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Major Changes To Expect At Kroger Field

Get your Plus Cards ready because we’re going Krogering!

Today the University of Kentucky announced a partnership with Kroger that includes the renaming of Commonwealth Stadium to Kroger Field. The change is effective IMMEDIATELY so throw out any of those old Commonwealth t-shirts and posters because those days are dead. This is Kroger’s world now, Big Blue Nation.

Many of the details of the deal and the rename were made public during the Monday afternoon press conference in Lexington, but tonight I’m going to share with you a couple of the changes that were not mentioned.

Expect these major changes to your Kentucky football experience beginning this fall…


Aprons and name tags for the coaching staff


As is the case with all Kroger employees, Mark Stoops and his staff will be written up each time they come to work without their aprons and name tags. Two aprons and two name tags will be provided in orientation; any additional aprons and name tags must be purchased and the cost will be taken out of their paycheck.


Coinstar kiosks at every gate


Kroger’s fancy coin-counting machines will be conveniently located at the ramp of each gate throughout Kroger Field. Fans who dump their jars of loose change into the Coinstar kiosks can either (a) donate their coins to the K-Fund or (b) convert their coins to cash tickets, redeemable at any concession stand.

An 11.9% fee applies to all cash conversions.


U-Scan concession stands


Kroger’s U-Scan self-checkout process will be available throughout Kroger Field for all food and drink purchases; although, fans can expect to miss entire possessions of the football game while waiting for the one U-Scan attendant to address any of those frustrating malfunctions with the scale and/or product barcodes.

High school kids will still be available behind the counters for those fans who prefer face-to-face transactions and human interaction.


Kroger Fuel parking lot stations


There will be a decline in parking spaces in the lots surrounding Kroger Field as Kroger plans to open three news Kroger Fuel stations. Plans are in place to install pumps in the Red, Blue and Green lots.

UK season ticket holders will receive a 30 cent discount on each game day fill-up up to 25 gallons.


Full grocery integration aisle

By the time of full completion in Fall 2018, the new Kroger Field will be a fully functional grocery store and football stadium, the first of its kind. The final layout is still in the design phase, but imagine the players taking the field through the frozen food aisle, beneath the Kroger Field Pharmacy.

Change the game!

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

16 Comments for Major Changes To Expect At Kroger Field

  1. catsarerunnin
    7:52 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

    Well Kroger does sell really good ground beef for those world famous “DrewBurgers”.

  2. bigkat
    7:56 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

    A+++ pchopping, bro!!!


  3. BigBlueSkyDog
    8:02 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

    Yeah, but what are they going to do with the pee troughs in the men’s room?

  4. Mrowkoob667
    10:44 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

    Those fancy coin machines, bravo

  5. KYcats11
    11:10 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

    If they couldn’t stand having it CWS anymore for whatever reason, I would at least support a local company partnership, but kroger? HELL NO. I refuse to call it that.

  6. winagain1
    12:27 am May 2, 2017 Permalink

    Ok, the last picture with the freezers on each side… that did it. Takes the cake. Nice job, got an honest chuckle from a tired me

  7. BiasedBigfoot
    3:52 am May 2, 2017 Permalink

    I feel guilty for laughing.

  8. nicky
    6:28 am May 2, 2017 Permalink

    Well done Drew

  9. Blue_Cat75
    7:31 am May 2, 2017 Permalink

    Pure gold, Drew. Bravo!

  10. Howdy Doody
    9:19 am May 2, 2017 Permalink

    Should have held out for “Tidy Cat Field” or “The Kat Box”

    Man, corporate sell outs just like YUM and Papa Crap Pizza….


  11. WinstonBennettFan
    10:04 am May 2, 2017 Permalink

    Those are awesome!!!!! Love Coach in his “Blue Apron”

  12. wudro
    10:49 am May 2, 2017 Permalink

    Although the new name does provides a good laugh at both Kroger and UK’s expense, the true irony is that the name Commonwealth Stadium was replaced at all. The word Commonwealth refers to “the common well” or for the common good. It dates back to the days of colonies and the granting of land. I am sure that tax payers were responsible for both the construction and renovation of this facility over the past few decades. The name Commonwealth Stadium is a tribute those who’s tax dollars made the stadium possible. An act of progress, funded by the common man, for the common good, and named accordingly, Commonwealth Stadium. I am saddened that UK would so quickly remove a name that honors those who truly made the entire thing possible.

  13. Doughboy4UK
    11:25 am May 2, 2017 Permalink

    What? No Lottery Ticket Machines?

  14. SalsaKat
    4:53 pm May 2, 2017 Permalink

    Am I the only one that seriously thinks some of these ideas are legitimately good? Like the self-checkout concessions and the gas pumps in the parking lot (for when your tank runs out waiting in traffic to leave)?

  15. AJBlue
    5:09 pm May 2, 2017 Permalink

    I just can’t wait to hear our PA announcer say, “CLEAN UP ON AISLE 15!” after Kash Daniel crushes some guy on a kick return.

  16. M.T.Pockets
    7:05 am May 3, 2017 Permalink

    @ catsrrunning,

    you might want to rethink that fresh ground beef comment, a kroger meat manager told me they get their beef from uraguay now. and that fresh ground beef is 90 days old when it gets here. they do have some ground in store burger, but not a lot. and a heads up to all, the feds have approved a provision allowing hearts and tongue to be added to ground beef. so I only buy ground in-store or chuck.