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Report: Commonwealth Stadium will be renamed “Kroger Field”

About an hour ago, UK sent out a notice about a press conference at 1 p.m. to announce a major corporate partnership, and since then, rumors have started to spread on Twitter about what it could be. By now, it’s common knowledge that the press conference will be related to the naming rights of Commonwealth Stadium, and according to Patrick Loney — who first broke news of corporate naming rights a few weeks back — says the stadium will be renamed Kroger Field:

Well, alright. Let’s go Krogering.

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65 Comments for Report: Commonwealth Stadium will be renamed “Kroger Field”

  1. Brian in Franklin
    10:33 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

    The co-founder of the website BigBlueBanter who Matt all but mocked last week.

    • Mathlete
      10:35 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

      In fairness, who had heard of BigBlueBanter before Matt called them out? They’re nobodies right now, maybe someday they’ll be on the same level as some of the other major sites but they’re nowhere near it yet

    • CatsFan4Life
      10:36 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

      He had more important things going on. Like figuring out if Goonies is better than Top Gun.

  2. Cousins Fake Tooth
    10:35 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

    Ugh I hate Kroger as it is. Way overpriced on almost everything.

    • cjruk1
      10:42 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

      Way better than Walmart though.

    • stoopstroops
      10:44 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

      If the Kroge is way over-priced, can you please tell me where you do your grocery shopping???

    • bluetide
      12:11 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

      Trader Joe’s is the best BY FAR. Lucky’s Market for our meats tho or Kingsley’s if we get over that way on a weekend.

  3. Hartline
    10:35 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

    The Commonwealth logo is huge. I do wonder how they’ll replace it

  4. ClutchCargo
    10:36 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

    “And that’s another Kroger sack! Yeah, Tom, put that one in the bagging area, baby!!”

  5. Kyreds
    10:43 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

    Stupid name Kroger! They can now get a can of corn 10 for $10 at the concession stand! Should of gave it a litter more time so Papa John could of bid on it!

    • stoopstroops
      10:46 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

      We, as a fanbase and University, call UofL our little brother all the time, Do you really want their hand-me-down sponsorship in Lexington???

  6. Matteo
    10:45 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

    They should just call it Kroger Field Commonwealth Stadium aka KFC Stadium. You can get a double sponsor

    • InigoMontoya
      1:37 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

      “Kentucky Fried Stadium” would have been great.

  7. RackEmWillie
    10:45 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

    Not Kroger Stadium?

    I really hate the naming rights to things like this, nothing sounds creative or original anymore.

  8. kentuckyrld
    10:46 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

    No thanks.

  9. Sentient Third Eye
    10:47 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

    No chance of a “Commonwealth Stadium brought to you by Kroger”?

    The only thing I hate about Kroger is that it ought to be pronounced like Roger, but it’s not. That’s a sign of demonic forces or something.

  10. Sentient Third Eye
    10:49 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

    So will we have a “CM Newton Field” that is inside “Kroger Field” now?

    • SalsaKat
      10:55 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

      I”m hoping it’s “Kroger Field at Commonwealth Stadium”. CM Newton has no business having his name on anything football related and I’d infinitely prefer a corporate name to a basketball AD who did everything he could to let football wither and die.

      Probably would still refer to it as “Kroger Field” though for marketing reasons, kind of how Mississippi State refers to their facility as “Davis Wade Stadium” even though it was known as Scott Field for decades and is still technically “Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field”.

  11. stoopstroops
    10:49 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

    I dislike that the name will be changed, but money is everything. It will help us recruit better players, keep better coaching, and have the best facilities. Teams with the most money often correlates with the amount of wins. i.e. Kentucky Basketball

  12. UK1983
    10:51 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

    the athletic association does not have enough damn money – they have to sell out to Kroger?
    Maybe an audit of where it all goes is in order. i suspect salaries for the genius who came up with this is a big part of it.

    • ClutchCargo
      11:36 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

      It gets audited every year, just like all the other universities.

    • PillsburyThrowboy
      11:38 am May 1, 2017 Permalink


      UK Athletics has a brand new soccer stadium, softball stadium, track field/stadium, renovated football stadium, new football facility, state-of-the-art basketball locker rooms and a baseball stadium in the works.

