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Renovations announced for ‘more intimate’ Commonwealth Stadium, ready by 2015


Substantial renovations to Kentucky’s Commonwealth Stadium were announced at long last Monday, unveiling final renderings to the $110 million in improvements that will include a dramatic facelift to the stadium’s exterior, drastically widened concourses and concession areas, club-level and loge seating, a recruiting room, a new suite and press-box area, among other additions that will all be completed by the time Kentucky kicks off its 2015 season.
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In all, the stadium’s capacity will be reduced to 61,000 from its current listed capacity of 67,606. Construction will be underway during the 2014 season, and about 2,000 seats will be effected during next year’s home schedule. The seats effected will come from rows 22-39 of sections 219-232, and UK will contact season-ticket owners in those seats about new seating options.

 

The $110-million project is self-financed, and the project was authorized during Kentucky’s General Assembly in 2013 in House Bill 7, which guaranteed $363.3 million in agency bonds for construction in projects at all six public universities in Kentucky. The Commonwealth Stadium renovation was approved at UK along with a new Academic Sciences Building and renovations to the Gatton College of Business and Economics.

 

Athletics director Mitch Barnhart said renovations will eventually find their way to the Nutter Field House, the team’s current indoor practice facility that is next door to Commonwealth Stadium, but those are to be announced and are not included in the $110 million dedicated to the current construction project.

 

Renderings of the renovations are below.

 

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