Athletic Department

UK Soccer Complex

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The University of Kentucky is committed to providing its student-athletes with the very best in athletics facilities. The UK Soccer Complex is evidence of that dedication.

The stadium, which opened in late 1996, is part of a complex that houses a game field, a practice field, locker rooms and a training room. Since its opening, the Complex has played host to some of the largest crowds to see MAC and C-USA soccer action, including the 1998 MAC Tournament. UK also hosted the 1999 and 2001 MAC Championship games, which the Wildcats won to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The first round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament was played in front of more than 1,500 fans as UK advanced over Cincinnati in penalty kicks in a thrilling finish. In 2007, UK welcomed 2,307 fans for a rivalry game with Louisville and a year later, UK welcomed 1,988 fans for a 2-1 win over Michigan.

The stadium features grandstand seating for more than 1,500 fans on the sideline. A new student section, dubbed “The Big Blue Wall” was added in the north endzone prior to the 2004 season. The section is one of the most raucous in all of the nation.

The stadium’s capacity can exceed 3,000 with temporary seating. In fact, Kentucky’s record crowd of 3,327 was set in the 2005 season opener as the Wildcats beat rival Louisville, 1-0 in front of a standing- room only crowd.

The grandstand also houses a spacious press box for use by the media and professional scouts

The Complex features a lighted international regulation-sized playing field of lush Bermuda grass. The surface is a modified sand-based field with an in-ground irrigation system for drainage of rainwater and a sprinkler system that allows the UK grounds crew to keep the field in top playing condition throughout the year. The system makes the field safer and more playable in a rain-soaked game.

The combination of sandy soil and irrigation allows UK grounds keepers to maintain a healthy and vigorous playing surface. The field is mowed every day with a mower designed for golf fairways, which results in a field that rivals those of professional soccer.

The grandstand also houses a spacious press box for use by the media and professional scouts who visit UK.

The Complex features a lighted international regulation-sized playing field of lush Bermuda grass. The surface is a modified sand-based field with an in-ground irrigation system for drainage of rainwater and a sprinkler system that allows the UK grounds crew to keep the field in top playing condition throughout the year. The system makes the field safer and more playable in a rain-soaked game.

The combination of sandy soil and irrigation allows UK grounds keepers to maintain a healthy and vigorous playing surface. The field is mowed every day with a mower designed for golf fairways, which results in a field that rivals those of professional soccer.

Men's Soccer Top Ten Attendance Figures

Rank Attendance Date Opponent
1 3,327 9/2/05 Louisville
2 3,003 10/10/97 Bowling Green
3 2,458 10/6/04 Indiana
4 2,307 9/6/07 Louisville
5 2,167 9/7/01 Ohio State
t-6 1,988 9/17/08 Michigan
    10/18/00 Indiana
8 1,737 11/16/01 Akron
9 1,682 9/16/03 Louisville
10 1,668 10/16/02 Indiana