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Football Stadium Upgrade Updates


Yesterday, the UK Athletic Association released its operating budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year. Among the approvals for mouth guards, socks, and Jon Hood’s dip cup was a whopping $1.95 million dollars in upgrades to Commonwealth Stadium. That’s right: bring on the scoreboards!

Here’s how the $1.95 million breaks down:
– $1.65 million for the new endzone scoreboards
– $150,000 for concrete/structural repair
– $150,000 for steel painting around the stadium

Since the bidding process is ongoing, details about the scoreboards are still hazy, but Mitch Barnhardt hopes the upgrades will include “ribbon boards” to replace the Hall of Fame ring around the upper deck (don’t worry, Mitch assures us he will find another way to honor UK’s greats). The bidding process should be finalized in the next few days. The new scoreboards and other upgrades will be in place for the home opener on September 10th.

Keep it up, UKAA.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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25 Comments for Football Stadium Upgrade Updates

  1. TheGuyPitinoForgotToPayToGetFreshFishAtPorchinis
    2:08 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    If they bidding boards are going to show nothing but adverstisements (or even 50% ads and 50% game info) then why not have the advertisers sponsor them?

  2. lribookend
    2:11 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t ask such intelligent questions….there has to be a good reason, I guess.

  3. SexnNursinHomes
    2:11 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    Make beer legal at Commonwealth. Put a draft beer tap on every seat. and we need stripper poles too.

  4. 7aintenough
    2:12 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    Dont take down the ring of honor, it’s way to cool to bereplaced by scoreboards. I hope people arent too lazy to turn their heads left or right to see the score

  5. The Real Jerry Tipton
    2:12 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    yeah everyone knows you have to be hammered to watch UK football

  6. Lloyd Christmas
    2:17 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    3…yes, and for anyone who thinks the latter of that comment is unnecessary, go to a cowboys game

  7. BlueGene
    2:19 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    I thought the home opener was against WKU on the first.

  8. Lloyd Christmas
    2:19 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    4…90% of the names in the ring of honor are unknown by 90% of UK fans. It doesn’t matter.

  9. Lloyd Christmas
    2:19 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink


  10. SexnNursinHomes
    2:22 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    6- Cowboy stadium must have it all. dayyyum.

  11. Big Yawn
    2:28 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    I hate the off season.

  12. SexnNursinHomes
    2:58 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    12- huh? that line was hilarious. guess your humor is more sophisticated, like holding a wine glass with your pinky sticking out.

  13. turkeyblue
    3:00 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    I assume this is in addition to the private funding of the new end zone scoreboards?

  14. Richard Girth
    3:07 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    I’m not how nice these new scoreboards will be, checkout the going rate for top notch HD boards these days…

  15. Lex07
    3:07 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    Why would they go to such expense to give fans MORE ways to remind them of the score? It seems backwards.

  16. Adam
    3:48 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t understand why there’s still this much negativity towards the UK football program. It’s a solid program that is still on its way up. Get behind them. Go Blue.

  17. bigcatdaddy4263
    4:16 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    now, if we can just score enough points to make those scoreboards light up…That’s going to be the real problem…

  18. og68
    4:17 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    Thank you Adam for your positive remarks for the UK Football program.Yes they are solid,and the foundation is being built,but it takes time and dedication,and besides that,the things that are the hardest to get are the most satisfying!

    The naysayers will jump on this,and bring up the negatives,but you have a head coach,an alumnus,who will continue to build,the right way,and the legal way.People forget the fact,that they almost beat Auburn,and did beat the other representative in the SEC Championship game.

  19. uktailg8er
    4:47 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    Actually, the entire cost of the project is $6.2 million.

    The $1.65 figure makes up the difference in the $4.6 million withdrawal from the UKAA’s quasi endowment fund earlier approved.

    I am all for it. We should be spending even more on the football program.

  20. og68
    4:59 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    Adam,thanks very much for your positive support of the football program.The naysayers will read this and rehash all of the negatives.

    Auburn barely scored with time running out to beat Kentucky,and we beat South Carolina,and these two teams were in the SEC Championship game,and look who ended up as the National Champion.

    Keep up your positive support.UK has an outstanding coach,just ask people like Lou Holz.Joker will get the job done,the right way,the legal way!!

    Keep up your support,and the rewards will come.

  21. Rhymes With Thespian
    8:00 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    I would have painted it for half that and spent $10K of it in Vegas on liquor, drugs, tattoos, and strippers in one weekend.

    Can we get a do-over?

  22. Football Man
    10:09 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    Yes! Finally! The more the better! Let’s make Commonwealth a showplace! We need more personality & tradition = 1.Play “Blue Moon of Kentucky” like Rocky Top. 2. Giant “K” @ midfield & “Pattern of Excellence” in the endzone. 3. White helmets w/K on the side & stripe down the middle. 4. More parking lots for tailgating + parking passes for all season ticket holders. 5. “GO CATS” to be said like ROLL TIDE. 6. Play classic rock music @ games. 7. Blue/white shaker poms in seats. 8. Bring back song “We’re From Kentucky”. 9. Play “K-E-N-T-U-C-K-Y Means Paradise”. 10. Hell’s Bells

  23. john
    11:37 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    Its about time!

  24. Bfrey
    6:41 am May 28, 2011 Permalink

    Why don’t we paint the uber-attractive outside, I don’t know, BLUE and WHITE! In the 70’s, they thought multi-colored seats in Rupp and beige sheet metal was the way to go. Now we know different.

  25. Football Man
    11:55 pm May 28, 2011 Permalink

    That’s #1 on my list….now spend a lil’ more
    1.Sing “Blue Moon of Kentucky” like rocky top
    2.Giant “K” @ midfield
    3. “Pattern of Excellence” in endzone
    4. White helmets “K” on side w/stripes
    5. Just the “K” logo not UK as to not be copied like Houston/Buffalo
    6. Play classic rock @ games
    7. More parking lots
    8. Parking pass for all season ticket holders
    9. Blue/white shaker pom in seats
    10. bring back song “We’re From Kentucky”
    11. Sing “K-e-n-t-u-c-k-y Means Paradise”
    12. Hell’s Bells
    13. “GO CATS” to be said like Roll Tide
    14. “Cat Scatch Fever”
    15. “Cats In the Cradle”
    16. “Look What the Cat Dragged In”
    17. Play a Wildcat’s roar
    18. Make a wildcat paw claw sign w/hand
    19. Real wildcat in a cage on sideline
    20. Bluegrass planted behind benches like ‘tween the hedges