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UK Football Receives Face Lift

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The new football locker room at the Nutter Training Center is nearly complete and will be open to the media Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 2:00 to 2:15 p.m.

Coach Rich Brooks and some Wildcat players will be available for interviews. The new area replaces the locker room that was part of the original 1987 construction of the Nutter Center. The total number of individual player lockers has been reduced from 156 to 130, enabling each new locker to be larger. The new lockers are made of oak, measuring 42 inches wide, 24 inches deep, and more than seven feet high.

The lockers will be more functional than the previous set, featuring an electrical outlet, a padded seating bench, and more storage space than the previous units. The room has a new layout, which will make it easier to locate individuals and communicate with the entire team at one time. In addition, the room will have televisions which also can be used as message centers to distribute announcements to the players. New shower and bathroom facilities also have been installed.

The new locker room costs approximately $590,000. UK used its profit from the Music City Bowl, along with private donations, to fund the project. The new space is part of the continuing effort to keep Kentucky at the top of football facilities. In just the last two years, athletics director Mitch Barnhart has invested approximately $3,550,000 on four projects that enhance the safety, convenience, and efficiency of the players and are attractive to prospective student-athletes. In addition to the new locker room at the Nutter Center, completed projects include:

a state-of-the-art practice area at the Nutter Center, including two beautiful grass fields, a sports-turf field, drainage system, and stadium-style lights;
a new locker room at Commonwealth Stadium, consolidating the team from two locker rooms to one; and
a new playing surface at Commonwealth Stadium.

Players Report on Thursday: The players officially report for the 2007 season on Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Nutter Training Center. Offensive players have their first meeting at 3:00 p.m. and defensive players meet at 3:45 p.m. Interviews will be conducted in the normal interview area at the practice field beginning at 2 p.m. As usual on this day, media should be flexible with requests, as some players come in early and others arrive just before reporting time.

Media Day on Fri. Aug. 3: The annual Kentucky Football Media Day is Fri. Aug. 3 at Commonwealth Stadium.

The Wildcat Den (Gate 3 of the stadium) will open at 9:15 a.m. Media guides, posters, schedule cards, and a photo CD will be available. Media members should fill out request forms for player interviews.

Coach Rich Brooks will have a news conference from 10 a.m. to approximately 10:40 a.m. in the Den. During that time, players will be available on the field for special photographs as needed.

At 10:45, Coach Brooks will go on the field for the team photo. Following the team photo, players and assistant coaches will be on the field for interviews until noon.

Please note that on-field activities could be moved into the Nutter Field House in the event of bad weather. Media Day is not open to the public, so please do not publicize the timing schedule.

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