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REPORT: Kentucky football planning on 20 percent fan attendance, 50 percent in suites

With just three weeks till the start of SEC football, Kentucky is one of just three schools in the conference with no attendance policy announced for the 2020 season.

Soon, though, UK will release its plans, and it’s going to include fans at Kroger Field this fall.

According to Justin Rowland of Cats Illustrated, Kentucky is planning to allow 20% general seating capacity, along with 50% in suites.

This plan would follow Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear’s approved plan for Louisville football games, which was announced on Sept. 3.

“It’s a 20% capacity with everybody spread out and only sitting next to family units,” Beshear said in his Thursday press briefing. “The university worked pretty well with us. They started out in a different place, but at the end of the day, the president Bendapudi called and said ‘We want to do this as safe as we can’ and they showed that commitment.”

Louisville originally proposed a plan for 30% capacity at Cardinal Stadium, which would have brought in roughly 18,000 fans. Now, UofL will host roughly 12,000 fans on game days.

Western Kentucky previously had its capacity plan approved by Beshear, which will also be 20%, good for roughly 5,000 fans per game.

Should Kentucky’s 20% plan be approved, as expected, 12,200 fans will be allowed to attend games at Kroger Field each week.

As of this week, here are the updated attendance numbers throughout the SEC:

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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19 Comments for REPORT: Kentucky football planning on 20 percent fan attendance, 50 percent in suites



  1. Catscats23
    4:23 pm September 5, 2020 Permalink

    So 50% in an enclosed space for the elites but us normal folks only get 20% in a wide open outdoor space. Got it.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      5:49 pm September 5, 2020 Permalink

      Exactly. That is bullcrap, just like the politicians who keep violating their own lockdown orders and justifying the riots while telling us we can’t go to church or eat out. No consistency.



    • bigblue98
      6:18 pm September 5, 2020 Permalink

      UK has always been about the elites when it comes to this, much more than other SEC schools. When took tour of the stadium few years back the tour guides said then the suites range in price from $60,000 to $120,000 per year, dependent on location. Knew they were going to do everything in their power to maximize that money, since those also have to make hefty donations to the K fund. They cater to the wealthy – I see that every year when they parade out the rich donors to the end zone and make some long winded speech that bores the hell out of the crowd. UK seems to do that more than others as have travelled to other various SEC stadiums.



    • michaelb
      7:00 pm September 5, 2020 Permalink

      Don’t panic , let this just be the starting point … more will come



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      12:41 pm September 6, 2020 Permalink

      I understand you have to accommodate big donors, but if 50% is considered safe in the suites, why is only 20% safe in the stands? I know some people won’t want to keep their distance, so 50% might be too much to control, but 20%?



    • UK_fac_boi
      1:13 pm September 6, 2020 Permalink

      All you guys do is cry. Get a job, or at least a more engaging one.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      3:48 pm September 6, 2020 Permalink

      I’m not crying UK Lie Boy. I’m talking about lack of consistency in applying what are presumably supposed to be the latest CDC guidelines. If they say 50% is safe in a suite, then that goes for the stands too (or have you forgotten that the main excuse for saying the protests and riots haven’t spread the virus is that they are outside? And that’s is a croc BTW).



    • katsrock
      4:03 pm September 6, 2020 Permalink

      Mitch: “Rules for thee, not for me.”

      What are the chances Mitch sits in the stands and not with the 50% suites?



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      9:08 pm September 6, 2020 Permalink

      I don’t fault Mitch for making the donors happy. Raising money is the AD’s job. It’s just that (in addition to no consistency on percentages of fans in suites v. Stands) it seems to me UK can make more money with more fans in the stands.



  2. peaches76
    4:26 pm September 5, 2020 Permalink

    I call BS on this plan. Makes as much sense as some of our other policies that are hitting it out of the park.



  3. Headhurts
    4:44 pm September 5, 2020 Permalink

    So when 12,200 walk in they lock the gates and yell “capacity” and everyone else goes home. Nice.



  4. bigblue98
    5:25 pm September 5, 2020 Permalink

    Guessing that will probably mean 9000 to 10000 actual fans. They have to provide at least 500 per SEC for opposing team. Also, have to add in tickets they will give to players for families, tickets for students, and then you have to ensure recruits and their guests can attend as have to still keep recruiting. I may be wrong, but figure about 20-25% of the tickets will go to those three groups.



    • Corder
      5:29 pm September 5, 2020 Permalink

      No they won’t. The plan I’m sure will be to maximize revenue and I bet they limit a lot of the families tickets to immediate family or just limit the amount they give out to two to three at best. Also a lot of the ones you described are not going to come as often as they would under normal circumstances.



  5. gobble gobble
    5:41 pm September 5, 2020 Permalink

    Mitch is an elitist



  6. michaelb
    6:58 pm September 5, 2020 Permalink

    Hey , before we get dusted up about this .. all this is subject to change one week to the next . Look at the big 10 .



  7. zoupman
    11:18 am September 6, 2020 Permalink

    50% in enclosed area, 20% in open? Mitch certainly caters to the wealthy. China virus has sure exposed a lot of hypocrisy in our state.



  8. rushman
    11:55 am September 6, 2020 Permalink

    Typical decision by the mental midget “Dandy” Beshear.



  9. jim tom
    12:00 pm September 6, 2020 Permalink

    The boy who would be king won’t allow it



  10. UK_fac_boi
    1:14 pm September 6, 2020 Permalink

    Y’all sad boys on this site haha.