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Commonwealth Stadium construction, 1972

Posted on November 19, 2016 | in Uncategorized | by
Construction on what would become Commonwealth Stadium, home for University of Kentucky football games, as seen in mid December 1972. When construction was completed in 1973, Commonwealth Stadium had a capacity of 57,800. It was built  at a cost of $12 million by the firm of Huber, Hunt, and Nichols. The stadium and parking areas rest on an 86-acre plot that was once part of the UK Experimental Station Farm Grounds. The stadium was officially opened on Sept. 15, 1973, as the Wildcats moved into their new home after spending 48 years at Stoll Field/McLean Stadium across from Memorial Coliseum. Kentucky defeated Virginia Tech in the stadium opener, 31-26, as quarterback Ernie Lewis ran for two touchdowns and threw for another TD to lead the Wildcats. Published in the Lexington Herald December 14, 1972. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

Construction on what would become Commonwealth Stadium, home field of University of Kentucky football games, in mid-December 1972. When construction was completed in 1973, Commonwealth Stadium had a capacity of 57,800. It was built at a cost of $12 million by the firm of Huber, Hunt and Nichols. The stadium and parking areas rest on an 86-acre plot that was once part of the UK Experimental Station Farm Grounds. The stadium was opened on Sept. 15, 1973, as the Wildcats moved into their new home after spending 48 years at Stoll Field/McLean Stadium across from Memorial Coliseum. Kentucky defeated Virginia Tech in the stadium opener, 31-26, as quarterback Ernie Lewis ran for two touchdowns and threw for another TD to lead the Wildcats. Nov. 19 is the last home game for the 2016 Wildcats. Click here to see other Commonwealth Stadium photos from our archives. Published in the Lexington Herald on Dec. 14, 1972. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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