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UK Wants You To Voice Your Opinion On Football Experience

Over the past several months, there’s been a push from the UK athletics administration to enhance your football viewing experience and ensure that the atmosphere at Commonwealth Stadium is not only ideal for fans, but also serves as the best possible home field advantage possible.  Part of that movement includes adding the new video boards and sound system at the stadium and, as of last week, it could potentially include whatever you’d like. 

The school sent out a survey that allows fans to rank a number of things from parking to music to the concessions and pretty much everything in between.  So do yourself and all of the fans around you a favor.  Go take the survey.  We – and that includes us here at the site – often criticize some of the ways Kentucky does things in comparison to other schools and kudos to the administration for wanting to hear your feedback.  So make it count.

And if you have any really, really good ideas, you can leave them in the comments section so we can all steal them and submit them too.

Go Cats.

Article written by Thomas Beisner

28 Comments for UK Wants You To Voice Your Opinion On Football Experience

  1. Brent S
    1:25 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    This post just mixed my two fav. things, UK sports and obey giant art, way to go Beez!

  2. mocha
    1:33 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    hire hooters servers as cheerleaders on the sideline to distract the other team and enhance fans’ viewing experience.

  3. CharlieBradshaw
    1:34 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    1. Replace benches with seat backed chairs. By the end of games, fans backs and rear ends hurt so much, they can’t even think about cheering. Stand you say, give us something to stand about.
    2. Current and historical music selections suck.
    3. Play a better quality non-conference schedule. I can remember us playing Penn State and Oklahoma home and home. Do it again.
    4. And the concession food sucks. This would be easy to address. Hire a better concessionaire.

  4. Tom Handy
    1:36 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    I completed this survey last week. It does seem to heed the cries from the fans concerning the pregame/during game environment. In particular the UK Band is involved with a great deal of the questions. I suspect the band department is not going to like what the general consensus is with the questions regarding them and their performance. Just sayin…..

  5. JT'sgoldenvoice
    1:42 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    The band needs to learn to play papa’ roches last resort…

  6. AtWork
    1:50 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    WE NEED TO SURROUND THE FIELD WITH SHRUBBERY and I’m being completely serious.

  7. UKstudent
    1:54 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    This may have been mentioned before on this site, but this year UK student section seating is first come first serve. This means that hopefully the lower level student section won’t be empty until halfway through the first quarter, which I, for one, am really pumped about.

  8. Bryan
    2:02 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    The team needs to enter the field with Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” playing like they do at Virginia Tech. Check it out on youtube. Awesome….

  9. Fran Curci
    2:04 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    1) Sell beer. Heck with the SEC.
    2) Instead of playing the Jacksonville State’s of the world (who the heck are they anyway), play a 3 game series with Ohio State (Columbus, Lexington and Cincinnati). Play a 3 game series with Notre Dame (South Bend, Lexington and Lucas Oil Stadium). Play a 4 game series with Texas (Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, LP Field in Nashville and home and home). Play a home and home with a west coast team or Hawaii. Just THINK BIG and quit crying about having to make so much money playing nobodies, after visiting team guarantees, bet the money isn’t that much anyway and you could make that up (see #1). The only way to put UK football on the map is to THINK BIG like Bowden did when he went to FSU. For God’s sake run the PUNTEROOSKI……
    You people in charge of the UK football program are booring us to death. Yes this means you Barnhardt. And Joker, you “CAN BE” the UK football saviour, just THINK BIG doggonit.
    Don’t be afraid to schedule tough teams. These games will, eventually, make big time national TV (not ESPN4) and recruits will notice.

  10. Jonah Hex
    2:05 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    I like the idea 6, a lot of SEC teams do that. Also, we need the team to be carrying a KY state flag too. I always think its great when THE state U brings that flag onto the field. I got to tee off on the band and the way the stadium looks.

  11. Major
    2:05 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    Mainly, I criticized the band’s fascination with minor Paula Adbul hits from the early nineties.

  12. need a new post
    2:06 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    rivals is stating that Kaleb Tarczewski intends to announce his college selection in the next 24-48 hours. what are our chances?

