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Football Time in the Bluegrass: Everything You Need to Know for UK’s Home-Opener vs. EKU

Heroes’ Day at Kroger Field

The first game of the 2017 season at Kroger Field will honor our Heroes.  All active and reserve members of the armed forces along with police, firefighters and first responders will receive a salute from the program and two complimentary tickets.  If you haven’t picked up your tickets yet, just bring a valid service ID to the ticket office between gates 9 and 10.

Thank you for all you do and thanks for coming to today’s game against EKU.

The Schedule

  • 8:00 — The KSR Pregame Show Starts in the Bluegrass RV Lot
  • 8:00 — UK Ticket office opens at Kroger Field for Heroes Day
  • 9:00 — Lextran Shuttle Begins
  • 9:45 — The first Cat Walk at Kroger Field
  • 10:00 — Countdown to Kickoff with Freddie Maggard and Christi Thomas
  • ~10:15 — A Pregame Concert after the Cat Walk with Walker Montgomery
  • 10:30 — Jacob Tamme joins the Countdown to Kickoff crew
  • 11:45 — Jordan Smith sings the National Anthem
  • Noon — Kickoff

How to Watch/Listen

Taylor Zarzour, Andrew Ware and Olivia Harlan are on the call for the SEC Network.  If you haven’t memorized where to find America’s favorite television channel…

  • Cable: 516, 517
  • AT&T UVerse: 607, 1607
  • DirecTV: 611
  • Dish: 408

If you’re stuck on the road and can’t watch, there are multiple ways to listen to Leach and Piecoro.

  • AM: 840 WHAS, 630 WLAP
  • FM: 98.1 WBUL
  • Satellite: XM-190 and Sirius-137
  • Online: iHeart Radio


Get to the Game with Lextran

If you don’t have a UK parking pass and don’t want to deal with traffic around Kroger Field, Lextran has you covered.  For just $1 each way, Lextran will take you to and from the stadium.  They will pick up customers at the Lexington Center, the Lexington Transit Center on Vine Street and at Chatham’s on the corner of Woodland and High.

The shuttle begins three hours before kickoff, resumes at the start of the fourth quarter and ends one hour after the game.  They’ll pick you up after the game at the corner of University and Complex Drive.  If that isn’t enough information, learn more here.

Clear Bags Only

Two things you must remember if you’re heading to today’s game: your tickets and your clear bag.  YOU CAN ONLY BRING IN CLEAR PLASTIC BAGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The SEC is taking a page from the NFL with a new league-wide clear bag policy.  Each fan will be permitted to carry one large clear bag — either a one-gallon Ziploc-style bag or a 12″ x 6″ x 12″ clear bag — plus a small clutch that does not exceed 4.5″ x 6.5″. The small clutch allows privacy for small personal items and is also easily searched.

Today’s Tale of the Tape

Priority Entry

In a rush to see the Cats and the Colonels? You can beat the crowd at Gate 6 with priority entry, thanks to UK’s partnership with Kroger.  Fans who bring canned goods for God’s Pantry will have access to priority lines and get into the stadium faster than anybody else.

Series History

The Cats have won all four matchups against the Colonels, starting when EKU traveled up I-75 to take on Tim Couch in 1998.  They almost got a victory at Commonwealth  two years ago, until Dorian Baker saved the day in overtime.

Try to Pronounce the name of EKU’s Punter

The Co-Specialist of the Week in the OVC and a preseason second team All-American, Eastern Kentucky’s punter has the most difficult name to pronounce I have ever seen.  He only has two vowels in his last name.  It will be fun to hear Freddie Maggard attempt to say “Keith Wrzuszczak.”

It’s actually not that complicated.  See the simple, correct pronunciation after the jump.

EKU’s Coach was a Vol

Dean Hood’s successor at EKU came to Richmond from Knoxville, Tennessee where he was the Vols’ tight ends coach and special teams coordinator for two seasons.  They say down there, “Vol for Life,” so I think it’s only appropriate to remind the BBN who exactly the Cats are facing.


—  The correct pronunciation for EKU punter Keith Wrzuszczak is “ROO-sack,” a name better suited for an edge rusher who was locks flowing out of the back of his helmet.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

3 Comments for Football Time in the Bluegrass: Everything You Need to Know for UK’s Home-Opener vs. EKU

  1. catsfan27
    8:55 am September 9, 2017 Permalink

    Nick, don’t know if it was your idea or someone else’s, but the how to watch/listen section is awesome. Luckily it is pretty easy this week and many others, but for times like last week, it is nice to have. Thanks!

  2. runningunnin.454
    8:56 am September 9, 2017 Permalink

    Didn’t catch your prediction!

  3. Reuben Cuban
    9:20 am September 9, 2017 Permalink

    LOVE that BAMA fan video in re, “I HATE Tennessee’! It LIVES, as it should! Continue the continue!