LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 2009 University of Kentucky football schedule has been completed as the Wildcats will take on Miami University on Sept. 5 in Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium.
The game will be a unique season opener, as the teams will play at a neutral site, the home of the National Football League’s Cincinnati Bengals. The game will be convenient for the fan base of both teams, as Paul Brown Stadium is 82 miles from the UK campus and just 39 miles from the Miami campus in Oxford, Ohio.
“This will be a tough opener for us, as it will be the first game against a new (coaching) staff,” said Rich Brooks, referring to first-year Miami coach Mike Haywood. “We don’t have a lot of indication what they will do. We will have to be on top of our game as we’ll be a little bit blindfolded going in.
“It’s a great away game, to be able to play close enough to our campus that our fans can easily attend. Our team is excited to play in a terrific venue like Paul Brown Stadium.”
Miami is the official home team for the game. The stadium capacity is 65,435 and Kentucky will receive 30,000 tickets. Tickets are priced at $35 for upper level, $45 for lower level, and $75 for club level. UK season-ticket holders may order tickets for the Miami game on their season-ticket renewal forms. (On-line renewals are already available at UKathletics.com; mailed renewal forms will be sent next week.) Non-season ticket holders may request tickets by contacting the UK Athletics Ticket Office at (859) 257-1818 or 800-928-CATS. Ticket orders will be filled during the summer after season-ticket renewals are complete.
This will be the first of a two-game series with Miami. Kentucky will play host to the RedHawks in Commonwealth Stadium in either 2010 or 2013.
Despite the relative proximity of the schools, this will be only the 12th meeting between UK and Miami, and just the fourth matchup since the 1920 season. UK leads the series, 6-4-1. The teams last played in 1991, with Kentucky winning a squeaker, 23-20, at Commonwealth Stadium.
The addition of the season opener completes the Wildcats’ 2009 slate. Game times will be announced later.
Sept. 5 vs. Miami (in Cincinnati)
Sept. 19 Louisville
Sept. 26 Florida
Oct. 3 Alabama
Oct. 10 at South Carolina
Oct. 17 at Auburn
Oct. 24 Louisiana-Monroe
Oct. 31 Mississippi State
Nov. 7 Eastern Kentucky
Nov. 14 at Vanderbilt
Nov. 21 at Georgia
Nov. 28 Tennessee
Kentucky is coming off a 7-6 season, capped by a 25-19 win over East Carolina in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. It is the first time in school history that the Wildcats have won bowl games in three consecutive seasons.
Spring practice begins Wednesday, April 1. Seven offensive starters and five defensive starters return for the Wildcats. The Blue/White Spring Game is set for Sat. April 25 at 1:30 p.m. at Commonwealth Stadium.