LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky hasn’t played in front of a full home crowd this season, but coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats would like to see one Saturday against Georgia.
Commonwealth Stadium seats 61,000, but it hasn’t been near capacity so far this season. A crowd of 57,230 in the home opener against Southern Miss was the high-mark. The average attendance has been 52,809 in Kentucky’s five home games.
“I think it’s very important for us to see the stadium filled,” Stoops said. “I think our players would love to see that happen. Our fan base, there’s been a lot of loyal fans to us. We just need more. We need more people in there to fill it up. I’d love to see it filled.”
Poor weather and an 0-2 start deterred fans from showing up to the New Mexico State game in Week 2.
Ten minutes before kickoff. pic.twitter.com/7IUXtCmlgM
— Joe Mussatto (@joe_mussatto) September 17, 2016
But it’s gotten better as the season went on. This picture from the Vanderbilt game three weeks ago.
Crowd at kickoff. pic.twitter.com/Lv8KguZzEI
— Joe Mussatto (@joe_mussatto) October 8, 2016
Stoops knows that calling for more fans to show up means he and the team needs to hold up their end of the deal.
“Again, I make no bones about it, when we see it filled I expect our team to play at a high level to make those fans proud,” Stoops said. “Believe me, we’re going to go to work today and have a great week of preparation and put ourselves in position to win this game. It’ll be very important for us to play well.”