UK Game Day Information

Tickets Available: Tickets are available for Saturday’s game vs. Eastern Kentucky which is slated for a 6 p.m. kickoff at Commonwealth Stadium. Tickets cost $30 for upper-level sideline and end zone seats, and may be purchased:

On the phone by calling 800-928-CATS
On the internet at
Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Joe Craft Center ticket office
Saturday at the Joe Craft Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and then at the stadium ticket office, beginning at 4 p.m. (cash only at the stadium). Ticket sales and Will Call booths are located outside of Gate 4 at Commonwealth Stadium.

The “Cat Walk”: Fans are encouraged to greet the team when the Wildcats arrive for the “Cat Walk.” The team buses will arrive at the Nutter Field House approximately two hours and 15 minutes before the game (approx. 3:45 for the Eastern Kentucky game) and the players will make the “Cat Walk” to their stadium entry point at Gate 1. Fans are encouraged to line up on the sidewalk and cheer the players as they enter the stadium.

A siren will be sounded while the team buses are on their way to the stadium. That’s the fans’ cue to proceed to the Cat Walk area to greet the team.

See Blue Concert Featuring UK Alumna Sarah Johns: Immediately following the “Cat Walk,” and the UK team’s entrance into Commonwealth Stadium, the University of Kentucky will present an hour-long concert in the grass area lot between the green parking lot and the Bluegrass Community and Technical College, featuring Sarah Johns. Johns will perform from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

C-A-T-S Cheer on Kickoffs: Another way for the fans to encourage the Wildcats is a cheer being introduced this season on kickoffs. The cheer will occur on either team’s kickoffs, regardless of whether UK is kicking or receiving. Cheerleader Coach Jomo Thompson explains it this way:

“As the ball is placed on the tee and the referee blows his whistle and puts his hand in the air, the fans begin a long ‘AAAAAAHHHHHH!” until the ball is kicked. As the ball is in the air, the fans yell ‘C-A-T-S, CATS, CATS, CATS!’”

Wildcat Refuge: Fans of all ages, but especially the younger Wildcats, will enjoy playing at the Wildcat Refuge, located outside of the southwest corner (outside Gate 9) of Commonwealth Stadium. There are five giant inflatable games that are available two hours before kickoff. In addition to the inflatable games, there will be:

Men’s soccer team will sign autographs from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
UK Team Shop trailer open
Concession stand open
Sponsors with interactive displays
Link Belt
B.D.’s Mongolian BBQ
Papa John’s
Texas Roadhouse

Game-Day Honorees and Events: The following people will be honored at the game:

During the first quarter, the UK rifle team will be introduced
At the end of the first quarter, UK President Dr. Lee Todd and First Lady Patsy Todd will be joined by Kentucky’s newest Singletary scholars.
At halftime, the UK and Eastern Kentucky Marching Bands will perform

Get in “The Big Blue Zone”: Looking for a way to entertain business clients, reward employees, or just get your tailgating group together for a good time? The get in “The Big Blue Zone,” Kentucky’s newest entertainment center.

“The Big Blue Zone” will be located outside Gate 9 of Commonwealth Stadium and will feature music, food, and Wildcat fun. “The Big Blue Zone” will open two hours before each home game and all tickets much be purchased in advance. For more information and to reserve your spot in “The Big Blue Zone,” call Brian Miller of Host Communications at 859-226-4328.

UK Team Shop: The UK Team Shop, featuring officially licensed Wildcat apparel and merchandise, will be open outside the stadium prior to the game and will be located near the ticket booth between the Red and Green lots. There is another UK Team Shop, featuring primarily children’s clothing, in the Wildcat Refuge. Additional UK Team Shops will be located inside the stadium gates.

UK Marching Band Will Parade Around Stadium: The UK Marching Band will parade around the stadium, beginning approximately one hour prior to kickoff. The band parade will begin at and return to Gate 4.

Stadium Gates: Commonwealth Stadium gates open two hours before game time.

What You Can and Can’t Bring; Security Measures at Commonwealth Stadium: Every entry point into the stadium will have a security guard to check all bags and items entering the stadium. Once items have been approved, patrons will proceed into the stadium at ticket checkpoints. This policy is to ensure the safety of all fans and the security of the stadium and will remain the same throughout the season.

Items which cannot be brought in the stadium include:

Artificial noisemakers
Glass containers
Alcoholic beverages
Aluminum containers
Food, portable heaters
Ice chests
Bags of ice
Large bags
Any object considered dangerous to patrons in Commonwealth Stadium

Banners, flags, signs and poles are prohibited unless approved by UK Athletics.

Fans are permitted to bring in cell phones, pagers, still cameras, video cameras, small purses, binoculars, small radios, and seat cushions. Umbrellas may be brought into the stadium, but may not be opened in seating areas.

All items brought into the stadium are subject to search.

No Pass-out Checks: Per Southeastern Conference rule, no pass-out checks are issued for fans who wish to leave the stadium during the game. Anyone leaving the stadium must have a new, unused ticket to re-enter the stadium.

Elevators: Persons with disabilities will be allowed to use the suite elevators at each corner of the stadium. Golf cart shuttles will be used on the outside of the stadium to take persons to a desired gate. The press box elevator is reserved for media only.


General Parking Information: For comprehensive parking information, go to and click on “Game Day Central” at the top of the home page.

Parking at the Stadium: All parking at the stadium is reserved. There is no general parking at the stadium.

Be Ready to Give Your Parking Stub to the Attendant: Attendants at Commonwealth Stadium parking lots will collect the stubs at the bottom of the parking passes. Fans are asked to detach their stub in advance and be ready to give the stub to the attendant in order to keep parking lot entry as quick as possible.

No Parking Pass? No Problem, “UK Football Express – Downtown and Campus Routes”: Fans who do not have reserved parking are advised to use the “UK Football Express” LexTran shuttle service.

For the “UK Football Express - Campus Route”, fans may park for free in Parking Structure #2 (next to the William T. Young Library) and Parking Structure #3 (at the corner of Huguelet and Limestone) and catch the shuttle for $2 per person round trip ($1 one way). Shuttle pickup is at the intersection of Huguelet and Rose. “UK Football Express – Campus Route” begins two hours prior to kickoff and runs up to 30 minutes after kick-off. Return trips begin at the start of the 4th quarter and run up to one hour post-game.

For the “UK Football Express – Downtown Route” fans can park in the Rupp Arena Lot (off High Street), the Lexington Transit Center (off High Street or Vine Street) and Ramsey’s Diner (off Woodland Avenue) and catch shuttle to the stadium for $5.00 per person round trip ($2.50 one way). “UK Football Express – Downtown Route,” begins three hours prior to kickoff and runs up to 30 minutes after kick-off. Return trips begin at the end of the third quarter and continue until one hour after the end of the game.

For “UK Football Express” locations and details, call 253-4636, or visit their website:

In addition UK Parking Structure #7, on Sports Center Drive next to the UK outdoor tennis courts, is available at a cost of $10 per vehicle. It is approximately a five minute walk from the stadium.

Non-Reserved RV: The non-reserved RV lot is located on Press Avenue (off Virginia Ave.). The lot opens at 6 p.m. on Friday evenings prior to game day. Shuttle service is provided to and from the stadium.

Disabled Parking: Non-reserved disabled parking, is located at the corner of University Drive and Farm Road on a first-come, first-served basis. Shuttle services are available for transport to the stadium.