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You’ll be Proud of the name of UK’s new baseball stadium


When you go to watch the Bat Cats in 2019  you’ll be watching their home games at the brand spanking new Kentucky Proud Park. Kentucky Farm Bureau entered into a 15-year agreement with JMI Sports for the rights.

I think Kentucky Proud Park has a nice ring to it and it’s significantly better than other corporate-named stadiums across the country, even the stadium across the street (sup, Kroger). Remember, JMI Sports purchased the multimedia rights for UK in 2014 for $210 million (15 years). In that deal, JMI works out the deals to name the stadiums on UK’s campus and keeps the money from the partnership.

But thanks to the $210 million from JMI UK was able to construct the $49 million ballpark. Now UK baseball plays in one of the nicest stadiums in the country and it will certainly help with recruiting. It holds 4,000 fans with room for 7,000 fans if the Cats host a regional or super regional in the NCAA Tournament.

UK has already played a couple scrimmages in the new stadium and I’ve heard nothing but great things. I can’t wait to check out Kentucky Proud Park (KPP) in 2019.

Article written by TJ Walker

16 responses to “You’ll be Proud of the name of UK’s new baseball stadium”

  1. Kat4Life

    Ehhhh OK. But it almost sounds like a North Korean “Happy Happy Sports Place” moniker to me. I’m not nearly as impressed. But that’s just me.

  2. Ridge Runner

    Yeah, I guess it’s ok. The “proud” portion is kinda like… we couldn’t think of anything creative or symbolic… so reset to proud. Just my initial thought. But could be worse.

  3. Trey

    Yeah, that’s pretty corny. Kinda expected though.

  4. loservilletard

    great, now my Farm Bureau insurance rates are going up….

  5. Ridge Runner

    Wish they would honor Brandon Webb with a plaque or something there. Former Cy Young winner and in MLB Record books with all those scoreless innings pitched.

    1. Ridge Runner

      Of course this may already be in the works, I don’t know.

    2. Kat4Life

      Agreed.

    3. rogerd

      I actually would like to see the playing field or some other major portion of the stadium name for Keith Madison, the man who coached UK baseball from 1979 to 2003 and is still a big supporter of UK baseball. He toiled for low pay for many years and built a foundation that Cohen, Henderson (not so much) and Mingione have added to.

  6. UKFootballYall

    The Kentucky Farm Bureau has bought the naming rights to a damn stadium that inexplicably installed artificial turf instead of real grass? Kentucky Proud…I guess?!

  7. J-Dub421

    Apparently none of you know about the Kentucky Proud label which promotes local businesses.

    http://www.kyproud.com/

    1. SuperTroy18

      That’s what I was thinking. That phrase is literally the label for local products. Anyway, stadium looks great. I’m hoping baseball can keep up with all the other SEC juggernauts.

    2. Ridge Runner

      I had not. That certainly places reasoning for it. Thanks.

  8. CoachCat

    It’s way better then Kroger Field

    1. JTHinton

      Indeed

    2. BluKudzu

      I am just happy it was not called “7-11 Field”.

  9. UKInsider

    Was Barn-fart Stadium already taken? Terrible name.