Baseball

Fan Information for Kentucky Proud Park

by Guy Ramsey

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky Proud Park is set to host its grand-opening game on Tuesday, Feb. 26 as the Kentucky baseball team hosts Eastern Kentucky at 4 p.m.
 
The $49 million stadium was completed this fall after construction began in March 2017. Kentucky Proud Park was named as a tribute to farmers and businesses of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Big Blue Nation. Kentucky Farm Bureau secured the rights to name the stadium from JMI Sports, UK Athletics’ multimedia rights partner. In turn, Kentucky Farm Bureau elected to name the stadium for Kentucky Proud, the state’s official agricultural marketing program housed at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
 
In advance of the start of the season, UK Athletics wishes to make fans aware of the following important game-day information as they plan trips to cheer on the Wildcats this season. Complete game-day information can be found at UKathletics.com/gameday. Fans are also encouraged to share their experiences and ask questions by emailing BBNfirst@uky.edu.
 
Parking and Tailgating
 
Parking in all areas surrounding Kentucky Proud Park is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fans are encouraged to arrive as early as possible. The following areas will be open for parking:
 

  • College Way lot immediately adjacent to Kentucky Proud Park
  • Purple Lots by soccer/softball
  • Kroger Field Blue Lot
  • Kroger Field Green Lot
  • Lot between the Arboretum and Commonwealth Drive

 
Shuttles will operate beginning two hours prior to first pitch and will run until one hour postgame. Shuttles will pick up at the Blue and Green lots and drop at the main gate of Kentucky Proud Park.
 
Parking lots will open four hours prior to first pitch and all tailgates must be in the back of vehicles. Tailgates can be coordinated through Tailgate Guys, a turnkey tailgate service.
 
Parking and shuttle map
Complete tailgating information
 
Entry
 
Gates open two hours prior to first pitch. The Left Field Gate and Home Plate Gate will be accessible for entry by the general public.
 
Concessions
 
Concessions will be available on the concourse behind home plate on both the first- and third-base side. Athenian Grill and House of ‘Cue will operate the two concessions locations, offering both traditional favorites and their signature items.
 
Student Information
 
In Kentucky Proud Park, all student seating and game viewing areas will be located inside the stadium. This decision was made in order to bring the students closer to the action – where they have maximum impact on the game – and for the safety and security of all attendees.
 
Entry will be free for students who display a valid student ID. Students will be able to sit and/or stand in all general admission areas.
 
Disability Services
 
A limited amount of disabled parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the main lot behind home plate. Additional spaces will be available in large lot outside of soccer/softball. Vehicles must show a valid state issued hangtag.
 
Disabled seating is available on a reserved basis by visiting the Kentucky Proud Park Ticket Office.
 
Reserved Chair-Back Seating
 
Reserved chair-back seating in sections 101-111 is sold on a season basis and single-game basis, based on availability. These seats are reserved until after the third inning, at which point they will be released and available for general seating. Season ticket holders who arrive after the end of the third inning can request assistance in being seated from a nearby usher.
 
Restrooms
 
Restrooms are located on the concourse at Kentucky Proud Park.
 
Game Promotions
 
Kentucky baseball will offer postgame experiences during each of its home SEC weekend series, beginning with the March 22-24 series vs. Texas A&M.
 
Friday – Kids run the bases
Saturday – Have a catch! Play catch in the outfield at KPP
Sunday – Team autographs
 
Complete promotions schedule
 
Programs and Scorecards
 
Programs and scorecards are available on the main concourse near section 105.
 
Chairs and Chair Rentals
 
Chairs are available for rent to use in terrace seating. Single-game rentals are $3 and season-long rentals are $34 – just over a $1 per game based on a 32-game schedule in 2019. Chairs can be ordered in advance through Tailgate Guys or rented at Kentucky Proud Park. Personal chairs may not be brought into Kentucky Proud Park. 
 
Prohibited Items
 
The following items are strictly prohibited inside Kentucky Proud Park:
 
Alcohol
Aluminum Containers
Animals (with the exception of service dogs)
Artificial Noisemakers
Backpacks
Chairs/Stools
Combustible Heaters
Containers (aluminum, glass, etc.)
Firearms
Flash Cameras
Food
Ice/Ice Chests
Large bags (accepted bag size is 12 x 6 x 12)
Smoking

The following items must be approved by UK Athletics at your gate of entry prior to being carried into Kentucky Proud Park:

Banners
Flags
Poles/Extensions
Signs
One unopened bottle of water
 
Address/Directions
 
KENTUCKY PROUD PARK 
510 Wildcat Court
Lexington, KY 40506
 
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. alongside St. Joseph’s Hospital. Pass over the railroad tracks and continue straight through the light to the intersection of Nicholasville Rd. and Cooper Drive. Proceed on Cooper Drive onto campus and turn right onto Sports Center Drive. Take Sports Center to the next stop sign (three-way stop) and turn left onto College Way. Kentucky Proud Park will be 1/4 of a mile on the left.

From S I-75/I-64E 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. alongside St. Joseph Hospital. Pass over the railroad tracks and continue straight through the light at the intersection of Nicholasville Rd. to Cooper Drive. Proceed on Cooper Drive onto campus and turn right onto Sports Center Drive. Take Sports Center to the next stop sign (three-way stop) and turn left onto College Way. Kentucky Proud Park will be a quarter of a mile on the left.

From N1-75 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. Proceed into the first roundabout on Alumni and exit right onto College Way. Kentucky Proud Park will be on your right.
 
Contact Information
 
Game Day Information – 859.218.3716
Ticket Office – 859.257.1818
UK Campus Parking – 859.257.5757
UK Police – 859.257.1616
 
Fans can also email game-day questions, concerns and suggestions to BBNfirst@uky.edu.
 

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