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Commonwealth Stadium’s first game, 1973

Posted on August 28, 2014 | in Uncategorized | by
Traffic outside Commonwealth Stadium on Sept. 15, 1973, prior to the first game played at the new home of the Wildcats. After playing 48 years at Stoll Field, the Cats won their first game at Commonwealth, 31-24 over Virginia Tech. The stadium and parking rest on what was once part of the UK Experimental Station Farm Grounds. Commonwealth Stadium had a capacity of 57,800 cost $12 million to build - a tenth of the cost for the current renovation.

Traffic outside Commonwealth Stadium on Sept. 15, 1973, before the inaugural game at the new home of the Wildcats. After 48 years at Stoll Field, the Cats won their first game at Commonwealth, 31-24 over Virginia Tech. The stadium and parking lot are on what was once part of the UK Experimental Station Farm Grounds. Commonwealth Stadium had a capacity of 57,800 and cost $12 million to build — a tenth of the cost of the 2015 renovation, which added suites to the south side. In 1999 both end zones were enclosed during a $27.6 million expansion that raised capacity to 67,942.  In May 2017, it was announced that Commonwealth Stadium will be known as Kroger Field, per a deal struck between the university, UK Athletics and marketing partner JMI Sports. Click on the image for a closer look and click here to see more images from our archives of the home of the Wildcats.

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