It’s no secret that Commonwealth Stadium isn’t the most intimidating place to play football. There have been nights where the noise becomes defeaning — Alabama in 1997, Louisville and LSU in 2007, South Carolina in 2014 — but those are not common occurrences.
OK, so the atmosphere isn’t the greatest, but how does Commonwealth Stadium compare to its SEC competition? Barrett Sallee of Bleacher Report doesn’t think the $120 million renovation will turn Commonwealth into a hostile environment.
The Wildcats haven’t won more than two SEC games at home in any single season since 2009–Rich Brooks’ last as the head coach of the program prior to the arrival of Joker Phillips. The lack of success of the Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium coupled with its relatively small size (by SEC standards) doesn’t give current head coach Mark Stoops much of a home-field advantage to work with.
How bad is it? If you remove Vanderbilt’s sad, sorry stadium, the Cats are ranked dead last.