At Commonwealth Stadium, UK fans look forward to their 42nd year in the lair of the Wildcats.
When constructed in 1973, Commonwealth Stadium had a capacity of 57,800. It was completed at a cost of $12 million by the firm of Huber, Hunt, and Nichols. The stadium and parking areas rest on an 86-acre plot that was once part of the UK Experimental Station Farm Grounds.
The stadium was officially opened on Sept. 15, 1973, as the Wildcats moved into their new home after spending 48 years at Stoll Field/McLean Stadium across from Memorial Coliseum. Kentucky defeated Virginia Tech in the stadium opener, 31-26, as quarterback Ernie Lewis ran for two touchdowns and threw for another TD to lead the Wildcats.
In 1999, both ends of the stadium were enclosed, along with the construction of 40 suites, 10 in each corner of the stadium. The total number of seats was increased to 67,606.
Additional features of the stadium expansion included two Mitsubishi Diamond Vision video boards, a new sound system, new scoreboards, additional restrooms and concession stands, and new concourse televisions.
The architect of the expansion was HNTB of Kansas City, Mo., and Turner Construction of Cincinnati, Ohio, managed the construction. A total of $27.6 million was allocated for the stadium project.
There was one change for 2005 as a beautiful new Bermuda grass playing surface was installed. The playing area is titled C. M. Newton Field, named after the former UK director of athletics in 2001.
In July 2011, a significant audio and video upgrade was completed including two LED video boards each measuring approximately 37 feet high by 80 feet wide (2,960 square feet), making each display the 20th-largest scoreboard in the country. Additionally, a new custom audio system and over 1,800 linear sq/ft of video ribbon board was in September 2011. The approximate cost of these upgrades was $6 million.
In 2015, the stadium underwent a $120 million renovation. The renovation includes a new press box, loge box seats, club seats, recruiting room, suites, concourses, bathrooms, lights and exterior facade while reducing capacity to around 61,000.
Since its opening, Kentucky has played 206 games within the friendly confines of Commonwealth Stadium. And indeed, a 107-95-4 record and a .529 winning percentage is evidence that Commonwealth is a home field advantage for the Wildcats.
Excellent attendance figures also have gone hand-in-hand with Kentucky football and Commonwealth Stadium. The Wildcats have averaged 56,527 fans in those 213 contests at Commonwealth Stadium. In fact, 12,040,330 spectators have witnessed Kentucky football at Commonwealth Stadium – that’s almost three times the population of Kentucky.
The 10-millionth person to attend a UK football game came during the 2002 season opener against Texas-El Paso. The five-millionth person to attend a game at Commonwealth Stadium was Jack Crowe, who walked through the gate as number 5,000,000 on Oct. 3, 1987, as Kentucky played host to Ohio.
An enclosed press box, which seats 110 members of the media, is located between the decks of the stadium’s west side. Included in the press box area are 10 private booths (three for VIPs), a photography deck, and two dining areas. The press box is serviced by two elevators.
1540 University Drive
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0222
Now in its 42nd season as the home field of Kentucky football, the facility has seen UK win 53 percent of its home games since it was opened in 1973.
Capacity: Approx. 61,000
The New Commonwealth Stadium seats approximately 61,000, creating an intimate game-day atmosphere and the best possible home-field advantage for Kentucky football.
1540 University Drive
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0222
From Bluegrass Parkway
When the Parkway ends you exit right onto route 60 (Versailles Road), go approximately 10 miles and turn right on Mason Headley Road beside Cardinal Hill Hospital. Continue straight through the lights, you will pass a golf course and the Campbell House Inn. At the light continue straight through the intersection onto Waller Ave. along side St. Joseph’s Hospital. Pass over the railroad tracks and continue straight through the light to the intersection of Nicholasville Rd. and Cooper Drive. Commonwealth Stadium is located on the right hand side.
Going South I-75/I-64 E or W towards Lexington
Take exit 113 (marked Paris/Lexington), turn right off the exit ramp onto N. Broadway (U.S. 68), and continue through downtown for approximately 6 miles. After Logan’s Steakhouse take a left at the intersection onto Waller Ave. along side St. Joseph Hospital. Pass over the railroad tracks and continue straight through the light at the intersection of Nicholasville Rd. to Cooper Drive. Commonwealth Stadium is located on the right hand side.
Going North on I-75 from Knoxville
Take exit 104 (marked Athens/ Lexington), turn left off of the ramp onto Athens Boonesboro Road. Take a left at the intersection of Richmond Rd. & Man O’ War. Follow Man O’ War to the intersection at Alumni Dr. and take a right. Follow Alumni Drive through the Tates Creek intersection. Commonwealth Stadium is located on the right hand side.
Season Parking Permits
For more information about football season parking permits, policies, non-permit visitor parking, accessible parking and shuttle options, click here.
While many of the parking lots surrounding Commonwealth Stadium are sold on a season permit basis, plenty of non-permit visitor parking/shuttle options do exist. For more information about single-game parking policies, non-permit visitor parking, accessible parking, and shuttle options, please click here.