McNamara Cove—and "Covegating"—officially are coming to UCF in 2020, with approval of the name today by the University's Board of Trustees.
Covegating in McNamara Cove will generate new operating revenues for UCF Athletics while also delivering college football's most unique gameday tailgating experience for both individuals and corporate clients. The Cove project is being privately funded – and no state, University or student funds are part of funding it.
UCF will offer a capacity of 250 all-inclusive "Covegating" membership packages for all regular-season home football games that includes food, beverage and parking among other amenities.
There will be other smaller single-day rentals such as corporate and social events that will also generate additional revenues. The Cove will be available for special events use by Covegating members, UCF Athletics donor events, UCF alumni programming—and select groups of students, particularly those who are most active in Knightmare Rewards and Student Knights Club programming.
Originally announced last November as a planned project, McNamara Cove construction will begin soon after the current football season and be completed by the start of the 2020 football season.
The latest of UCF's new athletic facilities comes about thanks to a generous gift commitment of $1 million from Tom (UCF Class of '88) and Stacey ('89) McNamara and their daughters Shannon, Erin and Megan.
"Stacey and I are thrilled to help make McNamara Cove a reality," says Tom McNamara. "As we are both graduates of UCF, the institution has provided so many wonderful memories for our family. UCF Athletics is critically important to the continued growth of the university and we are excited to help sustain its incredible momentum."
"Florida weather is one of our greatest competitive advantages," UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Danny White said. "UCF student-athletes have very demanding schedules. Having a recovery and leisure space so close to the Wayne Densch Center for Student-Athlete Leadership and the Garvy Center for Student-Athlete Nutrition will significantly enhance the UCF student-athlete experience. McNamara Cove also will deliver one of college football's most unique game-day premium experiences for UCF fans."
Covegating memberships are currently available for the 2020 UCF football season. Please visitwww.ucfknights.com/covegatingor call (407) 823-1000 (option 1) to reserve your membership today.
The next athletic facility to be completed will be the Roth Athletics Center (RAC), a two-story 38,000 square-foot office complex for the UCF Athletics administration, UCF Football and other sports. It is currently under construction between the Wayne Densch Sports Center and Nicholson Fieldhouse and will be finished in summer 2020.