Stadium renovations, timeline given at UK board meeting

A more in-depth look at the timeline and financial specifics for football facilities renovations was announced on Tuesday at an athletics board meeting on campus.

Eric Monday, the university’s new executive vice president for finance and administration, told the board that the renovated facilities will cost $110 million, which will be paid off by UK athletics in 30 years at $6.6 million a year.

Officials said “programming and internal planning” is underway and that pending legislative approval, the athletics department plans to seek final approval for the renovations in March.

After that is done, a design team will begin the work that will include, according to Monday, 16-20 private suites, new home team facilities, 2,000 club seats, concession, restroom and security upgrades, a new team store, press facilities and a full-service kitchen.

“This project is focused on two ideals: to increase our competitiveness as well as fan satisfaction,” Monday said.

The project will get underway this calendar year and is to be completed in the fall of 2015 or early spring of 2016, according to the report.

After the overview of the project, C.B. Akins, chairman of the athletics committee, said he was pleased that it was being paid for with athletics dollars alone.

“We’re appreciative of the fact that this will be totally paid for by athletics and that we have an athletics program that is operating in the black, unlike many institutions across the country, whose programs are subsidized by universities because they have deficits annually,” Akins said.

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 jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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6 Responses to Stadium renovations, timeline given at UK board meeting

  1. Tom says:

    Jennifer, what was the reponse to Sandy Bell’s comment?

  2. Jennifer Smith says:

    Which comment?

  3. Tom says:

    About millionaire athletes still on scholarships

  4. Tbartley says:

    Can they renovate the name while they are at it, and remove C.M. Newton from the field name. C.M did a great job with the basketball program. but he gave us Mumme and years of football frustration. Time for a new name.

  5. Jennifer Smith says:

    There was no comment. The board seemed pleased that UK was keeping its promises to its athletes.

  6. Pingback: Kentucky board talks Football renovations - Wildcat Blue Nation - A University of Kentucky Wildcats Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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