Commonwealth Stadium History
The SEC is the toughest, nastiest conference in all of college football, with it's
teams appearing up and down college football's Top 25. The Kentucky Wildcats, led by Coach Mark Stoops, know this as well
as anyone. Their schedule is among the hardest in the sport every year. The Wildcats fans pack Commonwealth Stadium for every
home game to cheer their team on against some of the best in the sport. Commonwealth Stadium first opened in 1973, replacing
Stoll Field/McLean Stadium, which had been the home of the team for 48 years. Commonwealth Stadium has seen incredible attendance
numbers since it opened, proving that the Kentucky Wildcat fanbase is one of the most passionate in all of college football.
The stadium has undergone some important renovations since it first opened, including enclosing both end zones in 1999 and
upgrading the audio visual equipment in 2011. The seating of Commonwealth Stadium has steadily increased since 1973, going
from 58,000 fans when it opened in 1973, to as high as 68,000, down to 61,000 fans in 2015 when the current $110 million renovation
is complete. The new and improved Commonwealth Stadium will feature new suites, concourses, press box and club seats.
Commonwealth Stadium Events
The Kentucky Wildcats are one of the original members of the SEC, one of the fiercest
in all of college football. This storied program has been a part of some of the conference's most exciting games, with many
played at their current home, Commonwealth Stadium. The Wildcats welcome some of the toughest foes in the game to the revamped
stadium every year, as members of the SEC Eastern Division, where they play teams like the Georgia Bulldogs, Florida Gators,
South Carolina Gamecocks and Tennessee Volunteers every season. The 2014 season is full of exciting matchups up and down the
schedule including visits from Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi State that are sure to pack Commonwealth
Stadium with screaming Wildcats fans, who are as passionate as any fans in the country.
Kentucky is home to some of the most exciting sporting events in the world. Known as "The Horse Capital of the World", Lexington
is the site of the world famous Kentucky Horse Park, home to some of the most exquisite Thoroughbred horses in the world.
This 1,200 acre park is the dedicated to the love of horses, horses of all different breeds and sizes. Whether you are an
equestrian or just interested in seeing the spectacular Bluegrass farmland, the Kentucky Horse Park is some of the most gorgeous
land you'll ever see. Lexington, Kentucky is also the perfect place to visit for any bourbon connoisseur, as Lexington is
in the thick of the birthplace of the beloved spirit.
Commonwealth Stadium Seating Layout
Stadium, the iconic home of the Kentucky Wildcats, is currently undergoing a massive renovation that will cut the overall
capacity of the stadium, while enhancing the fans gameday experience by adding suites, club seats and roomy concourses. When
the 2015 season begins, Commonwealth Stadium will be ready to blow Wildcats fans away.
Commonwealth Stadium Trivia
game played at Commonwealth Stadium is tied for the longest game in NCAA Football history?
The November 1, 2003 clash
between the Wildcats and the visiting Arkansas Razorbacks took seven overtimes to complete, with Arkansas ultimately prevailing
by a final score of 71-63.