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New Ribbon Video Boards in Commonwealth Taking Shape

Commonwealth Stadium is going to look and feel different this year as UK moves into the 21st Century (only slightly late) with 6 million dollars worth of video upgrades. A KSR spy sends us these pictures (feel free to take your own and email them our way…we are a collective unit here) of one step in that upgrade. UK is installing ribbon video boards around the stadium in order to give fans something to follow stats and scores during the game. The video boards will be a huge addition to the overall ambience of the place and represent (along with the massive new video boards in the end zone) one of the most dramatic upgrades in the stadium’s history. Here is what the area looked like before the additions:


And now the video boards will replace that area with screens:


Now the obvious question is what will happen to the “Ring of Honor” names of the former UK football greats. These Hall of Famers will be recognized elsewhere in the stadium at an as of yet, unreleased location. This is a big step in upgrading Commonwealth Stadium and making it more modern and will be another step in making the atmosphere on Gameday more exciting.

Article written by Matt Jones

26 Comments for New Ribbon Video Boards in Commonwealth Taking Shape

  1. the 21st century
    4:01 pm August 21, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome! It looks great in here!

  2. Calipari'sInYourEar
    4:05 pm August 21, 2011 Permalink

    I still think they should have built the worlds largest donut with the $6 million.

  3. Calipari'sInYourEar
    4:11 pm August 21, 2011 Permalink

    The new ribbon boards should include a weekly pregame fall report on how PawPaw’s tomatoes are doing.

  4. Beer Caps
    4:20 pm August 21, 2011 Permalink

    Doesn’t matter what they do to dress up Commonwealth, the same ole inept UK Marketing will still be running the show. Expect the same just on a larger video board now.

  5. Random guy
    4:21 pm August 21, 2011 Permalink

    As a student I feel like this will have no affect on the fan experience at football games. There are just too many people there who just won’t cheer. But what really needs to happen is for the team to start winning and then maybe the fans will make a better gameday, but having new video boards won’t do anything.

  6. uk-fan
    4:39 pm August 21, 2011 Permalink

    #5 as a student, you should know the difference between affect and effect. \\ new video boards will look great in commonwealth and even though it may not make a difference in the outcome of the games, it will still look wonderful.

  7. sexnfuneralhomes
    4:41 pm August 21, 2011 Permalink

    Rob Bromley is so excited he can hardly contain himself… But you would never know judging by his Ben Stine voice.

  8. Holden McGroin
    5:32 pm August 21, 2011 Permalink

    I guess that’s the one of the reasons tickets to the UL game (which i can’t afford) are $81 each. It was fun while it lasted, but i guess this will be the first year i don’t get to go to any games. I made two games last year but the money just ain’t there for a $162 football game any more. Still pull for the Cats, but i have to do it from home now. That’s more than the motel and dinner for the two of us. I hate it.

  9. Ben
    5:39 pm August 21, 2011 Permalink

    Wow! What a negative group! UK Football has great fans when you consider the quality of product that they have put on the field the last 50 years! When KY put a good team on the field consistently, you will see the fans come alive. I hope it starts this year.

  10. Rick Pitino
    5:42 pm August 21, 2011 Permalink

    I coach a ghetto commuter school that is several notches below Morehead frickin St. L yes

  11. Holden McGroin
    5:43 pm August 21, 2011 Permalink

    9. I hope so Ben, i really do, and i hope every game’s a complete sellout.

  12. Ben
    5:44 pm August 21, 2011 Permalink

    #8 that is high, but it is the price the dirty birds have to pay if they want to play us! Just pick a different game.

  13. im just a realist
    5:47 pm August 21, 2011 Permalink

    who else thinks this will look as awkward as I did at 6th grade dance?

  14. Ghostofbearbryant
    6:01 pm August 21, 2011 Permalink

    Why don’t they put the ring of honor names up in lights in the ribbon when they aren’t using it for other effects? Seems simple.

  15. rodgie
    6:10 pm August 21, 2011 Permalink

    go Cats!

  16. Holden McGroin
    6:14 pm August 21, 2011 Permalink

    12. they should just charge more at the door to anyone wearing red, and give them a nosebleed seat behind a fat guy with a big hat.

  17. Holden McGroin
    6:34 pm August 21, 2011 Permalink

    does anyone know how to get this site to show all comments without posting again? refresh button won’t do it anymore. i’m beginning to think it’s just to be able to show more click count when selling ads.

  18. P.L. Wallingford, III
    6:44 pm August 21, 2011 Permalink

    13. im just a realist Says:
    August 21st, 2011 at 5:47 pm
    “who else thinks this will look as awkward as I did at 6th grade dance?”
    Nope, there’s nothing in the entire multi-verse that could be as awkward as you were at that dance…except maybe you at your 5th grade dance & 7th grade dance & 8th grade dance….& on & on & on. Now sit down & shut up. Permanently.

  19. Jaxalum
    8:44 pm August 21, 2011 Permalink

    what’s the email address to whoever posts the fan of the day pics on here? gracias.

  20. Matt Jones
    8:56 pm August 21, 2011 Permalink

  21. thenamerobdigity
    10:28 pm August 21, 2011 Permalink

    I think it is phenomenal. Also, a little extra touch in recruiting.

  22. Section 143 seat sumthin or other
    11:18 pm August 21, 2011 Permalink

    Having been a season ticket holder since we went 2 -9.. Shut up. Huge much needed improvement. Love it. Go big blue!

  23. Big Ed
    8:00 am August 22, 2011 Permalink

    The New Commonwealth Stadium experience will be great. Now, if we can improve on the band. Remember several years ago when the Ohio University band preformed and they received a Standing Ovation from the UK crowd?

  24. ZZbottom
    8:35 am August 22, 2011 Permalink

    the fans look fired up for the start of the second half here at UK!!!!

  25. Jaws2
    12:44 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    I’m sorry, a scoreboard & ribbon video’s don’t get me excited. Winning football games does. Those boards will not run, throw, catch or tackle. I can’t say much about someone ‘excited’ about video screens. I say that statement says a lot about the state of KY football. Paleeeeze.

  26. true blue through and through
    3:11 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Kentucky football is a time to party until basketball season starts. There, I said it. Everybody agrees, nobody wants to be the one that comes out and says it though. Yeah, we like to see them win, but when they don’t what is said?…. “Oh well, they tried hard, you all wanna go to Tin Roof and drink some more?”

    We lose some basketball games, we fire the coach, kick the players off the team, hire the best coach in the business and say “don’t let it happen again.”

    There’s a rap up of UK athletics. All but the Rifle team anyway.