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Barnhart: UK to allow 12,000 fans in Kroger Field

During UK’s September Board of Trustees meeting, Mitch Barnhart said he expects to have 12,000 fans in the stands for Kentucky football games this fall, pending final approval, while other fall sports will be restricted to family only.

“We can spread them out and it will look a little different,” Barnhart said of the football crowd, which will be required to wear masks.

Private suites will be limited to 10 seats and tailgating will not be permitted in the parking lots.

“That’s where we are and we’ll be working with our ticket holders in the next few days to unveil the opportunities for them to come be a part of our fan base in Kroger Field,” he said.

As for how the 12,000 fans will be decided, Barnhart said K Fund points will come into play.

“You get points for being a season ticket holder, how many tickets you hold, contributions to the University of Kentucky, all of those pieces,” he said.

Fans will then be split into groups and contacted by the ticket office and K Fund staff to determine which games they’ll attend and how they’ll be seated.

Again, this is all pending approval from the governor’s office, and said only to UK’s Board of Trustees in an open meeting.

To avoid mass panic, audio of Barnhart’s full response to the question regarding the fan selection process can be heard below:

Hear everything Barnhart said here:

Article written by Drew Franklin

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19 Comments for Barnhart: UK to allow 12,000 fans in Kroger Field

  1. Buffalo Cat
    4:41 pm September 10, 2020 Permalink

    No lottery, no chance for real fans to see a game live. Only fat-cats and donors.

  2. kykid16
    4:51 pm September 10, 2020 Permalink

    If I’m lucky enough to score tics, won’t have to fight traffic!

  3. 44stewart
    4:54 pm September 10, 2020 Permalink

    Those fat cats are mostly the ones saying they will not attend or support Uk any longer. So hopefully the their tickets will be available.

  4. Headhurts
    4:55 pm September 10, 2020 Permalink

    That’s fine so when can we expect to get our refund on tics and parking passes.

  5. kykid16
    4:57 pm September 10, 2020 Permalink

    UK should work out with TV so every game is televised for everyone to enjoy!

    • satcheluk
      5:15 pm September 10, 2020 Permalink

      All games are already televised. Every SEC game is on with CBS, ESPNs or SEC network.

    • kykid16
      6:05 pm September 10, 2020 Permalink

      Thanks, wasn’t aware all games are on TV!

  6. csnailnrun
    5:39 pm September 10, 2020 Permalink

    Too bad I didn’t think about this previously but if SECN has been playing UKF rewinds, the kind folks at KSR should make a public announcement. Granite if SECN has been running rewinds.

  7. gasman01
    6:50 pm September 10, 2020 Permalink

    I’ll take my refund please….

  8. east-ky-boy
    7:37 pm September 10, 2020 Permalink

    If it’s the bigger k fund donors then NO ONE will be there the second half. They all leave at halftime time or 3rd quarter no matter the score. Can’t fix stupid.

  9. sprtphan
    7:45 pm September 10, 2020 Permalink

    Guess it was my fault for thinking UK would give a crap about a 31 year season ticket holder who doesn’t make large donations.

    • bigblue98
      7:59 pm September 10, 2020 Permalink

      Hopefully you get tickets. Figure a lot will opt out and roll to next year. With you having tickets for 31 years guessing you may have a lot of points as compared to other season ticket holders. Good luck.

    • Corder
      9:14 pm September 10, 2020 Permalink

      Years matter some but not a lot. All about donations. That’s the sad part. Loyalty doesn’t mean nothing compared to money in Kentucky’s eyes.

    • Corder
      9:15 pm September 10, 2020 Permalink

      That’s why everyone needs to remember this come next time when they raise the prices on tickets and expect donations even after paying for season tickets. Not really a donation when you’re forced to pay it.

  10. BowdenQB4ever
    10:58 pm September 10, 2020 Permalink

    @corder I’m with you. They’ve spent like drunken sailors the last 2 decades and largely priced out the common fan to do so. Now they’re going to be hurting and I will have ZERO sympathy.

  11. ukcamel
    9:29 am September 11, 2020 Permalink

    Did any of you Bolsheviks actually go to UK? If you did you must have slept through or not taken Gail Hoyt’s Econ 201 class. UK is a nonprofit but it isn’t a charity, comrades. If you want tickets, work harder or make the necessary sacrifices to purchase them. That you refuse to and want to whine instead will get you no sympathy.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      11:19 am September 11, 2020 Permalink

      I’m as big a free market guy as any, but there is no doubt they’ve priced the average fan out of the game, and that’s not a good thing long term IMO.

  12. Memphis UK Cat
    10:37 am September 11, 2020 Permalink

    Exactly and big money is what gets us the facilities to compete in the SEC. Marist crap don’t build championships!