Last year Kentucky managed to draw 50,831 fans to the annual Blue/White Spring football game, obliterating the previous school record for attendance. Before the ink even dried on stories reporting the attendance rival fans and naysayers were vocal in their assertion that UK fans would not repeat the feat after what everyone expected to be a tough first season under new head coach Mark Stoops. Well, they were right. Kentucky will not match that total this year. They can’t because the renovations to Commonwealth Stadium will limit attendance to 42,500.
So the next goal is to simply sell out the Spring Game. Big Blue Nation needs to buy 42,500 tickets and fill those seats in ten days. It is another big step in the building process for this program. Nearly every recruit that signed with the Wildcats in the ballyhooed 2014 class cited last year’s Spring game as a big factor in their decision. It shows players how passionate Kentucky fans are and that they do, in fact, love Wildcat football too. Other people can say that Kentucky only cares about basketball all they want but that’s pretty quickly debunked when 50k people show up to watch a scrimmage.
This is one of the few opportunities for you, the average fan, to directly impact this team in a positive manner. (Besides becoming a “bag man”, which is not endorsed by Wildcat Blue Nation) Kentucky can be some of the best in the world when properly motivated. They may be the best travelling fanbase in the country. So there is no reason that any of those 42,500 tickets should go unfilled, especially at $1.25 to pay Ticketmaster. This is a chance to help build this program to where everyone wants it to be. So, if you weren’t willing to spend $1.25 and an afternoon for Kentucky football’s sake, then you have no right to complain if they don’t perform to your standards.
Not that Spring game attendance is the end all be all for a football team but the it’s the effort by the fans that matters. The coaches are all in, as are the players, but it’s going to take everyone on the same page to build this thing the right way. Fans can’t take a wait-and-see approach then give great support after Kentucky is a contender, they need to buy in now to help make Kentucky a contender. The coaches use the BBN to recruit, the university uses the money to help the athletic programs, the players feed off of the crowd energy during games. All of those things are good impacts created by fans simply showing up and supporting their team. So get out there and pick up your tickets, help build this team, this program to the level where we all have vacations scheduled for bowl trips again.