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A Saturday Afternoon at Commonwealth Stadium with 900 UK Fans


The Kentucky football program invited 900 of its 2016 season ticket holders to Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday to tour the facilities and hear from Mitch Barnhart and some of the players. I had nothing going on Saturday, so I crashed the party to check it all out myself.  Why not, right?

Let me tell you all about what I saw and learned…



The new practice facility is on schedule to be complete on July 15.

Mitch Barnhart said the coaches plan on moving into their new offices on Friday, July 15. The project is on pace to be ready to go that day.

The players will begin using it August 1.

A new sports science laboratory will replace the old football offices in Nutter.

UK will soon have a new sports science lab with experts from all over the country to focus on injury prevention for the university’s student-athletes.

Fans of the Day:

Still no stadium Wi-Fi for fans.

“Those will be things we’ll come back — we’re going to get to,” Barnhart told one of the tours. “But they’re very expensive and we have to find a way to work through it. My goal is to get the players’ stuff done first and I’ll come back and address that later on.”

He said it costs around $6 million to install the new stadium-wide Wi-Fi.

All of the bleacher-backs will be in place in “about a season and a half.”

The visitors and students will not get them, though. UK decided against bleacher-backs in the student section to encourage students to stand and be part of the game.

They’re doing about a half a million each year on the installment of the new backs.

Watch more of Barnhart’s comments during the tour:

There is a foosball table in the back service area of CWS.

Ever wonder why the concessions stands can run a little behind? I may have found the answer. There is a foosball table in the back service area where everything is stored.




You’re looking at the new pork chop sandwich. It’s marinated pork loin with pineapple, dipped in Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce. Get you one at Commonwealth this fall.

There is a new Wildcat Creed on the wall of the locker room.

The new creed was written last year by the UK Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and it defines what it means to be a Wildcat. It’s on both sides of a wall in the center of the CWS locker room.


One of the tour groups wanted to sing the fight song.

So, they sang the fight song.

This is also where the football team sings the fight song after wins, hopefully with a little more passion and enthusiasm than this bunch.

Jacob Hyde’s ringtone is “House Party” by Sam Hunt.

A little fun fact for you there. His phone, which was plugged into the sound system, went off while he was speaking to one of the groups.

Courtney Love said Nebraska didn’t have anything like UK’s stadium locker room.

Love raved about UK’s new stadium locker room and how organized it is for game days. Each position group is assigned its own area in the room with dry erase boards on the walls for pregame and halftime coaching.

Wesley Woodyard said NFL teams don’t have anything like it, either.

Fans got to run (most walked) through the tunnel and onto the field.

It’s a party! It’s a party! It’s a partay!

Again, this wasn’t the most enthusiastic bunch. I would’ve been shoving people into the wall and bashing heads with grandma once those doors opened.

We are 67 days away from kick-off.


Article written by Drew Franklin

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

38 Comments for A Saturday Afternoon at Commonwealth Stadium with 900 UK Fans

  1. GroundControlToNumber9
    12:47 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

    A big FU to stadium wifi for 6 million.

    Mitch needs that money to pay a team of clowns to jack up the rest of the letters: entucky

  2. GroundControlToNumber9
    1:04 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

    How about this… let’s see if we can add up Mitch Barnhart’s lifetime salary we’ve paid him and prevent our jaws from dropping.

    Then guess what he’s going to make over the next 2 years picking a 3th failed football coach (in a football conference).

    Heads roll AT EVERY OTHER SEC SCHOOL. It’s too expensive… especially with the money being thrown at football now. Without the return the fans will fall off because of increased prices (inflation + upgraded effort to compete = twice the expectation/heat).

    • Billy Hill
      1:16 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

      3th? You’re an idiot. BTW, Stoops is the 27th highest paid coach in football. Calm down.

    • GroundControlToNumber9
      1:38 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

      Billy – Was going to say 4th being that Granpappy Brooks was 39—47 & 16—39 in the SEC.

      But I gave him a mulligan for his fresh ‘maters.

      You can call out a typo but Mitch is not getting it done. 12 years of fail (giving him the mulligan [2006] we went 4-4 in the SEC).

    • GroundControlToNumber9
      1:42 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

      Upgraded effort to compete wasn’t referencing Stoops pay… it’s the money being poured into the program.

      Pouring from a tap like it’s Bama, UT, Florida, or LSU but without the results. Not sustainable but these goofballs think it’s Vegas.

      Stoops only shot is now and he’s got the worst schedule in 4 years.

    • Billy Hill
      1:46 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

      Wow. You’re a special kind of stupid….

    • Tater
      7:45 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

      Benny Hill doesn’t like you Groundcontrol….

    • Billy Hill
      10:29 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

      He’s making white Kentuckians look bad.

