On February 21, 2013 Governor Steve Beshear – joined by UK President Eli Capilouto and state legislative leaders – signed into law House Bill 7. The legislation authorized the University of Kentucky to move forward with $275 million in self-financed projects. UK Athletics and its football program figure prominently into those plans, as a $110 million renovation of Commonwealth Stadium and the Nutter Training Facility is in the works. Construction is expected to begin in 2013 with an estimated completion by July 2015. (Pledge your support today)
The long term goal is to re-invent Commonwealth Stadium, to give UK Athletics, and the University as a whole, game day and day-to-day entertainment space. Within this perceived model, the vision is to include various elements listed below, based on funding available:
- Upgrades to the Nutter Training Center for the daily benefit of the Student Athletes
- Spectator driven improvements (i.e. improved concessions, restrooms, video boards, and security)
- Multi-purpose recruiting room in East end zone (Field House end)
- Add 16 to 20 suites Private suites
- Add 2,000 to 2,500 new club seats
- New press facilities
- New team store
- New full service kitchen
- Improve the UK brand at Commonwealth Stadium
- Maintain, or slightly reduce, seating capacity while increasing the value of the remaining seats.
The University and UK Athletics worked together like never before with BBNunited.com and now fans and alumni can continue to show there support rather it be in the stand or as a member of the K Fund. Private support through the K Fund is vital to all future projects with UK Athletics.
We will continue to provide timely information regarding this plan as this process moves forward.