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Commonwealth stadium is ready for gameday despite wet weather

The Wildcats kick off their season at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday and after a wet and stormy August, officials say the condition of the field should be perfect for game day due to a state of the art drainage system.

"Even though it's 13, 14 seasons old, this field is still, by far, our best draining field," says UK Sports Turf Manager Marcus Dean. "The rain the last couple weeks has not impacted us at all."

The drainage system was added in 2001 for around $1 million. Beneath the grass are several layers of material which makes the Bermuda grass surface act like the grass on a golf green.

"It's got four inches of peat gravel underneath 12 inches of USGA sand," says Dean. "When it was put in it was designed to drain 22 inches of water an hour."

Dean says that before the installation of the drainage system, that it would take several days to dry the field after a period of heavy rain.

Kickoff is set for noon on Saturday on the SEC network.

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