A full slate of sporting events for Labor Day weekend has rearranged the sports calendar across the Commonwealth.
Outside of spring practice, the coronavirus pandemic has yet to officially alter the college football season. The latest recommendations by the D-I Football Oversight Committee call for teams to begin practicing the first week of August, giving programs enough time to prepare for season openers scheduled for the first week of September. This year college football isn’t the only show in town that weekend.
The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby is set to take place Sept. 5. Instead of competing against the fastest two minutes in sports, Western Kentucky announced they have moved their season-opening football game against UT-Chattanooga in Bowling Green to Thursday, Sept. 3.
The University of Louisville is currently scheduled to host N.C. State on the same date. However, Cardinal Stadium is a block away from Churchill Downs. The word around town is that UofL is in the process of trying to move their opening game to Sept. 2 to avoid a conflict with the racetrack that typically hosts more than 50,000 people for “Thurby.”
About 90 miles down the road the University of Kentucky is still scheduled to open the season against Eastern Michigan on Sept. 5. UK’s administration could avoid the Derby Day conflict by moving the game up a day or two, but will it happen? Time is ticking.