      On top of this, you have coaching salaries, player living and medical costs, equipment, etc.

      You are worried where the money is? I think it’s pretty obvious, it’s going back to everyone involved in the athletic department.

    • UK1983
      11:45 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

      have you counted the MILLIONS that come in from so many sources – and we have a bunch of “administrators” running that corporation? this is a situation where no one has an incentive to save – i dare say there is a lot of /opportunity for waste.
      having said that, it’s not my problem. Go name everything. who really gives a sh– as long as they win.

    • PillsburyThrowboy
      11:49 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

      MILLIONS comes in from many sources and everything I just named costs MILLIONS every year.

    • theWilkman
      11:53 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

      Matt has already talked about this multiple times on-air but here you go:

      JMI paid UK athletics millions in their last deal for the right to sell naming rights. UK has already received this money. Whatever money comes from Kroger goes to JMI, not UK. So, unfortunately for your argument, no money from this deal goes to anyone’s salary at UK.

    • UKBlue1982
      11:59 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

      The naming rights money goes to JMI, who purchased the rights to shop it from UK.

  13. Sentient Third Eye
    10:53 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

    I guess it’s better than Yum! Field….

  14. kykats
    11:01 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

    Can’t believe the negativity of our fans. Uk should have done this decades ago. Getting sponsorship for more cash is absolutely necessary in today’s sports. Let’s all support Kroger and congratulate MB for finally getting off hid butt on this. I’m going krogering today!!!

    • grofacekillah
      11:18 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

      Apparently not necessary enough for any other SEC program to sell corporate naming rights to their fball stadium (and only one bball arena, USC).

    • Eazy
      3:29 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

      Florida basketball sold the naming rights to their arena. And they’ve had more success in basketball than we have in football.

    • PillsburyThrowboy
      11:44 am May 1, 2017 Permalink


      We are behind every other SEC program outside of Vanderbilt and Miss State. We have to catch up somehow.

    • Eazy
      3:14 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

      We are ahead of Missouri too. And we obviously dominate basketball. In overall sports we are now ahead of almost every school now. #8 in the directors cup. Only Florida is ahead of us. And we are top 15 in revenue nationally.

    • grofacekillah
      11:57 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

      @ pillsburythrowboy

      We are wasting our time talking about it because it is up to JMI (sold our soul, up to them). Either way it looks bush league.

    • Booby Petrino
      11:59 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

      Funny how when it comes to sponsorship we need to be like other SEC schools and pass on the money. But when it comes to rewarding our players with rings even for just making a bowl like other SEC schools do, we need to act like we’re better than them and not buy rings. It’s like fans think we’re some football powerhouse now lol

    • Eazy
      3:33 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

      UK is only going to get better too. Just look at the new facilities all around. We are a top 10 athletics program nationally and passing by most SEC schools. I don’t have a problem with the name.

  15. rickshelton
    11:04 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

    I’m good with Kroger Field… coulda been named after Alltech or Corman Field. Big Ass Fan Field would have been a little interesting.

    • RackEmWillie
      11:29 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

      Could have added just an insane amount of seating and called it Big Ass Stadium.

  16. Kyblue34
    11:06 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

    Sounds like they put a lot of time and effort in coming up with that name. Yikes! I just can’t see myself saying to someone – “Yeah, I’m headed over to Kroger Field for the game today.” Can we not at least make a little more descriptive and throw in the word Kentucky, Wildcat, or Cats, or something?

  17. Look Out Fireworks
    11:15 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

    Sad day for Kentucky football.

    Corporate names take away the nostalgia of amateur athletics. I’ve always been proud that U.K. has had stadiums named for someone that really meant something to Kentucky. That is part of why I was glad they decided to remodel Rupp Arena instead of building a new arena. What would it have been named then? Rupp Arena and Commonwealth Stadium stand on the history of great programs and a great state! Our courts, fields, arenas, and stadiums all are named for our strong history.