  3. GroundControlToNumber9
    1:06 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

    BTW when’s Mitch going to change our colors to Orange & White? I heard that was mid 2016 like 8 months ago.

  4. Billy Hill
    1:23 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

    Stadium looks great! I’m excited for the season to start!

    • GroundControlToNumber9
      2:08 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

      Hey Mitch, glad to see you up this late. Good job with the ‘K’.

      Do you think you could bend my dick down like that?

    • Billy Hill
      2:28 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

      Pervert creep

  5. GroundControlToNumber9
    2:06 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

    I count 6 wins (covered with Vegas stardust)…

    Southern Miss, NMSt, USCocks, Vandy, Mizzou, Austin Peay

    Basically win every home game but Miss St & Georgia & take Missouri right in the middle of the crime scene (where blacks took ownership of their campus).

    Kentucky vs Southern Miss   Sept 3 (Saturday) – 7:30 PM ET   ESPN
    Kentucky @ Florida   Sept 10 (Saturday) – 3:30 PM ET   CBS
    Kentucky vs New Mexico St.   Sept 17 (Saturday) – 4:00 PM ET   PBS
    Kentucky vs South Carolina   Sept 24 (Saturday) – TBD   PBS
    Kentucky @ Alabama   Oct 1 (Saturday) – TBD   Al Jazerra
    Kentucky vs Vanderbilt   Oct 8 (Saturday) – TBD   PBS
    Kentucky vs Miss St.   Oct 22 (Saturday) – TBD   PBS
    Kentucky @ Missouri   Oct 29 (Saturday) – TBD   PBS
    Kentucky vs Georgia   Nov 5 (Saturday) – TBD   PBS
    Kentucky @ Tennessee   Nov 12 (Saturday) – TBD   PBS
    Kentucky vs Austin Peay   Nov 19 (Saturday) – TBD   PBS
    Kentucky @ Louisville   Nov 26 (Saturday) – TBD   PBS

    • Billy Hill
      2:24 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

      Wow, not only are you an idiot, you’re a racist piece of shit.

    • Tater
      7:39 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

      Racist or not …. that is exactly what happened. Don’t hide from the true!

    • Tater
      7:40 am June 28, 2016 Permalink


  6. GroundControlToNumber9
    2:49 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

    Oh… do you use a term other than black?

    • Billy Hill
      2:57 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

      Yeah, ‘people’.

    • GroundControlToNumber9
      3:26 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

      OK… let me fix that then…

      Basically win every home game but Miss St & Georgia & take Missouri right in the middle of the crime scene (where black ‘people’ took ownership of their campus).

  7. GroundControlToNumber9
    3:34 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

    Where black ‘people’ dry-humped the white regressive left for a couple of hours.

    Is that better Mitch?

  8. Tater
    7:36 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

    It is spelled “FUSSBALL” translated from German to English “FOOTBALL”

  9. FBI Informant
    7:41 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

    $6mil for Wifi???

    I’m in the tech business and that’s absurd. It’s shouldn’t cost even $1Mil. He’s making excuses again.

  10. Elwood BLU
    8:55 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

    Good grief, football is my favorite sport to follow at UK and the comments I read after most football articles are the worst. I get it, UK has let some opportunities get away the last couple of years and the Joker era was tough after Brooks left. BUT, the stadium is looking great, the facility upgrades will pay off in the long run, we have some really talented young guys and I fully support coach Stoops. I hardly ever go to Rupp but I go to every game I can at CWS.

  11. ClutchCargo
    10:14 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

    Ground control is out of control. I agree with Elwood BLU.

  12. BluKudzu
    12:46 pm June 28, 2016 Permalink

    27th highest paid coach of 128. Is that based on yearly salary, or does include guaranteed money? Add the $12,000,000.00 to his total, in the event he should be fired after this season, should put him in the top 3-4 easily.
    If you weight that by wins, Stoops has to be in the top 5.

    Regarding the 6 million for WiFi, I absolutely believe it. I can see Barnhart willing to pay $6,000,000.00. I mean look how much he has paid for 12 wins against nobody in 3 years.

    I get the frustration.

    Someone somewhere has got to ask the question on the strategy utilized by Barnhart to build a program, in the SEC, the greatest college football conference of all time. Doing this with two guys that have never been a head coach, never have had any experience in building a program, then place them both in the toughest conference. One had zero support, the other has had money just thrown at him, and essentially, both have had the same results: losing seasons. Clearly this has not worked. The mismanagement of money is crazy.

    If UK is not improved dramatically this year, and I am not talking some 6-6 loser bowl, Somebody needs to go. I doubt it would be Stoops due to his contract value, but Barnhart might be. The next AD could start to work on a transition strategy to fire Stoops before Stoop’s last year, and get a real coach, with program building experience, and a proven record against top notch competition.

