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Do your part to help get the Commonwealth Stadium renovation project passed

It seems like only yesterday that Kentucky governor Steve Beshear stood in the Capital Building alongside Mitch Barnhart and Eli Capilouto to voice his support for the proposed upgrades for Commonwealth Stadium, the Nutter Training Facility, and other academic buildings.

The projects still have to be approved by the Kentucky Legislature, which reconvenes on February 5th. The University is asking for your help in getting the projects passed smoothly. All you have to do is visit BBNunited, click on the “Voice Your Support. Stay Informed” button at the bottom of the page, and fill out some information and the University will provide you all the information you need to contact your local legislator to express your support.

Getting these projects passed is imperative to the future of the Kentucky football program. A renovated Commonwealth Stadium and Nutter Training Facility will give Mark Stoops the tools he needs to recruit top talent to Kentucky and make us a contender in the SEC.

Check out the full letter from Eli Capilouto, Mitch Barnhart, Mark Stoops, David Blackwell (Dean, Gatton College of Business & Economics), and Stephen Bilas (President, Student Government Association) below the jump.

We Are A Big Blue Nation United

That statement has never been more true – and never more evident – than two weeks ago when we were joined by Governor Beshear and more than 30 legislators in support of our proposal to self-finance three critically important facilities on our campus.

These facilities – a renovated and expanded Gatton College of Business and Economics, a new Academic and Science Building, and a renovated Nutter Training Facility and Commonwealth Stadium – underscore our commitment to putting students first in everything that we do.

The support of you and so many legislators represents a crucial step in making these buildings a reality.

But our work is not done. The legislature returns on Feb. 5 to begin its work in earnest.

As a member of the Big Blue Nation, we are asking you to continue to express your support for the legislature in authorizing UK to move forward in self-financing these projects, all without one dime of state funds.

The best way you can show that support – and reach out to your legislator – is by closing this window and clicking the blue link on the bottom “Voice Your Support. Stay Informed”. Provide us the information requested and we can match you with your legislator to facilitate asking them to move quickly to support UK’s request.

We are close, but still need the approval of the legislature before we can move forward with projects that will create hundreds of jobs, improve learning and research space for students and faculty, and give our student athletes and fans facilities that match their skills and passions.

Please take a moment to go to www.BBNunited.com to get involved and ask for support.

We are a Big Blue Nation United and we are proud to join together in the effort to revitalize our campus.

Eli Capilouto
President

David Blackwell
Dean, Gatton College of Business & Economics

Mitch Barnhart
Director of Athletics

Mark Stoops
Head Football Coach

Stephen Bilas
President, Student Government Association

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

12 Comments for Do your part to help get the Commonwealth Stadium renovation project passed



  1. Do ur part
    5:55 pm January 31, 2013 Permalink

    Yes pay inflated ticket prices for a sub par program and get ripped off on your parking lot pass too. It’s imperative to be a sucker.



  2. Dr. Funke
    6:18 pm January 31, 2013 Permalink

    Why can’t the university just ask for the commonwealth renovations on their own. They always have to get something in return. Other schools don’t do this, this is a behind the scenes of why UK sucks at football.



  3. the Big Dog
    6:26 pm January 31, 2013 Permalink

    Exactly what is the average fan getting out of all these renovations? If Mitch is true to form, the answer is absolutely nothing. I question why the stadium is tied to academic building projects. For years we have tried to keep the university separate from athletics. It should stay that way. Of course, the reason is politics.



  4. Yup
    7:01 pm January 31, 2013 Permalink

    Wow. 3 negative comments? I don’t get why the most uninformed feel the need to post. Have you read nothing? Have you not listened to Matt at all on the subject? And 1.)… Why waste your time here?



  5. Wild Turkey 101
    7:10 pm January 31, 2013 Permalink

    UK football can’t afford to half-ass. Time to go all-in!



  6. LETSfinallyWIN
    7:56 pm January 31, 2013 Permalink

    Go all in and leave out the average fan. I could care less if they get the renovation. I was all for it until I read that basically the only people going to benefit is the upper class. Going to put in club seats (that average fan can’t afford) and a kitchen to feed them. How about putting a back on the upper deck seats and the other seats that need them? Then they always have to tie in an academic building of some sort. I’m all for academics, but you can pretty much lecture and put computers in any classroom regardless of age. Why spend more and raise tuition again? Help the experience for everyone at Commonwealth or leave it as is.



  7. fureel
    8:29 pm January 31, 2013 Permalink

    If I pay $500, can I have a guarantee that the student section will stop being the lamest in the SEC or the band will quit playing “Cold-hearted Snake” by Paula Abdul 6X a game?



  8. Do ur part
    9:54 pm January 31, 2013 Permalink

    #4 why waste my time here? Cuz I am a fan. But this stadium thing is b/s on so many levels. The least of which is even if u do support it, then why couldn’t half of this been done for Brooks when he begged for it? but it just irks me to see this pimping for $$$$ after they jacked up k fund required donations, ticket costs, parking pass prices in the past for a crappy program and one the uk athletic dept. didn’t much support.



  9. the Big Dog
    11:41 pm January 31, 2013 Permalink

    No. 4- You sound like you have been drinking the Mitch Kool Aid. I think everyone accepts (to a degree) that corporate donors and the rest of the whales are a necessity in the current state of college athletics. We are fortunate to have people who are able and willing to back the program with large contributions. However, (as much as it hurts to say this) you don’t see any dirty bird fans’ butts sticking to metal bleachers at Papa John or their backs out of joint at the Yum Center. Tommy T. at least will take care of the “average fan” who isn’t in a fancy club box. UK has the best fans in the country and they deserve a better experience at Commonwealth and Rupp.



  10. Drew
    11:46 pm January 31, 2013 Permalink

    9.) Uhhh…renovations to Commonwealth are to change the bleacher seating to seat-back. Keep trying though!



  11. JB
    3:59 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Send the cute blonde on the right to Frankfort. If I’m a legislator, I’m doing whatever she asks me to.



  12. Beavis
    12:43 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Wow,,,,120 jobs and it only cost 110 million. Darn good when compared to Washington now days.