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Major football facility upgrades on the way

The only way Kentucky was going to get a good football coach was if Mitch Barnhart promised major facility upgrades. We’ve heard all week that Barnhart was prepared to do that, and now we have proof. Last week, K-Fund donors received a brochure in the mail advertising future projects and requesting donations. Included in the brochure was a list of upgrades planned for Commonwealth Stadium. K-Fund member Todd Harris tweeted the above picture of the brochure and details for the upgrades. Here are the highlights:

General cosmetic upgrades to the stadium

New press box
The press box will move from its current location (between first and second levels) to a new location on top of the second level.

Creation of a club level
The old press box will be transformed into club level seating, including new suites

New recruiting room
Rich Brooks famously lobbied for a recruiting room during his tenure at UK. Gone are the days of tables and folding chairs set up alongside the track. UK plans to add a recruiting room to the East End Zone near the Nutter Practice Facility to entertain recruits and their families before and after the game.

Expanded weight room in Nutter
The weight room in Nutter will expand from 3,000 sq. ft. to 5,000 sq. ft. There will also be improvements to the training and equipment rooms.

Judging by the overwhelming positive reaction from fans today, these upgrades may be well on their way to becoming a reality. The next step is getting a much-needed bonding capacity from the Kentucky State Legislature, which will develop over the next month or so.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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38 Comments for Major football facility upgrades on the way

  1. Jr. Greer
    8:04 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    I could have told you this a month ago.

  2. Nick Corman
    8:08 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    What about Rupp Arena?????????????????????????

  3. Jr. Greer
    8:08 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    I could have told you that but I am full of sh*t

  4. just saying
    8:08 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    so were done with basketball, I thought Cal said the the lockerroom in Rupp would stimulate the excitement for renovating Rupp? I guess not, unless UK doesnt plan on Rupp, meaing the city will take over 100%

  5. Gandalf
    8:12 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    As long as the golfers are comfortable in their heated driving range I’m fine with no Rupp upgrades

  6. UK2001
    8:13 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Uk does not own rupp. The city is responsible for upgrade $$$$$. But with that said, uk has alot of say in what happens to rupp

  7. White Castle Sliders
    8:20 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Ready for my season tickets!!!!!!!!!! and a case of Natty Light beer and sack of Sliders!!!!!!! Loving this

  8. wth?
    8:21 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    getting stupid around here, better not short change the bball program for a 500 football team, thats stupid! Im glad we hired stoops hopefully he can make uk fball better but never ever think the fball team is more important than the bball team thats absurd, #1 program in the country in bball not ranked in the top 200 in fball never have been maybe never will be. some peoples excitement here is over taking priorities.

  9. Chris
    8:24 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    #8 actually football is much more important than basketball. Football is what makes the money for basketball to be able to survive.

  10. katsrock
    8:27 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    In other words, almost nothing will be done to the stadium. We need a $150 million facelift and we get a crappy press box above the 2nd level. Meanwhile, the new kid on the block, Texas A&M announces a $450 million facelift. We get the results on the field that we deserve.

  11. BigBlue
    8:27 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    I think Basketball is above all those sports listed on there, and if anything will be announced for that and knowing Cal…It will get a grand reveal to excite the base…those other sports really dont have the momentum so their stuff gets announced in little brochures like that

  12. Catlogic15
    8:28 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    A video board for gymnastics???

    I think a front row seat would not be hard to get.

  13. bigbluejon
    8:29 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Man, I wish they would put SEATS in CWS….my @ss is literally tired of sitting on bleachers

  14. Judas Beisner
    8:30 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    8.) Dont be silly. We ARE and always will be a basketball school. Basketball will continue to be great. But there is no reason to neglect the football program. Lets have our cake and eat it too.

  15. Reality Check
    8:33 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    8) wake up Footnall is what moves the needle in college sports these days. Hints the conference realignments. Football funds basketball. Glad we are finally deciding to act like an SEC football program.

  16. Trevor2390
    8:37 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Football is what makes the money guys sorry to break it to you. It explains conference realignment and it explains how the universities spend their money. UK is lucky and is one of the few schools who bring in positive revenue from basketball but it is still not enough. Especially for those asking for even more of a major upgrade. We are obviously doing just fine with the situation we have in basketball. I don’t see a real need to upgrade any where after we have upgraded to the coal lodge, the new locker room, and the craft center. This is a right step in the right direction. This is the first thing Nick Saban made Alabama take when he arrived.

  17. Breal
    8:42 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone hearing that someone from the football team will be joining the basketball team?

