Orlando Weekly Fall Guide
SPORTS & RECREATION: Home game schedules for UCF Knights, Orlando Magic and Orlando Solar Bears, along with biking, yoga, martial arts, fishing tournaments, races and more
Published: September 25, 2013
Just as cooler weather and pumpkin-spiced treats usher in the fall, sports fans in Orlando can feel when their favorite season is nearing. Of course, these seasons come with very different climates as well. Some bask in the return of UCF Knights football, some suit up to root on the Orlando Magic, and others bundle up during Orlando Solar Bears games (full schedules below).
Even the solo athletes will have a hard time staying out of the game this fall in Orlando, as it’s our city’s most active season. That could mean taking a dip at weekly Happy Hour Paddleboarding Parties in Maitland (Wednesdays, Fridays and Mondays), meeting sports heroes like Olympian Jeff Galloway at Track Shack (Oct. 3), going for a military-style Ruck Sack March (Nov. 16), or simply admiring talent from afar at the Festivals of Speed (Nov. 29-Dec. 1).
We’ve provided a stacked roster of energetic events in this section; now it’s up to you to actively choose how to spend the fall sports season in Orlando. Really, there’s no wrong way to go about it, so pick wisely and then run with it – or skate with it, or wrestle with it, or just full on slam-dunk it.
UCF Knights Football
In their first year as part of the American Athletic Conference, the Knights started off the 2013-14 season with a three-game winning streak, including a shutout against Florida International University in Miami and an impressive road victory at Penn State’s Happy Valley. They suit up for an intense battle against the highly ranked South Carolina Gamecocks (Sept. 28) and then trudge through several conference bouts, before hosting cross-state foes the University of South Florida Bulls (Nov. 29) for a Friday night rivalry week matchup.
The following home games all take place at Bright House Networks Stadium, University of Central Florida; times to be announced; various prices; 407-823-1000; ucfathletics.com
UCF Knights vs. South Carolina Gamecocks
UCF Knights vs. Connecticut Huskies
UCF Knights vs. Houston Cougars Homecoming game for the Knights.
UCF Knights vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights 7:30 pm Thursday
UCF Knights vs. USF Bulls
In his first season as Orlando Magic head coach last year, Jacque Vaughn’s success didn’t quite match up to the initial hype, but we’ll just consider it a warmup. Nevertheless, the Magic are back in action this fall and fans look forward to a season filled with less injuries and more victories.
The team sees a home opener against the New Orleans Pelicans (Nov. 1), and then jumps into Eastern Conference matchups against the Brooklyn Nets (Nov. 3) and Boston Celtics (Nov. 8). Later in November, they’ll need to bring everything they’ve got when state rivals and defending champs the Miami Heat come to town (Nov. 20).