Report of significant corrosion at UCF's Spectrum Stadium not raining on fans' parade

ORLANDO, Fla. — In the wake of a new report that found 80,000 square feet of the University of Central Florida's Spectrum Stadium has some sort of corrosion, football fans were taking the news in stride Saturday.

Thousands of fans were at the stadium for the UCF Knights' game against the East Carolina Pirates.

The game comes 24 hours after the release of the report on the corrosion at the stadium.

University officials said the stadium is safe and the report stated that repairs were completed before football season.
There's still more work to be done long term and it could cost the university millions of dollars.
The report found more than 1,600 "hot spots," some prompting emergency repairs in August.

Tailgater Garold Williams wasn't fazed by the information in the report.

"It really has no play on whether we come to the games or not," he said.

Last month, the university sued the contractors who built the 10-year-old stadium alleging defects because of improper design and construction.
The report blames the rust on several factors, including improper coating.
A spokesman for UCF said the structure is safe, adding, "We are dealing with long-term repair and remediation issues, and our lawsuit is about assigning those costs. Any urgent needs have been addressed."






The university said engineers evaluated the stadium before the start of football season.
Long-term repairs could take four years and cost more than $14 million.
The university said the repairs are not expected to impact any athletic events, and will likely be done in the offseason between February and July.