    I guess it’s always better than the KFC YUM! Center…

    • bluetide
      12:15 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

      The KFC YUM Center name sucks, but that arena is in-freaking-credible. We have GOT to get Rupp up to snuff BADLY. Getting rid of Big Bertha was a start.

  18. sincitycat
    11:16 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

    If it has to be renamed: Bear Bryant Stadium

    • Sentient Third Eye
      11:26 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

      As a concession, how about “Bear Bryant Field at Kroger Commonwealth Stadium”. Kroger would make a lot of customers happy if they insisted on this tweak. I’m sure their PR people are reading KSR to gauge reaction, too…

  19. BiasedBigfoot
    11:28 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

    Now all of us UofK fans can cheer in Kroger’s Field.

  20. serdi
    11:35 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

    We had Stoll Field at McLean Stadium

    We can have Kroger Field at Commonwealth Stadium

  21. abgunz
    11:40 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

    Kroger Simple Truth Stadium

    • ClutchCargo
      11:43 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

      They can now change the name of the private suites to Private Selection Suites.

  22. t_f_licker
    11:41 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

    Too bad there’s no Winn Dixie’s around here.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      11:47 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

      Since grocers are buying rights now, I’m glad we don’t have a Piggly Wiggly. Imagine if it had been them instead of Kroger. (Shudder)

  23. ClutchCargo
    11:42 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

    Bitching about the name on the stadium is about as silly as getting all worked up about the uniforms. I couldn’t care less about any of that stuff, but that’s just me.

  24. scwhite9
    11:45 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

    I am horrified that UK felt they needed money so badly that they would sell the naming rights to any one. Who knew about this? Who decided it was okay? Why in the world would they do this?
    Was this bid on? by how many others?

    • Sentient Third Eye
      11:48 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

      The football program more than pays for itself, but maybe this will increase the money given to the unprofitable sports. Will this money help to finance the new baseball stadium, or example?

    • theWilkman
      11:56 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

      According to Matt, UK gets none of this money. They already were paid by JMI for the rights to name it in the previous deal. We have already benefitted from this financially.

    • Eazy
      3:17 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

      UK is a top 15 revenue program. They don’t need the money. It’s going to JMI.

  25. katmandue2you
    11:57 am May 1, 2017 Permalink

    Hell, i kinda like the sound of Sam’s Ball Field! But i have to say… t_f_licker I would’ve thought you’d go with Publicks Field! Or we could’ve struck a deal with Field Meats and just had Field Field!! But Kroger??? Hell at least KMart has a Blue Light Special…they coulda come back and surpassed Walmart on the backs of the BBN!!!

    • bluetide
      12:17 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

      You think ANY of those you said have the $$$ to slap their name on the stadium?!

  26. marrswfm
    12:17 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

    Marrs Trimworks Stadium

  27. catsarerunnin
    12:20 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

    Do I get Kroger fuel points by buying tickets,concessions,etc?? If so I’m all in….

  28. Harlanian
    12:23 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink


  29. coolclay
    1:12 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

  30. BluKudzu
    1:12 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

    I was worried it was going to be called “Purnell’s Old Folks Country Sausage” and after every made field goal or extra point, you would hear AL Purnell over the loud speakers say “It’s gooooooood”.

  31. foamfinger
    1:14 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

    What’s the word on how long the naming rights will last? Personally, I don’t mind it and most everyone will keep calling it Commonwealth Stadium, so what’s the harm in that? If you got paid $10 million+ to change your first name for 10 years, you know you would go around being called just about anything. It makes financial sense, and as long as the Athletics Department continues to send money to the school (2/3 of the total cost of the new science building) and doesn’t get engaged in questionable financial activities (YUM! Center), we should continue to be thankful that athletics isn’t a drain on taxpayer money in KY.

    But that only holds is the debt levels incurred by so much construction isn’t crazy high. Anybody have any figures on that? Just on the Athletics side, not the University finances.

    • jaws2
      1:45 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

      UK gets zero for the naming rights, it goes to JMI. UK sold it’s soul to them a couple of years ago.

  32. KYcats11
    3:19 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

    f this shit

  33. satcheluk
    10:18 am May 2, 2017 Permalink

    Bah humbug, get off my lawn!