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Univ. Of Kentucky Unveils $110M Football Stadium Renovations, Downsizing By 6,000
Published November 26, 2013
GOING WITH THE TREND: In Lexington, Mark Story writes spending $110M to "downsize one's stadium is not as counter-intuitive as it sounds." There have been "vast expanses of open seats in stadiums belonging to football programs far more successful than Kentucky." The trend in football venues is "smaller overall capacity with more 'high-end' seating designed to produce revenue streams," and the new Commonwealth Stadium will "epitomize that philosophy." It also "sounds like a good bit of the overall reduction in Commonwealth seating capacity will come out of the student ticket allotment." The UK student section in recent years has "often been half-filled at best." One "big improvement for fans all around Commonwealth would be if the bleacher seating in much of the stadium could be removed in favor of chair backs" (LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER, 11/26).