The New CWS Grand Opening Events Announced
LEXINGTON, Ky. – On Sept. 5 at 7 p.m., Kentucky football will play
the grand opening game in The New CWS against UL Lafayette. Leading up
to kickoff, UK Athletics will host a series of events to commemorate the
big day, punctuated by a free pregame concert featuring Sundy Best.
opening of The New CWS marks the beginning of a new era of Kentucky
football and the culmination of a great deal of hard work by many
people,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “We look forward to
celebrating with our fans the first game played there with a special
environment before and during the game.”
The events will be
headlined by a pregame concert featuring Sundy Best, a country duo
formed by Kentucky natives Kris Bentley and Nick Jamerson. The concert
will be held next to the Glenn Infiniti of Lexington Green Lot adjacent
to Gate 1 of The New CWS.
Matthew Mitchell and the Go Big Blue
Band, with the UK women’s basketball head coach serving as lead singer,
will open. The concert is set to begin at approximately 2:45 p.m., with
Sundy Best to take the stage at 4 p.m. and break for the Cat Walk at
The national anthem will be performed by a choir
composed of singers from each of Kentucky’s 120 counties to celebrate
the connection shared between the Bluegrass State and its flagship
university. A parachute team will deliver the game ball to the field by parachute before the
team is introduced on the new field for the first time at 6:55 p.m.
New CWS will open next month after a $126 million renovation
transformed the longtime home of Kentucky football. The stadium will
feature a striking exterior; new concourses, concessions and restrooms;
premium-seating areas; new team facilities; and a state-of-the-art
Fans can purchase season tickets, single-game tickets for home and away games, and 2015 mini-packs by visiting ukfootballtix.com.
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