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Saw this on Twitter from QueBueno. This looks so sweet!
Pretty sweet. So the recruiting room would be in the east end zone with a patio leading to the field?
If I'm understanding this correctly, yes. Looks like it will be a really nice area to host
I believe it would be a patio overlooking the UK tunnel.
Yes. According to the plans and section of the Purchasing Document.
I cannot wait for this!!!
On on U of K!!!
Looks like they are adding several patios. One for the Club level seating on the Home (South) side, and some in the East (Nutter) end zone. The only thing i'm not totally impressed with is the Pre-Cast Concrete for the facade. I was hoping for more Brick/Limestone look.
The renderings look great. Commonwealth is going to be incredible.
i would like to add more upper deck seating by the scoreboards. I really want to get CWS to 80k capacity
WE ARE UK
That's not going to happen for a while, if at all. Barnhart said they aren't going to overbuild in today's market. If at some point the program gets to the point where it demands that type of expansion they'll cross that bridge when it comes. From my one-on-one with him in January:
You've mentioned seating capacity will be virtually the same or perhaps a little bit less than it is now. There are the big dreamers out there who say why not build an 80-85,000 seat stadium if you're going to do this? Why is it important for Kentucky football to remain near Commonwealth Stadium's existing capacity at this time?
“I think there are two issues. One, there are people out there who have really big stadiums and that's really great. Even in their world, programs that have tradition-rich programs in football, they're struggling to sell all of their tickets, and sometimes in big games. That big television that sits down at the end of the hall with the refrigerator at the other end of the hall is very difficult to compete with. You have to make sure of a variety of things: the product you put on the field has got to be competitive and something people want to watch. Two, you've got to make the amenities and the experience a decent one. You have to make it something that when they come they want to come and feel good about it. That's really important.
“We want to make the seats we've got really quality seats and make the experience a good experience. The population of our state is a small one and so we want to make sure that we don't overbuild. I don't want to have a stadium where we've done all we can do and we're really competing hard and yet we're still at 80-85 percent capacity. I'd rather have us do what we can do competitively and really work hard at it and things are going great and people are saying, 'How do we get in there?' If we get to that spot where there are 20,000 people on the waiting list then by golly we'll figure out how to add on to that sucker.”
Mitch is doing the right thing here. We absolutely do not need more seats. The right thing to do is to take a few out, make the seats that are left better seats, and create demand on the field. We would never consistently fill an 80k seat stadium. We can consistently fill a 65k seat stadium with a an exciting product. I think Stoops, Brown, and Company will put an exciting product on the field over time. We have to overcome the shortcomings in recruiting for the better part of a decade, but the systems (offense and defense) should help immediately.
I'm betting they take half of those seats form visitors...
i agree, we do not need 80K at this time. But losing over 4000 seats is a SHAME!!! Need at least 66K there. We will fill it no problem if we have consistent winner. Cant understand why fb Adm. sees this as not a problem.
Because that will increase demand for the tickets, thus allowing them to raise prices.
Keepin in fresh since 1986.
Yep, me too Jessdog. Looking at that sketch reminds me of Memorial Coliseum. Looks to me like that's the inspiration.
Memorial Hall with it's brick, columns and clock tower spire, is THE most iconic structure on campus. It's the symbol of UK. Alot of SEC schools have that brick greek revival look all over campus. Especially Alabama. Maybe that's why we went this direction. I wish they would incorporate some of the limestone aesthetics of Keenland or the new Rolex Stadium at the KY Horse Park...
Memorial Coliseum at Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky, is the former home of the men's basketball team at the University of Kentucky. This snapshot was taken on Monday, 24 July 1989.
It should be noted this isn't necessarily the designer UK will pick, per my understanding of the process. The decision on who is awarded the project doesn't come until late April.
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