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.