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UK Makes A Change To Student Tickets


In an effort to combat what Matt so aptly labeled “the flannel shirt guys tailgating through the game” earlier this week, UK made a change to their student ticket process.  The school announced today that the tickets will be made available July 18, but that they will be issued as general admission.  According to an email sent out to students today, the goal is to convince them to arrive early and get the best seats, thus packing the place out.  Those arriving early and landing some coveted real estate in the lower level will receive a wristband, so those flannel shirt guys don’t come creeping in at halftime and try to take your spot.

It might seem like only a small move and it probably is, but it’s a step toward finally fixing the apathy problem in Commonwealth Stadium.  It might not gaurantee a packed house at kickoff against Central Michigan, but against bigger schools – and Louisville too – it should work out quite nicely.  Smart move by the athletic department.

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Article written by Thomas Beisner

36 Comments for UK Makes A Change To Student Tickets

  1. RidgeRunner
    3:37 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink

    We will take any news we can to better ourselves (New Uniforms, Tickets, etc…) –bottom line, it’s on Joker and what he does or doesn’t do on that sideline before all the bells and whistles matter.

  2. BhamJ
    3:48 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink

    The students show up for the Auburn football games more than 2 hours early and stand for the entire game, in part, because they do the same thing.

  3. Bfrey
    3:49 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink

    Beer or a good seat. Ahh, the dilemmas we face in college.

  4. CatsFanInKnoxville
    3:50 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink

    Forest Gump says: “I like it a lot”.

    I’m glad to see at lease an effort to fix the atmosphere. Hopefully this will help. It sure sounds like it’s a good idea to me.

  5. Al Gore
    3:53 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink

    #4 We need better ideas to “fix the atmosphere”. Go green dammit.

    3:56 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink


  7. kymover
    4:21 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink

    Win games you put butts in seats

  8. 7aintenough
    4:32 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink

    Not a fan. I loved having good tickets and being able to slide in the last minute; tailgating’s too much fun!

  9. Student Perspective
    4:35 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink

    This is such a dumb idea. Great football programs are known for tailgating and knowing you have a ticket to the big game prior to the day of the game. I have been a die hard UK Football (yes football) fan my whole life and now that I’m in college I love to tailgate. It’s what makes us an SEC School.. Tailgating! Now we have to forgo that to wait at games for 3 hours?

    Watch as this kills student ticket sales. #7 is right on

  10. Hal Mumme
    4:50 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink

    Oh you and your little Joker offense. You need to go back to my wild child ways. I may not have won too often but sure as hell didn’t run it every 1st down.

  11. Carolinastudent
    5:08 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink

    This is how all the other big time sec schools handle student tickets. If you want to drink longer you’re just gonna have to deal with a higher seat.

  12. Students wromg
    5:12 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink

    EverynSEC school does this. Kudos to the change

  13. St Paul Raiders
    5:12 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink

    8- if tailgating is more important to you than the game itself no one is forcing you to go to the game. Sounds like you’re the type of person UK is trying to weed out anyway.

  14. Doubledynasty2012
    5:15 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink

    Yup… Come in early.. Get your wristband and head to the parking lot to tailgate… what’s that going to fix?

  15. Slique
    5:15 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink

    Such a rough choice, drink and eat like every other day/night of college, or come to a football game and eat and drink for a little while and then go to a football game. You can serve two masters, either you love UK Football or you love drinking and eating.

  16. St Paul Raiders
    5:15 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink

    I meant 9, but it works for 8 too!

  17. Slique
    5:17 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink

    Well that sucks, meant to say you can’t serve two masters

  18. Slique
    5:19 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink

    14, still have to have a ticket, so you won’t be able to leave once you’re in the stadium….unless you buy a second ticket

  19. Bledsoe's Biceps
    5:19 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink

    8 – So stay at the tailgate party as long as you like. You won’t be missed inside the stadium. This is exactly what they are trying to accomplish. It’s a good approach.

  20. He Hate Me
    5:22 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink

    As a student who likes tailgating and the football games, I like this idea. Although the students not showing up early is a problem, Commonwealth as a whole needs to have a better atmosphere. That also comes by having an exciting football team, which we….err…don’t have.

  21. Doubledynasty2012
    5:22 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink

    Got ya 18… Thanks for clarification… And they check students brutally.. Sneaking boos in would be difficult.. Great idea.. I like that they r at Least trying

  22. Jason
    5:34 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink

    Um, tailgate earlier you effing morons. The upper section isn’t first come, first serve. Sit up there, you apathetic embarrassments of SEC football college students. This is a great move by UK.

  23. HereForTheLulz
    5:37 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink

    8, 9 – Cry me a river. The only reason tailgating happens is because there is a football game taking place. Not the other way around. Go be apathetic in the upper levels.

    You can go get plastered and play cornhole after the game is over.

