Kentucky working hard to make football stadium ready for Saturday’s game

Commonwealth Stadium (Getty Images/ Andy Lyons)

Commonwealth Stadium (Getty Images/ Andy Lyons)

The University of Kentucky is hard at work to make the newly-renovated Commonwealth Stadium ready before Saturday’s season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette.

Renovations were announced in 2013 and expected to be completed by the start of this season, but the $120 million project isn’t on track to be completed in time for Saturday’s game.

Although the stadium isn’t fully finished, The Courier-Journal’s Kyle Tucker tweeted on Wednesday that Kentucky’s VP of Finance believes “the vast majority” of Kentucky fans would experience a completed renovation for the game.

Among the renovations to the stadium are an updated exterior and interior with new coloring, signs and graphics and a new synthetic turf similar to that used in the 2013 and 2014 Super Bowls. There will also be a new recruiting room for coaches to take recruits during gamedays.

For a complete look at the changes to Commonwealth Stadium, read this article from

Of course not everything has gone according to plan. Kentucky Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart told reporters on Wednesday that parking has been affected.

“We’ve worked hard to minimize the impact on parking,” Barnhart said, but also added that it’s been an emotional issue with some fans losing their parking spots and preferred seats.

Barnhart’s entire conference about the ongoing stadium work can be seen in the video below.


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