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Kentucky’s 2019 game vs. Eastern Michigan will now be played in Lexington

Remember that random road game Kentucky was supposed to play next season at Eastern Michigan? Turns out it’s going to be played in Lexington instead.

Sources tell KSR that after a request from Eastern Michigan, Kentucky bought out the game and it will be played at Kroger Field on September 7, 2019. While the price of the game is unknown, we do know the request was made due to budget restructuring in the Eagles’ athletic department.

While you may have had your heart set on a road trip to Ypsilanti, this is very good news, especially since the Eagles nearly upset the Cats at Kroger Field a year ago. That’ll make for at least two straight home games to start the season after the opener vs. Toledo on August 31 and eight home games total. Giggity.

UPDATE: Derek Terry spoke to Eastern Michigan associate AD for media relations Greg Steiner, who said Kentucky will pay the Eagles $800,000 for the 2019 game and additional compensation for the 2020 game in Lexington.


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2 Comments for Kentucky’s 2019 game vs. Eastern Michigan will now be played in Lexington

  1. RackEmWillie
    9:07 am August 16, 2018 Permalink

    I get the reason behind it, but I actually kind of was looking forward to that trip. The furthest north I can ever remember UK playing would have been at IU. I was looking forward to that game.

    • ukcamel
      11:15 am August 16, 2018 Permalink

      Same here, and if it was the first game of the year over Labor Day Weekend, all the better.