Soccer Hosts Georgia State in Season Opener
Aug 31, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- After a power outage forced postponement of the Kentucky men’s soccer season opener on Friday, the Wildcats will now open the 2013 season vs. Georgia State at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday at the UK Soccer Complex.
Kentucky was slated to play Wright State on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET, following the women’s game vs. Eastern Kentucky. With the players walking to the field for the national anthem, the power went out throughout the facility, which is under construction as a new $7.7 million stadium. The game with Wright State was postponed to Nov. 5 at the UK Soccer Complex, with a time yet to be determined.
The Wildcats will face Georgia State in their new season lidlifter at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday. UK will be meeting GSU for the first time in program history. Georgia State will also be facing UK in its season opener, after a pair of exhibition games, including a win over Oglethorpe and a loss vs. Liberty.
Kentucky enters the 2013 season, its second year of the head coach Johan Cedergren era, after advancing to its first NCAA Tournament since 2003 a year ago. UK returns preseason All-America and All-Conference USA center back Steven Perinovic, senior goalkeeper Jack Van Arsdale and UK’s leading scorer for the last three years, senior Tyler Riggs.
UK Soccer Complex Game Day
Due to the ongoing construction of the $7.7 million renovations to the UK Soccer Complex, University of Kentucky soccer fans will experience some slight modifications to the game day experience during the 2013 season.
All fans will be admitted into all games for the 2013 season for FREE for the duration of the season. Fans will also be allowed to re-enter the complex after initial entrance.
Seating will be all general admission for the season and seating will all be located behind the team benches on the grassy area opposite the construction site. Fans will be invited to bring their own chairs and blankets to enjoy the action. There will also be seating located behind the goals on each side of the facility, similar to years past.
Construction will be ongoing for most of the season, and the grandstand side of the facility will be shut down for the entirety of the season. Only credentialed members of the UK staff will be allowed over to that side of the complex.
All fans will be entering and exiting the facility using the existing student entrance located between the game field and the practice field. The existing entrance main gate will be shut down and fans will not be able to enter the facility through those gates, as they will be closed during the construction process.
Fans will be able to park in one of three locations for the season. The first-arriving fans will receive access to the gravel lot located directly across the main gate. Once that lot is filled, fans will be directed to park in the lot that borders the practice field off of College Way. In addition, similar to softball parking in 2013, there will be parking on the west side of College Way in the grassy area between the soccer/softball complex and Commonwealth Stadium. When there are no further available spots, fans will park in select lots of Commonwealth Stadium, which is in walking distance of the UK Soccer Complex. Parking lots will open three hours prior to game time. Handicapped parking will remain as seasons past, as they will be able to park near the main gate in the paved lot.