  18. Trough Urinals
    8:44 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Oh no!!!!!!!! My days are numbered.

  19. So/so hire
    8:44 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Do you guys think all the UK clothing and hats etc. is because of football. Every article of clothing pays a royalty to the university. I do get what your saying in football brings in the money, because the SEC splits all revenue evenly across the board. Really UK doesn’t gain anything but ticket sales by trying to get better. As I’ve said before ticket sales are a small drop in the bucket compared to the TV and bowl money. However BB makes huge money for UK it’s just hard to gauge how much because a lot of it is indirectly filtered in.
    Also it seems a lot of this is more a wish list then reality. Unless the bonding is changed we will not get the money. Last week our state congress indicated that they where unwilling to change the current system. Nothing Mitch or UK can do about that. Sorry. We may get some of the thinks on this list but not all.

  20. Dr PinDyke
    8:48 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    This entire project will be a failure if we dont get the heated driving range and indoor putting surface, Coach Cal and Stoops should revolt and leave.

  21. UHF
    8:48 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    First off

    9- you’re a yard basketball is self supporting moron and u call yourself a uk fan

    Second- those r some pretty weak upgrades

    That’s like saying you drive a 72 duster but I’m gonna upgrade you by getting you new headlights, airfreshner and a place to hold your beer

    Mitch swings and misses again

  22. UHF
    8:50 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Tennis: additional fan area?!?!?!?

    Really? That’s needed lol

  23. wth?
    8:52 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    bull s$%t!! you telling me that ky bball wouldnt get the support from rj corman, joe craft, etc… financially before the fball program?? 15) im awake ill bet you that every late march early april ill be rooting for my team but ill also bet you ill never be rooting for my team early Jan!

  24. UHF
    8:52 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch: oh and we’re going to give an additional massive FB upgrade by adding stripper polls and glory holes

  25. UHF
    8:55 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch: I am also starting an investigative team to look into the possibility of adding a fluff for ever season ticket holder and a corn dog in my special gravy

  26. Linda Taylor
    8:57 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    12 – There are actually thousands of fans in the stands at gymnastics meets.

  27. OK SO
    9:00 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Why is there no basketball on this list? But football can have its day in the sun, a new coach is exciting but lets not get too carried away with a new hire. BBall is still our prize

  28. Chris
    9:02 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    #21 why don’t you just leave BBN. No one wants fans like you. Do you really think if football wasn’t making so much money they would be able to spend all the basketball revenue on basketball? Nope didnt think so.

  29. I can'tbelieve
    9:04 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    1st I can’t believe the bball team didn’t make the PowerPoint presentation……. And 2nd I can’t believe somebody hasnt found how much money the bball team and football bring in each year….. Come on MAN!

  30. pooptooth
    9:12 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Everything basketball has is top notch except the arena. The arena is owned by the city and UK has no control over that. The fact that Cal was able to get the locker room renovation with private funds in a public facility is quite an accomplishment. That being said the city and the mayor are working hard to bring the arena and the district to reality. I think you will see work on the arena start in spring of 2014.

  31. Win
    9:15 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    So ky bball doesn’t make half the profits of the football team. And the surprising part was that Louisville bball is like two spots behind ky football, and loserville bball is one of the most profitable teams in the country. Reason for ky bball low profits…….. Contributions and arena seating. Really hurts not having those luxury suites

  32. BPsycho
    9:15 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    #22 lol

  33. shelbyjoe
    9:24 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    I like the proposed facilities upgrade. But I’d love to see something like a “football village” – a place where players can go and watch movies on large HD TVs, play video games, play pool, eat, listen to music, etc.. There could be several suites with large chairs, TVs, sofas, gaming systems, etc… Something similar to what the b-ball players have at the lodge, except they don’t sleep there. We need something the other schools in the SEC do NOT have – this would be unique; this would set us apart. If I win the lottery tomorrow, I’ll pitch in a hefty donation.

  34. Linda Taylor
    9:51 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    31 – It’s far more complicated than that. UK doesn’t make as much from basketball for many reasons some of which include the city gets much of the revenue from Rupp, no alcohol sales at Rupp, no luxury suites, etc. UL negotiated a ridiculous deal with the city of Louisville that has the YUM Center on the verge of bankruptcy because UL gets most of the revenue not the city.

  35. Kiddekat
    10:25 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Five years from now, folks will be talking about UK’s great football facilities, and “the stadium that Stoops built.”

  36. southeastKYfan
    11:26 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    FINALLY!!!! This is what we’ve been desperately needing to at least look like we are doing something. This tells me we are majorly serious about big time college football. Commonwealth may eventually look like the Southern Cathedrals of football in this country like the die hard football segment of this fan base has dreamed about. Today has been almost as exciting as the days and nights of beating Tennessee and LSU because these are tangible things we can put our future into. This has got to come through!

  37. TC
    1:19 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Notice it says future projects. Football is still a few years away from even starting anything. The next project in line after softball’s stadium is completed is a new baseball stadium.

  38. UK_JB
    8:04 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Nothing on basketball…