Here’s what you need to know about UK’s first home football game

Here’s what you need to know about UK’s first home football game


What time is the UK game? Where can I park? Is the first home game sold out? Is Commonwealth Stadium actually going to be finished in time for the first home game? How can I get through those new roundabouts on Alumni Drive?

UK vs Louisiana-Lafayette will unveil the new and improved post- ($120M+) renovation Commonwealth Stadium, with 27 new luxury suites.  With a forecast in the 90s, expect some heat exhaustion. Pace yourself.

Getting to and from the stadium

  • If you are intimidated by the two new roundabouts situated on Alumni Drive between Tates Creek and Nicholasville Road — don’t be. Police officers will be stationed at each roundabout directing traffic in the right the direction.UK football commonwealth stadium
  • Keep your parking permit visible so attendants can point you in the right direction and help traffic flow smoothly.
  • There are two new permits for 2015 — Silver and Arboretum. Silver is located off Farm Road, accessible by University Drive while Arboretum is off Alumni Drive, accessible by Tates Creek Road.
  • First-come, first-serve parking is available on Cooper Drive as well as parking structures #2,#3, and #6.
  • LexTran will not operate the UK Football Express Campus & Downtown shuttles this season, but all regular LexTran routes will operate on game day.
  • Miller Transportation will operate downtown and campus shuttle routes independently of UK athletics. The costs are $5 for campus round-trips and $15 for downtown round-trips.
  • Many season ticket holders have had their parking changed. Consult your ticket book and the traffic diagram to find the best route to the stadium.
  • Listen to 1700 AM for Game Day traffic updates.

Once you’re there

  • Gates 4, 9, and 12 will open two hours before kickoff. All other public gates open an hour and a half before kickoff.
  • Four Guest Services locations will open five hours before kickoff, by Gates 1, 4, 9, and 12.
  • With temperatures forecast to be in the 90s, fans are encouraged to stay hydrated and may obtain a complimentary 10-ounce cup of water from concession stands.
  • For help with any questions, concerns, or problems fans can download the GuestAssist app on their phone or text CATS to 78247 with your message and seat location.
  • Backpacks and large bags are prohibited from entering Commonwealth Stadium. Fans will be permitted to bring in one small bag, no larger than 13.5 inches x 10 inches x 7 inches. The bag must fit within sizing bins at all entrance gates. UK officials are encouraging fans to arrive early and bring as few items as possible into the stadium.
  • Fans are encouraged to recycle and if you are parking in any of the colored reserved parking lots you will be given a recycling bag for cans, aluminum, and glass bottles.
  • Tow-behind trailers are not allowed to be parked on paved lots unless the tow-behind also has an individual parking permit. Any tow-behind without a permit will be directed to the nearest open grass lot.
  • The use of golf carts or motorized scooters/coolers anywhere on the grounds of Commonwealth Stadium is prohibited for the safety of pedestrians. Individuals with disabilities may use a scooter.
  • A free concert by Sundy Best and Matthew Mitchell and the Go Big Blue Band starts at 3 p.m. in the parking lot near Gate 1 before the Cat Walk.


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