Kentucky fans flock to renovated Commonwealth Stadium
If you want a ticket for Kentucky’s game against Auburn next Thursday, you’d better check out StubHub.
There are no seats available, as sellouts have become a common occurrence at the 61,000-seat Commonwealth Stadium, which underwent a $126 million renovation, and now is being called the New CWS.
This will be Kentucky’s fourth sellout this season, the most since 2009.
The renovation added 2,000 club level seats and 27 suites. Also, the stadium was downsized to create a more intimate environment with fans closer to the field.
Actual attendance has surpassed capacity for all three home games.
There were 62,933 fans at the opening win over Louisiana-Lafayette, followed by 63,040 for the loss to Florida and 63,380 for Kentucky’s 34-27 overtime victory over Eastern Kentucky last week.
Attendance has been climbing under coach Mark Stoops, who is in his second season.
Kentucky’s average attendance was about 49,700 before Stoops arrived. That figure spiked to nearly 58,000 for home games last year.
The upcoming game will be the Wildcats’ first Thursday home game since 1939, when 19,000 people were in attendance. Tennessee defeated Kentucky 19-0 in that game.
The Courier-Journal’s Jon Hale wrote that Kentucky will try to match the atmosphere from nearly 76 years ago.
“UK fans will undoubtedly hope for a different outcome than the 1939 game when Auburn comes to Commonwealth Stadium, but they would do well to replicate the atmosphere,” he wrote.
In release, Kentucky says Auburn game is sold out, the fourth sellout in five games at the renovated Commonwealth Stadium.
— Jen Smith (@jenheraldleader) October 6, 2015