Road trips are always fun. Especially when you go to a cool city like Orlando that has a lot of things to do … like Mickeyworld. We did mostly that since I had never ever been before and it was loads of fun, but also very very expensive. Mr. Walt Disney was an absolute genius. But Saturday was the reason for our trip so there would be no Disney activities on that day.
Saturday was the day to relax at the pool in the morning and cheer the Wolfpack to victory at night. It was brutally hot so tailgating at the resort pool all day was perfect. There were even several other Wolfpackers at our resort that had the same idea. We were out there so long I started turning my favorite color … RED. Yep nothing like a little sunburn action to prepare for the football game.
We had to take a toll road to get up to UCF. What a crock, right? What do I pay taxes for? Anyway, we paid at the exact coins lane most of the way up there, but had to go through an attendant lane for the last toll. The young lady working the booth was wearing a UCF Knights shirt. I couldn’t help myself so I may have said “Boo on your shirt!” to her. Nothing like some good natured ribbing, but she didn’t even flinch. So professional.
We parked way out from the stadium in a small lot by the UCF President’s house. The lot was filled with mostly State fans so that’s why we chose to park there. It was a good 20 minute hike to the stadium or, as we State fans say, a three beer walk. On our way to the stadium we had to walk through the Memory Mall, an open grass area about 2 or so football fields long where all the UCF students tailgate.
It’s always interesting walking through the student tailgate areas as an opposing fan. You hear some doozies for sure. When we first entered the Memory Mall this group of guys started talking junk. I decided to walk up to them and have some fun with it. I gave them a hard time for not showing us any Southern hospitality and what would you know, we ended up laughing at each other and me walking off with a cold PBR. We had a lot of people booing us, but it wasn’t too bad. It did look like a pretty cool place to tailgate. The scenery wasn’t bad either if you know what I mean.
Past that was a street lined with a few bars, a couple places to eat, a coffee shop, and a bookstore. That’s where I scalped my ticket. It took a while and I had to endure comments like, “I got two tickets for you … in my ass!” but eventually I got two tickets on the 45 yard line for a cool $40. We sat in those seats for the first half and all the UCF fans around us were extremely nice. I would have liked to sit there all game, but I had to join the Wolfpack faithful for the second half so I could really let loose and celebrate. The last quarter may have been a bit dicey, but we pulled it out and it was a perfect ending to a great road trip. Can’t wait for the next road trip … Hotlanta.