Where to Eat, Drink and Be Merry in Tampa for the 2021 Gasparilla Bowl

Banner for the 2021 Gasparilla Bowl with UCF vs. UF

On Thursday, Dec. 23, our Knights take on the University of Florida Gators in the sold-out Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl in Tampa.

We know UCF fans will show up and show out. That's why we asked our local alumni group, the Tampa Bay UCF Alumni Chapter, for their best recommendations for Knights making the trip!

Things To Do

We've got your pre-game plans covered with three events for alumni and friends!


Wednesday, Dec. 22 | UCF Men's Basketball Watch Party

Ducky's, 6 p.m.

Join us on the eve of the bowl game to cheer on our Men's Basketball team as they take on the North Alabama Lions! All Knights fans are welcome. Ducky's is the official Tampa Bay Watch Party location, so Knights fans can look forward to drink specials like the Citronaut and Knightro Drink, $15 Bud Light Buckets, $18 Corona/Corona Light Buckets, and $20 High Noon Flavors.

Register for the Watch Party to be entered to win two tickets to the sold-out ChargeOnTailgate. Winners must be present to win and must be attending the Gasparilla Bowl game. We will select winners at the end of halftime.

Thursday, Dec. 23 | Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful-Riverwalk Cleanup

Meet at Armature Works, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

 Meet the Tampa Bay UCF Alumni Chapter at Armature Works to check in and get your supplies to clean up the Riverwalk. We'll provide gloves and trash bags. This is a family friendly event, so bring the whole crew! After beautifying Tampa Bay, we'll head back to Armature Works to grab some lunch.

​Register for the Riverwalk Cleanup here

 Thursday, Dec. 23 | Pre-game Tailgate (SOLD OUT)

Raymond James Stadium-Hyundai Club, 4-6:30 p.m.

Your tailgate ticket includes early access to the stadium, a commemorative lanyard card, unlimited buffet access, soft and mixed drinks, beer, wine, a photobooth and more!

For the rest of your time in Tampa, our local alumni recommend the following activities:

Best Food and Drinks

We know that #UCFood game is strong, so our local alumni have shared the best food in the area for Knights to enjoy:

​​Places to Stay

Our friends from the Gasparilla Bowl recommend the following official bowl hotels in Tampa:

Cheerleader at UCF ChargeOn Tailgate event

We hope this helps as you plan your travels to cheer on our Knights! We look forward to seeing you in Tampa.

Go Knights, Charge On!

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