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Tour of UK’s new recruiting room in Commonwealth Stadium

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I toured Kentucky football’s new recruiting room in the East end zone of Commonwealth Stadium today and it is the real deal, very impressive.

For the past 20 or so years, the program used folding tables and chairs in the corner of Nutter Field House to entertain recruits and their families on game days. The long distance between Nutter and Commonwealth made it nearly impossible for coaches to check in with the guests prior to kick off.

Now, the Cats have one of the best game day recruiting facilities in all of college football, complete with direct field access and an unbelievable patio. It’s easily accessible from the locker room so coaches are in and out, before and after games.

Dan Berezowitz, Director of Recruiting, told us, “We’ve had nothing but rave reviews from the families who have been here. They now feel a part of everything.”

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When the special guests arrive at Commonwealth Stadium, they take a private elevator to the recruiting room. It is the only stop the elevator makes, and recruits and their family members are the only people allowed on it.

Here is the first thing they see when the elevator doors open:

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A 90-degree right turn puts them in front of a hologram wall, featuring Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers; Larry Warford, Detroit Lions; Avery Williamson, Tennessee Titans; Za’Darius Smith, Baltimore Ravens; and Bud Dupree, Pittsburgh Steelers.

The hologram images change from UK uniforms to NFL uniforms as you pass.

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I did my best to get a video of the hologram. It’s not great, but you get the point:

Here’s a look at one-half of the massive room:

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Stoops (or whoever) can address the room from this podium:

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Check out one of the many enormous televisions scattered around the room. Playstations are available for any vistor who wants a quick game of Madden.

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And here’s a view of the patio and stadium from inside:

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If recruits want to step out and feel the electricity of the game day atmosphere, the patio has plenty of seating to take it all in:

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It makes for quite a view:

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One caveat: NCAA rules require everyone to be in their seats during play. Therefore the patio and recruiting room are completely empty (aside from a handful of staff members) while the game is going on. Recruits can return during halftime for food, more Madden or potty breaks, but must be gone at the start of the second half. Booooooooo, NCAA.

Now let’s say Mark Stoops wants alone time with one of the guys, to really sell him on what he can become at the University of Kentucky. They can go downstairs to Stoops’ private office beneath the main room:

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It is still under construction, but here’s how it looks as of today:

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Pretty cool, right? The entire thing is a million times better than the previous setup. I really can’t put into words how bad it was before this new renovation. Now it’s among the best anywhere, maybe even THE best in the country. No other stadium in football has a patio to entertain visitors. #ChangeTheGame

 

And now for a BONUS!!

After wandering around the recruiting area, I also got to take a look at the pregame room. This is where the team sits in the 20 minutes between warming up on the field and running out of the tunnel. In years past they returned to the locker room, but now they meet in here before taking the field: pregame-room4

This message is on one of the walls inside: pregame-wall

Then, when it’s finally time, the walk to the field. When these doors open, it’s on. tunnel

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

44 Comments for Tour of UK’s new recruiting room in Commonwealth Stadium



  1. BigAbes4UK
    8:19 pm September 24, 2015 Permalink

    Amazing stuff! Love that we are on the cutting edge for recruit facilities.

    Love the patio! Thats just insane

    Can they play playstation on those big screens? Regardless it’s just beautiful.



  2. Luther
    8:21 pm September 24, 2015 Permalink

    This is what I call style. It often triumphs over substance…



    • Luther
      9:25 pm September 24, 2015 Permalink

      Oh and 3, baby!!!



    • Billy Ray
      11:18 pm September 24, 2015 Permalink

      Yet, we will likely lose to the tards again this year.



    • Ha!
      12:19 am September 25, 2015 Permalink

      They haven’t won a game yet…. I like our chances. 😉

      Fucc boi.