    Why not?

    • GroundControlToNumber9
      3:20 pm June 28, 2016 Permalink

      BluKudzu – Great point.

      Barnhart serious has hired 2 football coaches in a row with 0 head coaching experience. As a strategy for football in the SEC. <– Read this over about 3 times.

      The end result is Dr. Eli Capilouto and the Board are looking less like qualified decision makers and more like completely out of their league division 2 school fill-ins.

      No AD survives this… unless no one is showing up to work.

    • Billy Hill
      7:52 pm June 28, 2016 Permalink

      GroundControl never names a coach he thinks is fitting for the job…….. There’s a reason. 🙂

    • GroundControlToNumber9
      12:18 am June 29, 2016 Permalink

      Billy Boy – You’re detective work should be provided on a fee only basis.

      Every time the job came open I named my list and the best pick. Every time.

      But since you finally decided to get internet at your house instead of going to the library I will excuse you from not seeing those posts on this website.

  13. bcat
    12:54 pm June 28, 2016 Permalink

    Nope. Football excitement and hype has to be earned on the field from now on.

  14. satcheluk
    1:14 pm June 28, 2016 Permalink

    It’s too bad more of the average fans don’t comment. Reading the comments here would make you think our football team is trending down.Some people are just angry.

  15. GroundControlToNumber9
    4:01 pm June 28, 2016 Permalink

    “It would have worked if people would have just given it more time.”

    – Mitch Barnhart (After 14 years of fail).

    Football Record (3 Coaches) ———————
    Coach   Years   Record   SEC Record
    Rich Brooks (7 Seasons)   39-47 (45%)   16-39 (41%)
    Joker Phillips (3 Seasons)   13-24 (35%)   4-20 (20%)
    Mark Stoops (3 Seasons)   12-24 (33%)   4-20 (20%)

    Totals         64-95 (40%)   24-79 (30%)

    Not including Guy Morriss last year (7-5, 3-5) in Barnhart’s numbers. He wasn’t Mitch’s guy & was removed in 2002.

    • Elwood BLU
      4:40 pm June 28, 2016 Permalink

      So you think Rich Brooks was a failure as a coach? I certainly do not think that. Guy was not removed, he left for Texas. Stoops will put a solid team on the field this year and will have a deeper talented team to compete in 2017. I just want us to be a middle of the road SEC football team that can compete and I think we will get there in 2017 and 2018.

    • GroundControlToNumber9
      4:54 pm June 28, 2016 Permalink

      1. Rich Brooks record speaks for itself. Not 1 winning season in the SEC (7 tries).
        2003   Kentucky   4—8   1—7   T—5th (Eastern)
        2004   Kentucky   2—9   1—7   T—5th (Eastern)
        2005   Kentucky   3—8   2—6   6th (Eastern)
        2006   Kentucky   8—5   4—4   T—3rd (Eastern)
        2007   Kentucky   8—5   3—5   T—4th (Eastern)
        2008   Kentucky   7—6   2—6   6th (Eastern)
        2009   Kentucky   7—6   3—5   T—4th (Eastern)

        What you’re saying is just a repeat of what you’ve been sold by Mitch. The decent years (2006 & 2007) were failures in the SEC. BTW, going 50% isn’t “good”.

      2. Guy Morris was removed. You’re revisionist history doesn’t serve a factual conversation. His contract was not renewed. He left after that happened (we’ll no shit)..

    • catdaddyd
      6:31 pm June 28, 2016 Permalink

      Don’t forget, that when Brooks came they bought out several teams to play a watered down schedule

    • Billy Hill
      7:50 pm June 28, 2016 Permalink

      You can’t please the miserable, nor ague with idiots, Elwood. These fools are a lost cause. Let them wallow in their own negativity.

  16. BluKudzu
    8:12 pm June 28, 2016 Permalink

    Billy Hill is a kool aid drinkeming moron.

    • GroundControlToNumber9
      8:44 pm June 28, 2016 Permalink

      There are 2 people who want Barnhart to keep his job.

      1. Mitch Barnhart
      2. Mark Stoops

      Billy Hill is a fake account. Unwilling to honor simple numbers. The record.

      So either “Billy Hill’ is Mitch or someone getting paid to divert attention from this topic. Since Mitch’s budget is enormous and he overspends on everything ($80K to jack up our Power K) we are left to conclude that ‘Billy Hill’ is a plant or Mitch. One of the 2.

      I seriously don’t think Mark is that big of a db. He knows what has to happen this year.

      But for someone to act as if everything said here isn’t face value… is attempting to deceive the people they know can see it.

    • scorpiocard
      5:54 pm June 29, 2016 Permalink

      LMAO!!! UK has some weird ass fans.