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Make A Day Out of the 2013 Spring Game



Lexington has a lot of great traditions that are unique and specific to the area. Nowhere else in the country opens up basketball season quite like Kentucky does at Big Blue Madness. Nobody drinks bourbon and watches horses quite like Kentuckians do at Keeneland in the fall and spring meets, either. This year, there is a buzz of excitement about the UK spring football game. Many schools have established traditions of packing stadiums for their spring scrimmage in April, but the event has never really caught on as a major event in Kentucky. The arrival of Mark Stoops and the new staff and players that have come along with him have changed that, and for the first time I can remember, the spring football game has the potential of being a major event in Lexington.

Just as Kentucky calls their first official basketball practice event “Big Blue Madness”, several schools around the SEC have names for their spring games. For example, Georgia’s spring game is called “G-Day” and Florida’s spring game is dubbed the “Orange and Blue Debut”. I’m not sure of a catchy name to call the UK spring game, but I do know of a few things you can do this Saturday to enhance your experience and start a new Kentucky tradition:


1. Start your morning tailgate at Keeneland and take the shuttle back to campus. Yes, you heard that right. There will be a shuttle that will go back and forth between Keeneland and the corner of University and Cooper all day long. Just find yourself a ride to Keeneland in the morning and you are all set for a responsible day of fun.



2. After blowing too much money at Keeneland, attend the UK baseball game at 2 pm vs Tennessee. You can even stand out on the party deck, or stand on the top of your truck bed, and watch the game for free while continuing to drink the beverages of your choice.

photo by @acrphoto

photo by @acrphoto


3. After the baseball game, catch up with your friends for a private tailgate or join in on public festivities such as the UK Alumni Association tailgate from 5-7. 


Article written by John Wilmhoff

Former beer vendor, college mascot and ESPN editor. This spring, you can also find me blogging about the Reds on Follow me on Twitter: @JohnWilmhoff

10 Comments for Make A Day Out of the 2013 Spring Game

  1. 70 miles west
    9:39 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    Or start your day at the BEST COLLEGE SPORTS TOWN IN AMERICA and watch the DEFENDING SUGAR BOWL CHAMPION’S spring game at 1pm. Free Sugar Bowl cups and $1 beers!!! Doesn’t get ANY BETTER!!! Come on Down . . .

  2. RollTide
    9:47 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    Lol “defending Sugar Bowl Champions”…that’s cute.

  3. RollTide
    9:48 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    National Championship > Sugar Bowl Championship, so yes post 1, it does get better. Loser.

  4. BBN
    11:01 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    1- go to your own site dipshit…btw…IF…and only IF…your tards DO win the Title Monday night…guess what Chico? That will be Loserville’s Third ALL TIME Title…which hey…just so happens to be the number of Titles UK has won just SINCE Loserville’s last Title in 1986…I mean, it is so sad, bad, and embarrassing that I almost WANT U of Smell to win Monday night…just out of pure pity…move on sad wannabe…

  5. Kentucky Dodgeball
    11:28 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    Additionally the UK Dodgeball team is hosting the National Collegiate Dodgeball Tournament in the Seaton Center (Which is within eyesight of Commonwealth) on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. UK plays Penn State Friday night at 9:15, Michigan State Saturday morning at 10:00 and Bowling Green State University around 2:00. The rest is to be determined based on their wins.

  6. Double
    7:18 am April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Softball is also hosting Florida on Saturday at 1pm I think! Both teams are in the top 20 right now and UK is riding a 6 game conference winning streak. Not to mention, they are in the midst of completing a massive softball complex renovation. Not that anybody cares about softball around here, but worth noting….quite a bit going on for UK Athletics that day!

  7. Chase
    8:36 am April 8, 2013 Permalink

    Do you need a parking pass fro the Spring Game to park at Commonwealth Stadium?

  8. Tummel
    8:39 am April 8, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t imagine this writer attends Keeneland too often, not that he has to be a regular, but to advise leaving Keeneland to make a 2pm Baseball game (the 2nd race goes off about 1:40 usually, means you’d be missing the Bluegrass Stakes which is the biggest Derby Prep at Keeneland and the majority of the races. If you don’t like racing and just want to tailgate that sounds like a great plan, but if you want to see more than a couple claiming races and get a look at some of the Derby field one might want to stay a bit longer. Just my two cents.

  9. kycatman
    8:51 am April 8, 2013 Permalink

    I think we should call the Spring Game ” CAT SCRATCH FEVER ” !!!!

  10. LAME
    9:31 am April 8, 2013 Permalink

    After blowing all your money playing cornhole for cash at Keeneland! Bwahahahaha #Lexingtonisboring