The fate of Kentucky’s 2020-21 international road trip remains in limbo.
The Wildcats are not strangers to neutral-site games. This marquee event is unlike any other. In February UK announced details for the London Showcase, pitting the Wildcats against Michigan at London’s O2 Arena on Dec. 6, 2020.
Weeks later the emergence of coronavirus put the plans in jeopardy. In Monday’s edition of “Coffee with Cal,” international travel came up in the conversation with Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. While Calipari admitted his fascination with historic European sites from World War II, UK’s head coach revealed that his future travel plans to Europe are uncertain.
“We’re going to be ham-strung on travel for the time being,” he said. “We were planning on a game in London. We’re trying to figure out if that’s going to be able to happen. We’re walking through that right now because I’d really like to meet the Queen.”
Calipari provided no further details on alternatives if the game cannot be played as planned across the pond. The London game still appeared on an updated 2020-21 schedule released by UK last week.
At this point, the game’s fate has yet to be determined. If you planned on making the trip, it’s probably wise to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
If you needed another reason to believe the game in London will not happen, today the NFL announced it has canceled its international series, five games that were set to take place in London and Mexico City.