Fans? Game Day Information for Commonwealth Stadium

  • Parking

    Parking at the Stadium: All parking at the stadium is reserved. There is no single-game pay parking in the stadium lots. Stadium lots open at 8 a.m.

    Be Ready to Give Your Parking Stub to the Attendant: Attendants at Commonwealth Stadium parking lots will collect the stubs at the bottom of parking passes. Fans are asked to detach their stub in advance and be ready to give the stub to the attendant in order to keep parking lot entry as quick as possible.

    Please Note Changes in Pre-Game Traffic Flow at Commonwealth Stadium: Monitored traffic control begins three hours before kickoff.

    Please note that Woodland Avenue will be closed, beginning at Euclid Avenue. Permit holders with a Red, Red Suite, Red Disabled, Orange, or PS1 pass who intend to access those lots from that direction should use Rose Street to Huguelet to University Drive as your connector route.

    Farm Road will be closed at Nicholasville Road at all times and will only be used by emergency vehicles if needed. All Red and Orange permits must use University Drive for access to Commonwealth Stadium.

    Pre-game traffic flow maps can be found on the page.

    Please Note Changes in Post-Game Traffic Flow at Commonwealth Stadium:

  • Orange lot will exit right in two lanes onto University Drive, then right on Alumni Drive and left turn only on Nicholasville Road
  • Blue lot will exit via Alumni East. All traffic will be directed right onto Tates Creek Road toward New Circle Road or Man O?War.
  • Green lot will exit through Jerry Claiborne Way to Cooper Drive East, then either straight to Chinoe toward Richmond Road or right on Tates Creek and left on Alumni toward New Circle and Man O?War.
  • Purple lot can go two ways: out Cooper Drive (same as the Green lot exit); or, out Alumni Drive (same as the Blue lot exit).
  • Red lot will exit, forming four lanes, right onto University to Cooper Drive/Waller Ave. (west) or University Drive (north).
  • Non-reserved disabled will exit Farm Road to University Drive.
  • RV lot will exit via Cooper Drive

    Post-game traffic flow maps and directions can also be found on the page.

    Road Shoulders, Green Space Around Stadium is Permit Parking Only: Fans should note that the road shoulders and green space areas around Commonwealth Stadium (east of Nicholasville Road, south of Cooper Drive, north of Alumni Drive, and west of Jerry Claiborne Way/College Way) are for permit parking only.

    No cars will be permitted on the shoulders of these roads or in the green spaces in those areas. Any vehicles in those areas will be towed, beginning at 7:30 a.m. on game day.

    No Parking Pass? No Problem, ?Touchdown Downtown? Moving Again: Fans who do not have reserved parking are advised to use the ?Touchdown Downtown? LexTran shuttle service. Fans can park in five downtown lots and catch a round-trip shuttle to the stadium for $2.50 per person. ?Touchdown Downtown? begins three hours prior to kickoff and runs up to game time. Return trips begin midway through the fourth quarter and continue until fans have been returned downtown.

    The three downtown parking lots are located at:

  • Vine Street between Broadway and Mill Street
  • Transit Center (Vine Street entrance)
  • Corner of East High Street and Woodland Avenue (front of Ramsey?s)

    The three shuttle stops are located at:

  • Corner of East High Street and Woodland (in front of Ramsey?s Diner);
  • Vine Street between Broadway and Mill; and
  • Transit Center.

    For more information on Touchdown Downtown, call 231-7335, or visit Web site .

    Non-Permit Parking: The UK campus areas north of Cooper Drive are available for non-permit parking on a first-come, first-served basis. One of the best places to park is UK Parking Structure #2, located at the end of Hilltop Drive near the William T. Young Library. The parking structure is free to the public and is approximately a 10-minute walk to Commonwealth Stadium.

    Non-Reserved RV: The non-reserved RV lot is located on Press Avenue (off Virginia Ave.). The lot opens at 6 p.m. on Friday evenings prior to game day. Shuttle service is provided to and from the stadium.

    Disabled Parking: Non-reserved disabled parking, at a cost of $10 per vehicle, is located in the Tobacco Research Building parking lot on the corner of University Drive and Cooper Drive. Shuttle buses are available for transport to the stadium. or by calling 800-928-CATS.

    On game day, the Memorial Coliseum Ticket Office will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Commonwealth Stadium ticket office will open at 5 p.m.

