Barnhart says stadium upgrades include Ring of Honor

Commonwealth Stadium during Kentucky-Vanderbilt game

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Athletics director Mitch Barnhart said on Friday that UK’s Ring of Honor will be a “piece of the construction package” at Commonwealth Stadium.

Barnhart also said that he wants to makes sure other athletes, inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame, are given a proper salute.

“We’ve got really phenomenal folks and they need to find a spot where they’re honored as well,” Barnhart said at UK’s annual football Media Day.

Barnhart singled out the UK fans, both for being patient with the process of renovating the stadium, and with new coach Mark Stoops, as he begins rebuilding the program.

Barnhart also thanked the Wildcat faithful for helping put pressure on providers of the SEC Network.

On his initiative, BBN First, Barnhart said fans feedback indicate they want to hear “My Old Kentucky Home,” at the beginning of the game and at the end.

Barnhart went on to say that he doesn’t believe schools from the five power conferences will play only schools from within those conferences.

“Our strength of schedule is plenty good in the SEC. We’re fine,” Barnhart said. “Everybody is playing at least one other big five conference team.”

Barnhart said he believes it’s important for teams like UK to schedule FCS schools.

“It helps sustain their program. They need it for financial viability to be able to maintain their programs.”

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