The New CWS

A view of the southwest corner of the stadium. The new suite and press box are visible at the top of the southern bowl.

A view of the southwest corner of the stadium. The new suite and press box are visible at the top of the southern bowl.

Through a $110-million reinvention, Commonwealth Stadium will be transformed into a state-of-the-art facility in time for the start of the 2015 season. As the Kentucky football program enters a new era, the Big Blue Nation will enjoy an intimate game-day atmosphere to match.

The experience will begin outside the stadium, as the longtime home of the Wildcats will undergo a dramatic external facelift. The new Commonwealth Stadium will take on a modern look, but one that remains uniquely Kentucky.

Inside, the capacity of Commonwealth will be slightly reduced over the course of the two-year project, but the value of all remaining seats will be increased, from the top of the upper deck to front-row seats at midfield. Concourses will revamped and widened throughout the stadium with improved concessions, restrooms and security.

Players and coaches will reap the benefits of the new Commonwealth Stadium as well, as new home-team facilities will be built, while a new multi-purpose recruiting room will play host to future Wildcats on their on-campus visits.

Students — the heartbeat of the Commonwealth crowd — will surround the new recruiting room in new East end zone seating. The more traditional student section set up will allow for more lower-level student seats, adding to UK’s home-field advantage.

Enhanced premium seating options will allow fans to enjoy Kentucky football in style. More than 20 new private suites and 2,000 new club seats will be added during the renovation, which will help allow UK Athletics to fund the project entirely on its own and without any state or university funds.

Introducing the “Big Blue Initiative”

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K Fund introduces ‘Big Blue Initiative’

Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, UK Athletics operates as one of the only self-sufficient departments in the nation. Each day, we work to prove ourselves worthy of that support.

This year, we are proud of our efforts. We are on pace for the best Directors’ Cup finish in school history – we rank 20th after the conclusion of the winter sports season – and our student-athletes have excelled in the classroom and the community as well.

But at the annual CATSPY Awards in April, Mitch Barnhart challenged everyone involved with UK Athletics to do more. He challenged student-athletes, coaches and staff to become the nation’s best overall athletic department.

It is with that in mind that the K Fund introduces the “Big Blue Initiative.”

From May 1 through June 30, the program – which is entirely philanthropic – will offer the opportunity to impact the lives of our student-athletes and Invest In Blue once more. Each dollar will go into our annual fund, which ensures the success of the student-athletes, providing everything from scholarships to athletic equipment to books to meals. We will be sending more information about the Big Blue Initiative to current donors in the coming days and weeks.

To join, donors need only increase their annual giving by 15 percent. If you gave $100 in 2012-13, we are asking that you give an additional $15 before June 30. If you gave $1,000 in 2012-13, that means an additional $150.

Beyond helping UK push toward our athletics director’s bold vision, participants will receive the added benefit of a tax deduction and five bonus K Fund points on top of the regular three points per $100 donation.

To become the country’s top athletic department, it will take tireless effort and determination on the part of our coaches, but it won’t be possible at all without your support. Please consider taking this important step with us.

If you have any questions about the Big Blue Initiative, feel free to contact the K Fund at 859-257-6300.

INVEST IN BLUE!

Why should you Invest In Blue?

To invest, one puts to use their money by purchase or expenditure in something offering potential return. The return on your investment with the K Fund is the understanding that you will be providing the resources necessary to ensure your student-athletes have the opportunity to earn a first-class education and compete for championships. As a member of the Big Blue Nation, you are vested in every outcome of your University of Kentucky Wildcats!

With the unveiling of our new website, KFundonline.com, our vision is to allow our vested members access to timely updated information and insight as to why their investment is vital to UK Athletics while also providing a connection to our department. We continue to strive every day to improve our communication and customer-service platforms and we believe the information within this website will provide added confidence to all of those who Invest In Blue.

We hope you will take the time to browse through KFundonline.com to learn more about how you can make an impact. The future for UK Athletics is bright because of your support, and we hope you will continue to Invest In Blue!