  3. Ben
    8:32 pm September 24, 2015 Permalink

    Wow what a beautiful recruiting room,way better than our old one. The NCAA needs to change that rule so the recruits can watch the game from our one and only patio



    • BobKYCats
      8:37 pm September 24, 2015 Permalink

      Or at the very least, change the rule so I can sit there.



  4. Orphan Annie
    8:37 pm September 24, 2015 Permalink

    Thanks for this. I hope to see it as top post tonight.



  5. Shelby
    8:39 pm September 24, 2015 Permalink

    WOW!! That is absolutely awesome. That NCAA rule is absurd lutely absurd: wth is the purpose of that?



  6. jasongillum
    8:49 pm September 24, 2015 Permalink

    nah, it’s cool…i think i’ll still go to south carolina



  7. Angelo
    9:08 pm September 24, 2015 Permalink

    Grrreeaaaaat Post Drew!!!



  8. W.C
    9:32 pm September 24, 2015 Permalink

    “WHY NOT KENTUCKY”



  9. J-Dub421
    11:22 pm September 24, 2015 Permalink

    Wow, that recruiting room is spectacular!



  10. BLUEVADER
    11:53 pm September 24, 2015 Permalink

    I am confused the article says the recruits can step out and experience the game atmosphere or energy then later it says they cannot be on patio or recruiting room? How can they experience it if they are not allowed to be on patio? Other then that it has to be one of the best things going in all college football.



    • Paul
      12:46 am September 25, 2015 Permalink

      I think the NCAA needs to embrace the changes made at Commonwealth Stadium and allow the recruits to roam on the patio all they want. UK is making smart decisions for the future…..Meanwhile, many schools already have a Recruiting advantage when they allow tasty alcohol beverage sales in their stadium or arena.



    • Matt
      9:38 am September 25, 2015 Permalink

      He said they can “feel the electricity of the game day atmosphere” which is different than the “game atmosphere”. So they can take in the pregame stuff and fan excitement before kickoff. kind of a silly rule but I guess it is to keep schools from putting recruits up in luxury boxes.



    • CATandMONKEY
      9:43 am September 25, 2015 Permalink

      GaneDAY atmosphere. They can be in the recruiting room during pregame, postgame and halftime. The NCAA rule is indeed ignorant. The reasoning is that the recruits are receiving benefits not available to other students…uh, no shite Sherlock? (NCAA) Just being invited to watch the game is a benefit not available to most.
      The idiocy and hypocrisy of the NCAA is almost unfathomable.



    • ukjaybrat
      12:23 pm September 25, 2015 Permalink

      ” when they allow tasty alcohol beverage sales in their stadium or arena.”

      No one else in the sec can sell alcohol either and they don’t have any problems recruiting



  11. Carol
    12:37 am September 25, 2015 Permalink

    Now if only they could win….



    • CardFan502
      1:22 am September 25, 2015 Permalink

      Don’t worry Carol. We got Sanford this weekend. Should be a W maybe.



    • Elmer Skaggs
      1:38 am September 25, 2015 Permalink

      A beautiful mural depicting all twenty nine losses to Florida



    • Ha!
      1:43 am September 25, 2015 Permalink

      ^^ 0-3, fucc boi.

      Whats your address? I’d like to send you a Nick Chubb FatHead. 😉



  12. Abdul Salaam
    3:18 am September 25, 2015 Permalink

    They are filming a remake of Deliverance in Lexington and a casting call just went out for hundred of extras. To be considered, you must be a UK fan with at least ten missing teeth and a working knowledge of male rectum.



    • Parvenu
      4:25 am September 25, 2015 Permalink

      To no one’s surprise, you were the first extra hired.



  13. Drew Franklin
    3:20 am September 25, 2015 Permalink

    I forgot to mention that Taco Bell has the catering contract



  14. Coach Charlie Petrino
    4:38 am September 25, 2015 Permalink

    Our locker room signage says No Guns and Respect Women.
    That is all.



