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Commonwealth Stadium is NOT a Tough Place to Play


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.



[Bleacher Report]

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

11 Comments for Commonwealth Stadium is NOT a Tough Place to Play

  1. ronnie78
    8:29 pm May 23, 2016 Permalink

    Yeah it’s not surprising the two worst football programs have the worst environments. Actually I think Franklin had a winning SEC record a couple years ago which is something UK hasn’t had in over 30 years.

  2. david8577
    9:04 pm May 23, 2016 Permalink

    Ya think?

  3. Jaxson
    9:11 pm May 23, 2016 Permalink

    Not really disagreeing with the list, but its surprising to me that Texas A&M’s Kyle Field is largest stadium in the SEC but is ranked 9th.

  4. ukkatzfan
    9:40 pm May 23, 2016 Permalink

    “If you remove Vanderbilt’s sad, sorry stadium, the Cats are ranked dead last.” Following that logic, if we remove the top 12, we have the toughest stadium in the SEC to play in. My version of your logic > your version of your logic.

  5. easy
    9:42 pm May 23, 2016 Permalink

    We’re probably a good bit better than Missouri. Being better than Ole Miss and possibly MSU is about having a good team.

    That’s probably our ceiling unless we expand to 80k

  6. scorpiocard
    10:16 pm May 23, 2016 Permalink

    U of L vs uk in Cardinal Stadium East

    U of L 9 wins
    uk 4 wins

    That’s what you call ownership.

    • Eazy
      9:27 am May 24, 2016 Permalink

      UL has has our number in football of late, but they are only 5-4 vs. UK at Cardinal Stadium. And the overall series is tied at 14-14. Meanwhile, UK is 8-1 vs. UL in basketball in the Calipari era and 34-15 overall. That is what ownership really is. Nice try, though! #L1C8

    • scorpiocard
      10:46 am May 24, 2016 Permalink

      Of late??? Good one. Try since 1994.

      I love how you desperate cayut fans hang onto those wins from literally over 100 years ago, when Louisville was a little private municipal college. Why was uk even playing little bitty Louisville in those days?You know why the first time they played football was in 1912? Because it was the first year Louisville had ever fielded a team. You know why they stopped playing for several years after 1915? Because Louisville stopped fielding a team for several years because they did not have the money to field a team after 1916.

      Hanging on to wins since literally the leather helmet days when U of L was a tiny little private college LOL!

      Desperate is as desperate does. But hey! They do count! LOL!

      If you only knew how hard that makes us CARD fans laugh today.

    • TurnerTheBurner
      11:16 am May 24, 2016 Permalink

      I love that a card fan is coming to a UK site. I guess living in your mom’s basement is boring.

  7. Blueblueblueblue
    7:42 am May 24, 2016 Permalink

    So… maybe when you renovate a stadium, you shouldn’t decrease capacity? Huh. Who knew?

    • easy
      11:20 am May 24, 2016 Permalink

      Well no one came to any games after Brooks left. If our attendance patterns had been what they were the 20 years before that (that even if we’re 2-9 everyone shows up) then we could’ve expanded.

      It will now take 10 years of better attendance to talk about adding capacity.