  13. UKGoBigBlue
    2:13 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    Next year Mitch needs to find the money, rip out the bleachers & install seats; what are we animals.

    UK has always shied away from having cool things at basketball & football games because they don’t want to piss off the old alums or their money. If having banging music during warm ups, halftime, or really during anytime is going to piss off the old alum’s, then old alum’s, get the F out.

  14. BeerCaps
    2:31 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    After this survey, if UK isn’t afraid to make internal changes to those that handle the pre-game environment/band, than it will never change. Hire people that have an idea of event management and aren’t afraid to be creative and you’ll see a huge difference in Commonwealth’s atmosphere.

  15. Section 133
    2:33 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    Well, I took the survey and I let them have it. Please, replace that P.A. announcer. BAN BEACH BALLS. NEVER DO THE “WAVE.”

  16. Catsantonio
    2:42 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    We need to have a tradition that the fans and players can identify with.

    Wisconsin = Jump Around
    VaTech = Enter Sandman
    Tennessee = Rocky Top

    Whatever it is, own it. South Carolina rocks Sandstorm that annoys the hell out of us, but they own it and it gets their fans fired up. If South Carolina basketball can have something surely UK Football can create something.

  17. Jones Returns
    2:47 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    All those great questions, but not one question about the actual football team and it’s performance. You can pay for all the bells and whistles you want, but the only thing that matters is winning football games over quality opponents. You fix that and everything else will fall into place.

  18. football fan
    3:03 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    Beat Florida or Tennessee.

  19. JB
    3:30 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    Brick exterior!
    Have the team run out of a “Power K”, similar to UT or Alabama.

  20. Dave in Asskrakistan
    3:37 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink


    Anything is is secondary.

    Winning will enhance my experience!!!

  21. Ghostofbearbryant
    3:51 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    I’d sit on broken glass and endure halftime shows of Sayre Middle School Cello Quartet if it meant a winning SEC record one yr.

  22. Football Man
    4:25 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    1. Brick up outside of the stadium. 2. Player/conf. recog. outside stadium & in concourse. 3. Parking pass for all season tix holders. 4. Parking lots @ soccer/softball comlexes.5. Blue seats w/backs. 6. Blue/white shaker poms in seats. 7. Play classic rock music. 8. Band play “Blue Moon of KY”. 9. Cheerleaders perform “K-E-N-T-U-C-K-Y Means Paradise”. 10. Dance team perform to ” “We’re From KY”.11. Mic up band & split up & play in diff. sect. 12. “Go Cats” to be said like roll tide. 13.Wildcat paw sratch hand gesture “eat ’em up” roar. 14. “Hell’s Bell’s”. “Enter Sandman”. “Highway to Hell”. 15. Live music & vendor’s tent village outside stadium. 16. Giant “K” @ midfield. 17. “Pattern of Excellence” in endzone. 18. Bowl in endzones. 19. Food unique to Ky in concession. 20. “Giant Chinese Grass” surrounding the field or schrubs.

  23. Football Man
    4:27 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    Live wildcat in cage on sideline

  24. Ron Ron
    4:42 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    C-A-T-S CATS CATS CATS chant during every kickoff, band play LOUDER for reelz, band learn 2 or 3 more songs besides the fight song, blueout/blackout games, pom poms in every seat every game, band form a K when the players run out of the tunnel, lots of rap to get everyone pumped! dont worry about pissing off the old folks, they wont stand and cheer anyways!

  25. Holden McGroin
    7:49 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    I took the survey. Funny how ticket prices weren’t mentioned. I went to 5 games year before last. Last year i went to one.

  26. JoeB
    9:48 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink


  27. David P.
    11:26 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    Absolutely agree with “Charlie Bradshaw”.

    Need seat backs.

    Too much rap for the average fan in attendance.

    Food doesn’t make too much difference, but I come to watch football and not be bothered with a bunch of drunks spilling booze and food on us. No problem with drinking during tailgating, but don’t need it in the stadium

    Old Alum

  28. Tokyo Satchel
    4:09 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    More urinals!!