  15. Red headed Stepchild
    7:33 am September 25, 2015 Permalink

    Damn, this post has the trolls, trolling. That’s why the little brother nickname is soooo fitting

    Matt should entice his writers with a financial bonus for every post that generates large troll interest, due to the fact that each troll “click” is not the usual targeted audience for the site. Or is it? Since UK lost last week that’s all I’ve seen on here is lil’ brother trolls



  16. Buckeye
    7:47 am September 25, 2015 Permalink

    Good job, BBN. That’s a nice looking room. It looks a lot like Ohio State’s, without all the National Championship banners, Heisman trophies, Conference Championship signs, or lists of NFL players.



    • Kristen Pflum's Hips
      8:13 am September 25, 2015 Permalink

      Now if only Jared Sullinger could get the Spaulding tattoo off his chest.



    • Buckeye
      8:34 am September 25, 2015 Permalink

      Ha ha ha. Leave it to BBN to turn a football thread into a basketball comment. Isn’t the SEC a football conference? To your point, Sully probably has removed the Spaulding Tattoo since he has a big NBA contract. Is Harrellson still working the counter at Taco Bell, or is he now Assistant Manager?



    • Andrew
      8:45 am September 25, 2015 Permalink

      If only we had the tough schedule that Ohio State faces year in and year out…



    • Buckeye
      8:58 am September 25, 2015 Permalink

      Yeah, knocking off the #1 SEC team and the #1 Pac10 team in the same year is tough! See BBN, there is this thing called a Playoff now. You probably watched it on TV last season. It allows the best teams in the country to play each other. I wonder who dominated those playoffs???



    • Jim Tressel
      9:41 am September 25, 2015 Permalink

      Leave it to a Buckeye fan to come comment and take shots at a program that has nothing to do with them. Stay classy Buckeyes.



    • HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
      10:52 am September 25, 2015 Permalink

      Is there seriously a Buckeye troll on here talking shit?!?!?! Act like you’ve been there before, dumbass!



    • Detours
      2:15 pm September 25, 2015 Permalink

      Buckeye has it right concerning the recruiting room with all of its (lack of) trophies and conference titles, and I just love the motto they have….’Til the Battle is Won’. Really….that’s it? Such an inspiring thing to see right before you enter the field. I wonder if on the other side of that same door coming off the field they should put the motto….’Maybe Next Time’. Get real Kentucky. GO TIGERS!!!!



  17. Linda Shnitz
    8:14 am September 25, 2015 Permalink

    The reason so many trolls post here is because they can. Matt is refusing to implement even weak anti-troll measures. So don’t blame us, you dumb, inbred, toothless trailer-trash, blame your Duke hero



    • Wow
      10:46 am September 25, 2015 Permalink

      So angry…. Why? Always being Little Brother got ya down?



    • Hmmmm
      12:18 pm September 25, 2015 Permalink

      Yeah dont blame the trolls for trolling, blame the site for allowing them to do it. Thats some weak azz logic Ms. Linda.



  18. WC
    8:39 am September 25, 2015 Permalink

    Sure would like to have seen a big ole nasty WILDCAT when I stepped out of elevator!



  19. Blue_Cat75
    9:10 am September 25, 2015 Permalink

    BTW, those aren’t holograms, they are lenticular pictures. A hologram will have a 3D image that seems to move with your movement. Lenticular photos flip back and forth.

    Awesome facility none the less.



  20. Paul Harmon
    11:58 am September 25, 2015 Permalink

    Way back in Mumme’s day I heard Basset say they were begging Newton for……a recruiting room.



  21. bluegrassstu
    2:30 pm September 25, 2015 Permalink

    This is really nice, the Cats are starting to catch up a little to some of the other power 5 teams in modern facilities. I have seen a couple of other recruiting rooms, this one is nearly on par with those.



  22. Obammunism
    10:53 pm September 26, 2015 Permalink

    Great article Matt! Cats finally get to a bowl as of this moment