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RayJay’s upper deck to open for UCF-USF showdown

Tickets for the Nov. 23 game are on sale for seating in the west side's upper level
USF players celebrate with the student section after after defeating Connecticut at Raymond James Stadium in October. (OCTAVIO JONES | Times)
USF players celebrate with the student section after after defeating Connecticut at Raymond James Stadium in October. (OCTAVIO JONES | Times)
Published Nov. 8, 2018

As a response to high demand, seating in the west upper deck of Raymond James Stadium will be available for USF's Nov. 23 showdown against cross-state rival UCF, vice-president of athletics Michael Kelly has confirmed.

The upper deck typically is closed for USF home contests, which has drawn an average announced crowd of 34,695 through five home games this season. But the school announced Thursday that only "700 prime seats" remain in various "dynamically-priced lower bowl sections."

"With ticket demand for the game continuing to build and remaining lower-bowl seating inventory shrinking daily, we felt it was time to open tickets sales in the 300 level," Kelly said in a statement released by USF. "We anticipate tickets moving quickly and a tremendous atmosphere in Raymond James Stadium on game day."

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Kickoff time for the Black Friday game hasn't been announced, but it's almost certain to be broadcast nationally after the Bulls and Knights staged one of the most exciting games of the 2017 season last November in Orlando. UCF's 49-42 triumph delivered ABC's third-highest audience for a 3:30 p.m. Black Friday game dating to 2002.

Upper deck tickets are priced between $29-$59, and can be purchased by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls, visiting www.USFBullsTix.com or in-person at the USF Ticket Office (Lee Roy Selmon Athletic Center) Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.