Capilouto encourages UK alumni to contact reps

Kentucky is leaving nothing to chance when it comes to recently proposed campus improvements.

In an open letter emailed out on Thursday night, Kentucky President Eli Capilouto encouraged alumni and friends to reach out to their state representatives to solidify approval for construction projects at UK, including the $110 million renovations of Commonwealth Stadium.

Earlier this month, several of the state’s top leaders had a joint news conference in Frankfort pledging support for the state-wide construction projects that are self-financed by each individual university.

“This was a great announcement and we need your help to make it a reality,” Capilouto’s letter said. “We need you to contact your state representative.”

UK spokesman Jay Blanton said the school is still optimistic that the plan will go through and that the letter was a reminder to people that the projects have not been voted on nor approved yet. It has not been scheduled for a vote.

The campus projects that Kentucky is planning include renovation and expansion of the Gatton College of Business and Economics building as well as a new Academic Science building. UK Athletics has pledged $65 million to go toward the new academic buildings.

Proposed athletics renovations include renovations at the Nutter Training Center and Commonwealth Stadium, including the addition of 18-20 suites, 2,500 club seats and improved concourse areas, according to Capilouto’s letter and previous discussions about the projects.

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at
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One Response to Capilouto encourages UK alumni to contact reps

  1. Donald Ray says:

    We need address and Phone numbers, Thanks.