  24. Tom
    6:04 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink

    I’m pretty sure I never sat in my ticketed seat during my UK days…

  25. Jay Lawless
    6:29 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink

    Love this idea! As a student who loves to tailgate AND be rowdy for the football team, this seams like a great start at fixing the empty seats problem. Notice I said “start”…there still a ways to go, but this is good.

  26. Matt Leedy
    7:53 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink

    None of this matters if we go 5-7. Neither do the uniforms.

  27. Jill
    10:08 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink

    Been to 2 bama football games where they always do tickets like this. Students pack the stands hours before kickoff and it is so intimidating. Finally we are acting like a real sec football school.

  28. Some Guy in Kentucky
    12:19 am July 2, 2011 Permalink

    If, the UK coaches can get the players to play for 4 quarters, it will help the atmosphere greatly! There was not one game last year that they did that.

  29. Dave
    9:19 am July 2, 2011 Permalink

    Ya know what will fix the apathy problem at Commonwealth.



    Winning more, losing less.

    Then more fans will give a damn and want to actually watch the games instead of using it as an excuse to party, commiserate and socialize.

    WIN, JOKER, WIN!!!

    Nothing creates fans like winning. Nothing sales tickets AND puts butts in seats like winning.

    There aren’t a whole lot more people out there who want to watch year after year and decade after decade of completely incompetent to merely mediocre Football.

    …and pay for the “privilege” of seeing the same mediocre teams fielded year after year after year.

    Oh, that’s right, UK almost beat Auburn last year. Whoopdeedoo…Tubby almost went to the Final Four like 50 times. Who cares.

    Win some damn games against opponents that matter. Beat Ohio State instead of Ohio. Beat Miami instead of Miami of Ohio.

    That will put butts in seats.

    Losing puts the same old people who are used to losing into Commonwealth. Fans who are accustomed to losing and don’t mind it so much. That’s your average UK fan. They accept losing in Football. The UKAA accepts losing in football.

    And on average 60 to 70,000 fans pay for the privilege each game of seeing losing football. 60 to 70,000 suckers who support year after year the notion that losing is ok and the big turn around is gonna be next season. The perpetual belief in the myth of “we’ll turn the corner next season.”

    What a bunch of losers.

  30. Dave
    9:23 am July 2, 2011 Permalink

    Jill, yeap, “acting” being the key word there…lol

    UK Football is not SEC quality. It still sucks.

  31. Dave
    9:24 am July 2, 2011 Permalink

    students don’t show up early because they know that there will be seats available later…

    why rush to get something that not too many people want…

    UK Football is like Auburn Basketball. It’s pathetic.

  32. Will
    12:34 pm July 2, 2011 Permalink

    Maybe a reason some players don’t want to come here is because the fan base is so pathetic. I love this move. Football games are just that, football games. Drink, eat, and be merry, but ultimately go to the game. If you have nothing better to do than get drunk at 10 a.m. on a Saturday morning, then good riddance. I am sick of seeing these fairweather football fans.

    “The team needs to be good first, and THEN we will enjoy the team”

    No, a true fan will stick with the team. They will understand that being in the SEC is competetive and you cannot recruit the best guys overnight. Every year Joker has brought in bigger and better players. With him and Tee Martin the players will continue to get better. UK may never get to the level of an Alabama, or Florida (they are the equivalent of us in basketball, they are established), but they have the potential to do very well. Once that does happen, don’t come groveling back…

  33. Just saying
    2:00 pm July 2, 2011 Permalink

    its much more of an attempt to keep guys from drinking while tailgaiting. If we can get guys out of the parking lot and into the stadium (where alcohol sales are banned) then they’ll be less likely to be intoxicated. The problem is….in order to watch UK football you NEED to be drunk

  34. mores
    3:16 pm July 2, 2011 Permalink

    Great idea. There’s a reason most schools do this.

    People who think this will mean you have to EITHER tailgate or go to the game early are smoking something. The lower level of the student section has, since the beginning of time, been 1/2 full for every game except Louisville, Tennessee, and top-5 SEC opponents. Going to general admission will not change this. Everyone will still be able to get seats, they just might not be as good, and it will cut out all the wasted empty sections from kids who buy the 7 home games and only go to 1-2 games (that section is painfully obvious, since the rest of the stadium is always packed).

    Anyone who doesn’t buy tickets because of the change in policy is a moron.

  35. Estos Nueces
    5:17 pm July 2, 2011 Permalink

    Penn State vs Ohio State they had 40,000 students screaming Bon Jovi 3 hrs before the game…wouldnt happen with reserved tickets. Just sayin.

  36. kentuckyfan
    10:21 pm July 2, 2011 Permalink

    You might see more interest in actually watching the game instead of tailgating if you had a coach who recruited people that can compete with the Florida’s and Alabama’s. Until then, seems to me that getting some good food while tailgating is a significantly better deal than actually going inside to watch the game.