The University of Kentucky Wildcats football program has recently established itself as a top-25 contender. The Wildcats have one national championship to their name, along with conference championships and bowl game appearances. Kentucky Wildcats play football in the SEC Conference, often the best in the nation, and thus competes against some of the toughest teams in college football. Although the Wildcats may be better known as a top contender in basketball, Kentucky football has made a strong statement that opponents need to take them seriously. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Kentucky Wildcats football tickets.
2013 Kentucky Season Preview
Mark Stoops enters his first season as the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats after leading the Florida State Seminoles defense for the last three seasons. Kentucky finished with two wins in 2012, so Stoops has a lot of work cut out for him to turn around a football program that plays in the very tough SEC. Stoops’ impact on defense will be felt immediately and he will implement a more up-tempo offense that should put more points on the board. The key for the Wildcats this season will be returning to a bowl game and with many winnable games on the schedule, Stoops has a chance to make an immediate impact on a football program that is desperately trying to find its way in college football. Louisville, Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee will all travel to Lexington in 2013.
Check out our Kentucky Wildcats Season Preview History page for previews of previous Wildcats seasons.
Kentucky Wildcats Football at Commonwealth Stadium Address: 1540 University Dr, Lexington, Kentucky, 40502
The Kentucky Wildcats play their home games at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. The stadium holds nearly 68,000 spectators. At Commonwealth, you'll hear the singing of “On, On U of K”, the school's traditional fight song. In a sea of blue and white, you'll see the team take the field on the beautiful new Bermuda grass field, hear the roar of the crowd and enjoy the new video screens and sound system. It's an experience rich in old traditions but with the modern amenities of recently updated stadium. The Kentucky Wildcats home bench is on the Commonwealth Stadium sideline with sections 105-114. Commonwealth Stadium parking information is covered in our Wildcats event guide.
Kentucky vs. Mississippi State
This has been one of the most evenly matched rivalries anywhere in the country. Both teams are charter members of the SEC; they have been played consistently since 1944, and annually since 1990. A chance to take the lead in this rivalry is on the line every year, making the games unpredictable, and with both teams taking strides to challenge the SEC elite, this matchup promises even more excitement in the future.
Kentucky vs. Louisville
The battle for the “Governor’s Cup” pits the Bluegrass State’s two largest universities against each other. First played in 1912, the rivalry was reinstated in 1994, with the “Governor’s Cup” the prize for the winning school. This has been a close matchup over the years, with Kentucky holding a slight edge in series wins. The state of Kentucky is divided down the middle and this can’t miss game has state bragging rights on the line for an entire year.
Kentucky vs. Tennessee
Separated by only 170 miles, this is one of the closest interstate rivalries in the country and it dates back to 1893. Initially this was a very close matchup, but since the 1930’s, Tennessee has dominated the series. However, a majority of the games have been won by small margins, and both fan bases are eager to beat the other, making this game always interesting and one of the best experiences in the SEC.
Kentucky Wildcats in the BCS National Championship, Bowl Games and SEC Championship
Believe it or not, the Kentucky Wildcats have been a member of the SEC their entire existence. Starting with legendary coach “Bear” Bryant under the realm, the Wildcats have won their fair share of bowl games over the years, compiling a better than .500 record in the process. With an impressive two SEC to date, the Wildcats are surely a presence in College Football’s most premier conference. Ticketcity offers tickets to all college football bowl games and the SEC Championship Game.
Kentucky Wildcats Event Guide
Are there any special traditions before the game?
The Cat Walk takes place 2 hours and 15 minutes before every game, where all the players will start walking to the stadium from the corner of Jerry Claiborne Way and College Way in front of the Nutter Field House.
Best way to get there?
The UK Football Express has two routes (Campus and Downtown) that will cost a maximum of $5 round trip. They begin two hours before kickoff and suspend one hour after the game is over.
Do my kids need a ticket?
All persons entering the stadium, regardless of age, must have a reserved ticket.
Where can I tailgate?
You may tailgate in sanctioned parking lots around Commonwealth, which open at 8 AM on game days. Check on the UK Game Day website for specifics on what you can and cannot take to tailgating.
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UK Football Rocks!!! My girlfriend and I love going to UK football games! We go to as many as possible. The atmosphere is just amazing. Just gets you so pumped up. My favorite game to go to is when they play Tennessee. We've lost to them for 25 yrs straight but we are getting so close to winning. I truly believe that this will be the year that Kentucky beats Tennessee in football. I already have tickets to be there, and as always, I got the perfect tickets at the perfect price from TicketCity! September 9, 2010