Following the hiring of Mark Stoops, the subsequent signing of a Top 30 recruiting class and the announcement of $110 million in facilities upgrades, the next step for fans looking to keep Kentucky football’s momentum going is great attendance for the Spring Game. It would seem that the university is anticipating just that, as they announced yesterday that the Blue/White game would now be a ticketed event. You don’t go through the trouble of distributing tickets if you only expect 5000 people to attend.
Tickets will still be free of charge, however Ticketmaster may charge a processing fee if ordering online. Season ticket holders should have already received an email allowing them to purchase up to eight tickets starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow. Students can purchase their tickets at the Joe Craft Center starting at the same time tomorrow. Student tickets will be limited to two tickets per student ID. Tickets will be available to non-season ticket holders starting March 11th . UK has announced that tickets will also be distributed at the ticket office outside Commonwealth Stadium on gameday. The only catch is that tickets are first-come first-served, so the longer you wait, the less desirable seats you will be assigned.
The Athletics Department has certainly changed their handling of the event, last year the date wasn’t even announced at this point. This year there is reserved seating. There are also a few rumors of other events and festivities that UK has planned for that day, but you’ll have to wait to hear about those.
The Spring Game is set to be played on April 13th at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to spend the day tailgating before attending the game. No announcement has been made, but traditionally tailgate for the Spring Game takes place in the Blue Lot. The university has also been quick to point out that there are baseball and softball games taking place that day for fans who may be interested.
It can’t be stressed enough how important this event is to the football program. A dedicated group of fans has created a movement to get people to attend the game. You see the Facebook page, Facebook event (go ahead and click join), and the Twitter account of Sound The Siren. For fans looking to secure advanced tickets, you can do so in the following ways when tickets become available to you:
- Online at TicketMaster.com
- By calling TicketMaster at 800-745-3000
- In person at TicketMaster outlets in Kentucky