus called Knights Plaza that would be the financial support infrastructure to help underwrite the new Arena and its adjacent facilities.
Knights Plaza was developed as a contemporary on-campus neighborhood for students to “live, learn, and play” in a unique environment that would feature a variety of housing, retail, social, and entertainment opportunities; a place to build on school spirit and pride today, and a visible recruiting tool for the students of tomorrow. The Knights Plaza message to students, alumni and all who visit campus is clear: “This is not your father’s UCF”. While the physical assets of Knights Plaza are built to impress, equally important is what the visitor experience is. With that in mind, we developed this vision statement to guide us as we create and deliver that experience.
“Knights Plaza is the ‘Campus Town Center’ where students live, learn and play.”
“It is an ever-changing, easily moldable, always exciting, and somewhat surprising place where the UCF community and its neighbors come together to be entertained, to compete and to celebrate.”
“Discover” and “Explore” are terms that not only describe the essence of the Knights Plaza experience, but also the qualities and desires of those who participate in it. At Knights Plaza, you’ll find retail, restaurant and service locations, The Towers (student housing), CFE Arena, The Venue and great outdoor spaces to mix, mingle and just hang out. Knights Plaza is the place to “color outside the lines”.
Knights Plaza features a collection of shops and restaurants lining East and West Plaza Streets flanking both sides of the arena. Retail offerings are geared to student needs and interests and include CFE Federal Credit Union, Dominos Pizza, Dunkin’ Donuts, Kyoto Japanese Grill, Knightros (student meal plan cafe), Subway, Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Princeton Review Test Prep Center, Jimmy John’s sub shop, Recreation and Wellness Center, Veteran’s Academic Resource Center, and Health Services at Knights Plaza.
The Towers Residence Halls
A new day in campus living, the Towers features four bedroom, two bathroom apartments with private bedrooms, common living room area, full kitchens with dishwashers and adjacent garage parking. Tower III is both a living and learning community for students enrolled in the Burnett Honors College.
Completed in September of 2007, the 10,000 seat CFE Arena is home to UCF’s men’s and women’s basketball teams. In addition to athletic events, many concerts artists and shows including Katy Perry, Elton John, Michael Buble, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, The Radio City Rockettes, Seth Meyers, and Cirque du Soleil have performed here since its opening. http://www.cfearena.com
The original arena is the home of UCF women’s volleyball and is also utilized for many student focused events that are sponsored and produced by SGA, SDES, CAB, Greek Life, etc. It has also been used for informal “Tower-Ball” nights hosting open volleyball games especially for Knights Plaza residents.
A Special Tradition
Light Up UCF
Light Up UCF features “50 Nights of Music, Lights and Ice”, provides Central Florida families and residents with an affordable place to celebrate the holidays. Running for 50 days from mid-November to early January outside CFE Arena, Light Up UCF has become a holiday tradition, offering an outdoor ice skating rink, choreographed light shows, holiday movies, midway rides and nightly “snowfalls”. The event draws over 100,000 people to Knights Plaza during its http://www.lightupucf.com
About the University of Central Florida
- UCF is the largest university in Florida and the 2nd largest university in the United States with 59,785 students (Fall 2012)
- UCF employs 11,078 faculty and staff
- Encompasses the 1,415 acre main campus and 11 regional campuses
- On-campus housing for 6,800 students with 2,000 of these students living in Knights Plaza
- Largest number of on-campus and affiliated student housing in state of Florida, with 11,505 beds total
- 120,000+ Alumni in Orange County
- Over 24,000 households within a three mile radius with an average household income of $73,000/Year
About Leasing a Storefront in Knights Plaza
For information about leasing a storefront in Knights Plaza, contact Tizon Commercial, LLC at (407) 375-7637.