    New Location for the ?Cat Walk?: There is a new location this year for the ?Cat Walk? when the team arrives at the stadium. The team buses will arrive at the Nutter Field House approximately two hours and 15 minutes before the game (approx. 4:45 p.m. for the Indiana game) and the players will make the ?Cat Walk? to their stadium entry point at Gate 1. Fans are encouraged to line up on the sidewalk and cheer the team as it enters the stadium. The new location became necessary this season because the team is staying at a different hotel and will take a different entrance route to the stadium.

    The ?Cat Walk? is organized by the families of the players, a group that has organized as the Wildcat Football Family Association.

    Wildcat Refuge: Fans of all ages, but especially the younger Wildcats, will enjoy playing at the Wildcat Refuge, located outside the southwest corner (outside Gate 9) of Commonwealth Stadium. There are five giant inflatable games that are available three hours before kickoff.

    In addition to the inflatable games, there will be autograph sessions with UK sports teams (men?s soccer team at the Indiana game), face painting, and an autograph tent with the Scratch mascot.

    The Wildcat Refuge debuted last season and was a huge success.

    UK Alumni Association Tailgate Tent Parties: The Big Blue Tailgate Tent Party will open 2-1/2 hours before every home football game. The tent is located on the North side of the Stadium between Lexington Community College and the ?Will Call? ticket booth between red and green lots. The cost will be FREE to all members and $10 for non-members. Deli sandwiches or hot dogs and soft drinks will be available. We?ll also send you to the game with blue and white pompoms and UK stickers to complete your game-day wardrobe. for more information and to register.

    Rally in the Alley: The ?Rally in the Alley? is a tailgate area for students, located between Commonwealth Stadium and Nutter Field House at gates 14 and 15.

    The ?Rally in the Alley? begins two hours before the game (5:00 p.m. for the Indiana game). Radio station 104.5 The Cat will be providing the music.

    Get in ?The Zone?: Looking for a way to entertain business clients, reward employees, or just get your tailgating group together for a good time? Then get in ?The Zone,? Kentucky football?s newest entertainment center.

    ?The Zone? will be located outside Gate 9 of Commonwealth Stadium and will feature music from Kenny Owens, food, and Wildcat fun. ?The Zone? will open two hours before each home game. All tickets for ?The Zone? must be purchased in advance. For more information and to reserve your spot in ?The Zone,? call Host Communications at 859-226-4328.

    UK Team Shop: The UK Team Shop, featuring officially licensed Wildcat apparel and merchandise, will be open outside the stadium prior to the game and will be located near the ticket booth between the Red and Green lots. Additional UK Team Shops will be located inside the stadium gates.

    UK Marching Band Will Parade Around Stadium: The UK Marching Band will parade around the stadium, beginning at approximately one hour prior to kickoff. The band parade will begin at Gate 4 and end at Gate 9.

    Stadium Gates: Commonwealth Stadium gates open two hours before game time.

    Additional Security Measures at Commonwealth Stadium: Additional security procedures will be implemented at Commonwealth Stadium for the 2004 season.

    Every entry point into the stadium will have a security guard to check all bags and items entering the stadium. Once items have been approved, patrons will proceed into the stadium at ticket checkpoints. This policy is to ensure the safety of all fans and the security of the stadium and will remain the same throughout the 2004 season.

    Items which cannot be brought in the stadium include artificial noisemakers, glass containers, alcoholic beverages, aluminum containers, good, portable heaters, firearms, ice chests, bags of ice, large bags, oversize stadium seats, or any object considered dangerous to patrons in Commonwealth Stadium.

    Banners, flags, signs, and poles are prohibited unless approved by UK Athletics.

    Fans are permitted to bring in cell phones, pagers, still cameras, video cameras, small purses, binoculars, small radios, and seat cushions. Umbrellas may be brought into the stadium, but may not be opened in seating areas. All items brought into the stadium are subject to search.

    Game-Day Honorees: The following people will be honored at the Indiana game.

  • The honorary captain for the coin toss will be Wildcat football, basketball, and baseball legend Wallace ?Wah Wah? Jones.
  • At the end of the first quarter, UK President Lee T. Todd Jr., First Lady Patsy Todd, and Provost Mike Nietzel will recognize the 16 winners of the Provost?s Award for outstanding teaching.

    Suggestion Boxes: There are six suggestion boxes posted on the stadium concourse. Fans are encouraged to write suggestions for game management and leave them in the boxes.

    No Pass-out Checks: Per Southeastern Conference rule, no pass-out checks are issued for fans who wish to leave the stadium during the game. Anyone leaving the stadium must have a new, unused ticket to re-enter the stadium.