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Governor Bevin approves $21 million for an expanded athletics eating facility (not the Wildcat Lodge)

Blazer Hall, the site of the current athletics cafeteria on the north side of campus

Last night, Governor Bevin approved a $21 million proposal from UK to renovate, expand, and improve the Wildcat Coal Lodge, which led to some confusion because the Lodge is already really nice, right? If you listened to today’s show, you heard Matt clarify the situation. Here’s what we’ve heard.

Because of some twisted state funding laws, UK must ask for permission from the Kentucky government to spend its own money when it’s in excess of $600,000, which is kind of a hassle when you consider that UK is the only school in the SEC that has to do this. Regardless, while the proposal referenced upgrades to the Lodge, the $21 million will actually be spent on an expanded eating facility for all athletes on the north side of campus, a necessity since Blazer Hall, a dormitory that also houses a cafeteria for athletes, will be torn down once the new student center is completed in 2018.

Also of note: UK asked for funding for a new baseball stadium, but that was apparently turned down by the governor, a shame because that’s one of the few facilities in which UK kind of lags behind when compared to the rest of the league.

Nick will be by with more details about some other items approved in the budget proposal here in a bit.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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7 Comments for Governor Bevin approves $21 million for an expanded athletics eating facility (not the Wildcat Lodge)

  1. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    2:26 pm January 27, 2016 Permalink

    Thank you for clarifying this.

  2. WildcatSteeler
    2:36 pm January 27, 2016 Permalink

    Getting a Con governor to approve government funding for anything related to education will be an impossibility. In fact it’s more likely you’ll see cuts. So he can lower the tax rate on the top 2% and any corporations in the state. They want the people ignorant and uneducated because that’s the only way they can get elected. Is it a coincidence that the backward, lowest-education-rates South is all red states?

    • Sentient Third Eye
      3:28 pm January 27, 2016 Permalink

      Who has almost completely controlled the state of Kentucky for well over a century, making unthinkable corruption the normal state of operations and total ineffectiveness the only thing Kentuckians have come expect from Frankfort? Not Republicans. Who created the nightmarish pension crisis? Again, not Republicans. Is it a coincidence that Progressives always melt away when presented with the tragic facts of their record?

    • chimichanga
      4:39 pm January 27, 2016 Permalink

      Kentucky democrats would be moderate Republicans in almost any state outside of the deep south. Name me one “progressive” Kentucky governor and I will give you a million dollars. Hell, make it a billion.

  3. msnthrop
    5:00 pm January 27, 2016 Permalink

    Expect a 7% tuition increase this year, and another next year if your a college student in Kentucky…still a good deal if your careful about choosing your major. Of note though, diesel mechs, plumbers, some HVAC guys, welders in the right industry, all make more money than college grads.

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    7:22 pm January 27, 2016 Permalink