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8 Suggestions for UK if the Stadium isn’t 100% done by September 5th


Yesterday, the media toured Commonwealth Stadium, and to the layman’s eye, it looked like there is still a lot of work left to do. With 43 days left until the season opener against Louisiana Lafayette, the clock is ticking and, even though construction crews are working 22 out of 24 hours each day, we need to accept that on September 5, the stadium may not be completely finished. And that’s okay.

In fact, since it looks like that’s going to be the case, here are some suggestions for UK to make the best out of the situation:


Draw your name in the concrete at Fan Day!

The pictures show that most of the concourses still don’t have concrete flooring. According to my very minimal Googling, concrete takes 28 days to properly cure to achieve full strength and hardness. By a rough timeline, that means they should pour around the time of Fan Day, which is on August 8. Fan Day will be held in Nutter Field House, but why not give fans a chance to leave their own stamp on the stadium and draw their initials in the wet concrete? With supervision, of course.

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Pregame mud wrestling along Alumni Drive

It’s not just the stadium that’s under construction; the entire area around the stadium is undergoing a major transformation, including Alumni Drive, which has a new roundabout that’s sure to cause some headaches. The major roadwork appears to be close to finished, but the land around it will probably still be a mess. Since the game’s at night and traffic is expected to be terrible, tailgating will be going on all day long. You know what goes great with lots of really drunk people? Mud wrestling.

Maybe Ryan Lemond can find this guy during the Pregame Show and finally get some revenge:

Free hard hat giveaway to the first 61,000 fans

Fun, practical, and a great head start for your Halloween costume!

Find a nail, get a free ticket

My house was renovated two years ago and we’re still finding spare nails around the back porch. Although I’m sure the cleanup crews will do their best to sweep up every last nail, staple, and screw, there will inevitably be a few left over. Make cleanup fun by asking fans to collect all the nails they find, and offer the fan with the most a prize, like a free ticket. Just be sure to wear closed-toe shoes and put gloves on the kiddos if they want to get in on the action.


Whiny Media Tweets Bingo

One of the major changes won’t affect fans, but they’ll definitely hear about it: the press box moved from above the lower bowl to above the upper deck. When the media got to check out their new digs yesterday, most of the tweets and pictures were of the press box even though fans couldn’t care less about it. It’ll probably be even worse on game day. Cell service in the stadium is supposed to be better, so pull up Twitter and use this bingo card to play along during timeouts! We’ll definitely use it on the live blog.


Free dust masks with your first drink (Club and Suite levels only)

Pardon the dust, but enjoy that beer! Isn’t it nice not to have to sneak it in?


Dim the lights on all the parts that aren’t 100%

The first game’s at night, so nature will provide some coverage for the exterior parts that aren’t totally done or strategically lit. The majority of the work seems to be on the inside, so use mood lighting to mask areas of concern. Once people get a few drinks in them, they won’t notice anyways.

Let people just deal with it

Like the product on the field, the stadium isn’t 100% yet, but it sure is better than what we had before. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the game.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

20 Comments for 8 Suggestions for UK if the Stadium isn’t 10020one by September 5th

  1. Well done Tyler. The Bingo on the live blog will be classic!

  2. Gowcats
    9:21 pm July 23, 2015 Permalink

    How about opening the gates a couple of hours early, handing everyone a paint brush on the way in, and having the World’s Largest Painting Party?

  3. Come on
    9:24 pm July 23, 2015 Permalink

    Everyone wants progress. No one wants to deal with the in-between periods where things may not be so pretty. Sometimes, construction gets delayed. Deal with it. It’s going to be awesome. Instead of being happy that change is coming, you want to complain that it’s not here yet. These posts are driving me nuts.

    • Huh?
      9:43 pm July 23, 2015 Permalink

      Are you confusing complaining with speculation? I see no complaining in her post.

    • J-Dub421
      9:56 pm July 23, 2015 Permalink

      You don’t have much of a sense of humor, do you?

  4. Send Prayers
    9:26 pm July 23, 2015 Permalink

    Local Lafayette news reporting shooting at movie theater near ULL. Send prayers immediately. ‘Looks like ‘folks there may be needing lots of support in the days leading up to this game. This is not a joke. News currently breaking.

  5. Gary Fleming
    9:43 pm July 23, 2015 Permalink

    According to Russ Pear…see video at :20 mark…the concourse has an asphalt binder coat that will be removed in a couple of weeks. I assumed they’ll either remove it or put new asphalt over it and not pour new concrete, which would really screw up the timeline and completion of the finishing touches.

  6. TyE
    9:49 pm July 23, 2015 Permalink

    Just a thought..most other SEC school have a cool tradition..and those hard hats look really cool and we are at a turning point in the football program..the hard hats would be a great tradition in my opinion.

    • InigoMontoya
      11:51 pm July 23, 2015 Permalink

      That’s actually not a bad idea. The image of tough, hard-working players is a pretty good one. The hard hat would be a good representation of that ideal.

    • Hardhat
      6:17 am July 24, 2015 Permalink

      …see Purdue.

  7. Ronnie Hawkins
    10:08 pm July 23, 2015 Permalink

    Are you serious, we can get beer now?

  8. C.M Tomlin
    11:37 pm July 23, 2015 Permalink

    Funny. Not nearly as funny as my worst satire, but funny nevertheless

  9. Angelo
    11:55 pm July 23, 2015 Permalink

    Bowl game this year!! Even if the stadium is not ready!! Faster players, soft schedule! We can do it!

    • Excited
      9:16 am July 24, 2015 Permalink

      I can’t wait! I’m booking tickets for the BBVA Compass Bowl in beautiful Birmingham already.

    • UKBlue1!
      1:27 pm July 24, 2015 Permalink

      Auburn, GA, MSU, UT, Mizzu all at various times will be ranked in the top 25 mark it down. Possibility of UL, USC and ULL all were bowl elgible last year. UF I don’t need to discuss our history with them. It is going to be tough to win 6 games with this schedule.

  10. Angelo
    1:59 am July 24, 2015 Permalink

    Great UK basketball stuff on Bleacher Report

    • UK Football
      9:05 am July 24, 2015 Permalink

      It’s football season. Deal with it.

  11. Experience Construction Worker
    9:06 am July 24, 2015 Permalink

    You people obviously know nothing about construction, but that is okay because you clearly admitted that. CWS is right on schedule with the type of projected work hours that are scheduled. I would be concerned if they hadn’t started any drywall.

  12. Common Sense
    2:09 pm July 24, 2015 Permalink

    Concrete takes up to 28 days to cure not harden. Concrete gets its strength from a chemical reaction, not from hardening. Therefore, the concrete will be hard after about 5-10 hours and then begins to cure. So unless they place the concrete the morning of fan day, don’t get your hopes up on writing your name in the concourse.

  13. Meece
    9:06 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

    The concrete idea is awesome and would be super cool. But obviously you have not done flat work it is a process with one chance to get it correct throwing multiple fans in the way of a crew finishing would not work because it would have to be wet in order to write in and there for it would still being worked in. Great idea but would not work