K Fund wants to re-invent Commonwealth Stadium

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The K Fund is hoping to re-invent Commonwealth Stadium at a cost of $25 million. The fund raising arm of UK Athletics unveiled plans for the project Tuesday on a new website.

Commonwealth Stadium over the past several years has seen improvements that include renovation of the playing surface to the most recent $6 million addition of HD video and ribbon boards.

Several additional improvements are now planned:

•Spectator driven improvements (i.e. improved concessions, restrooms, video boards, and security)
•Multi-purpose recruiting room in East end zone (Field House end)
•Add 10 to 15 suites, one for Presidential use to seat 100-150 patrons.
•Add 2,000 to 2,500 club seats
•New press facilities
•New team store
•New full service kitchen
•Improve the UK brand at Commonwealth Stadium
•Maintain, or slightly reduce, seating capacity while increasing the value of the remaining seats.

It is estimated this project will require $125 million at current market value and private funds are being sought.

Other projects include building a new baseball stadium on Alumni Drive at a cost of $32 million and expanding the Boone Tennis Center at a cost of $6.5 million.

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