(Chet White, UK Athletics)
You should know by now that Kentucky packed Commonwealth Stadium with nearly 51,000 fans for Saturday’s Blue-White game. A far cry from the 4,500 that was announced by UK at this time last season. While there was still room for 20k more, we’re talkin’ about practice. Not a game, not a game, not a game… We talkin’ about practice.
In all seriousness, that figure is no joke for a spring game.
As it stands, Kentucky is No. 2 on the list for spring football attendance figures, only behind Nebraska’s announced 60,000. By the way, if you haven’t seen what the Huskers did for a young cancer patient, you need to take a look.
So far about 30 major BCS programs have held their spring football scrimmage and Kentucky is well represented. Take a look at the top of the list, compiled by Cats Illustrated’s Ben Jones.
1. Nebraska: 60,174
2. Kentucky: 50,831
3. Texas: 46,000
4. Texas A&M: 45,212
5. Georgia: 45,113
6. Ohio State: 37,643
7. South Carolina: 35,218
8. Louisville: 33,000
9. Clemson: 30,000
10. Oklahoma: 29,200
11. Ole Miss: 28,000
12. Florida State: 27,500
The record crowd in Lexington shattered the old mark of 20,325 set all the way back in 1987 when Jerry Claiborne was on the sideline and Glenn Fohr was under center.
It is amazing the sudden turnaround in fan support. While your school does not win any trophies for spring game attendance records, it must be a huge morale boost for the Wildcats to know they have the fans back on their side. How humiliating it must have been for the team in their final weeks of last year with a fan base that couldn’t have cared less.
If last season’s attendance records are any indication for this season, Kentucky’s mark will likely fall to third-best after Alabama holds their spring game this weekend. Third-best in the country and second in the SEC ain’t all bad.
The Big Blue Nation is back in full force and is ready for the revival of Kentucky football.