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Fan in for for Kentucky football's preseason open practices

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky football will host three open practices for fans and media during its preseason camp, including Monday and Tuesday (Aug. 11-12), and Monday, Aug. 18, at the Tim Couch Practice Fields at the Nutter Training Center, it was announced by second-year head coach Mark Stoops.

Details for the three practices have been finalized, with the first practice slated for Monday at 9:30 a.m. ET and the second practice set for 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The final open practice of the preseason is slated for Monday, Aug. 18 at 9:30 a.m.

The gates to the Tim Couch Practice Fields will be opened while the team is doing its pre-practice stretching. Fans can enter at three areas of the facility, two accessible from the C8 parking lot and the third gate accessible from the Cooper Drive/R3 parking lots.

General Information
• No chairs are permitted in the facility
• Please stay behind all signs, painted lines and all ropes. While on site please follow instructions of UK Athletics staff.
• Nutter Training Center will not be open to the public
• Public restrooms are located in the C8 parking lot
• No autographs or posed pictures are permitted during this event

Parking is available free of charge in the following locations:
• C8 Lot behind the rightfield fence of Cliff Hagan Stadium
• E-Lot/R3, (beside the Cliff Hagan Stadium)
• R3 lots on Sports Center Drive
• Green Lot near Commonwealth Stadium

Parking Structure 7, located on Sports Center Drive, will be operated as pay only, the rate is $2 an hour.

Kentucky Football Media Schedule: Listed below is a tentative practice schedule with media opportunities. All practice times are subject to change, please check e-mail daily for updates. Unless noted otherwise, all practices will be held at the Tim Couch Practice Fields. Media desiring interviews after practice should gather in the lobby of the Nutter Training Center and register requests with media relations staff by the interview request deadline. Please do not enter the Nutter Training Center through the back porch (all TV tripods need to be brought inside). Media may shoot video/photo during the Fan Day practice on August 9, except periods of practice that are 11-on-11. Please shoot from field level only, not in the stands. Media may shoot video/photo during the open practices on Aug. 11, 12 and 18, except periods of practice that are 11-on-11. First-year freshmen (“true freshmen”) will be available on Media Day only. This includes the freshmen who reported last January and participated in spring practice. After Media Day, the next availability for the freshmen will be after the UT Martin game. From that point, freshmen who are seeing game action will be available. Quarterbacks will be available on Media Day. After that the next QB availability will be later in August at a date to be determined.

Sat. Aug. 9 Fan Day 9-10:15 a.m. in the Nutter Field House; Open practice 10:45-noon in Commonwealth Stadium; Interviews – Coach Stoops, offensive coaches/players
Sun. Aug. 10 no availability
Mon. Aug. 11 Open practice 9:30-11 a.m.; Coach Stoops available and defensive coaches/players
Tues. Aug. 12 Open practice 3:30-5 p.m.; interviews offensive coaches/players
Wed. Aug. 13 Interview request deadline 11:45 a.m.; Coach Stoops available and defensive coaches/players
Thu. Aug. 14 no availability
Fri. Aug. 15 Interview request deadline 4:55 p.m.; offensive coaches/players
Sat. Aug. 16 Coach Stoops, selected players available approx. 2:45 p.m. at stadium
Sun. Aug. 17 no availability
Mon. Aug. 18 Open practice 9:30-11 a.m.; Coach Stoops available and defensive coaches/players
Tues. Aug. 19 Interview request deadline 4:55 p.m.; offensive coaches/players
Wed. Aug. 20 Interview request deadline 5:25 p.m.; Coach Stoops available and defensive coaches/players
Thu. Aug. 21 no availability
Fri. Aug. 22 Interview request deadline 4:55 p.m.; offensive coaches/players
Sat. Aug. 23 Interview request deadline 1:45 p.m. at stadium; Coach Stoops available and defensive coaches/players
Sun. Aug. 24 no availability, game week schedule begins

Kentucky Football Fan Day: Kentucky Football Fan Day will take place Saturday, Aug. 9 at the Nutter Field House, followed by an open practice at 10:45 a.m. ET inside Commonwealth Stadium. Media are welcome to attend both events and should enter CWS through Gate 1 for field access. Media who still have their 2013-14 all-sports or football season credential may use that to gain access to the field. If you do not have a 2013-14 all-sports or football season credential, please request a credential via email to wesley.crane@uky.edu.

Football Credential Site Open: Media should apply for season and/or single-game credentials for Kentucky home football games at www.sportssystems.com/Kentucky.

Important note: we ask that the sports editor/director or primary contact for each media entity request for everyone needing credentials at your outlet at the same time. This simplifies the process and reduces confusion and overlapping requests. Thanks for your cooperation.


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