As of late Friday, the Kentucky ticket office is reporting that more than 42,000 tickets have been distributed for the spring game. If that figure holds, it will be more fans in Commonwealth Stadium than at any home game last season other than Western Kentucky (53,980 announced, 43,174 actual as scanned by TicketMaster).
In fact, the actual attendance total for the Cats’ final two home games last season combined was only 39,815.
Kentucky officials are trying to make Saturday’s contest have the feel of an actual home game, including having the Wildcat Refuge (inflatable rides and games for kids outside of Gate 9), as well as a Catwalk and for the first time in the spring, a partial marching band.
“We’re going to try to make it feel like a game experience as much as we possibly can,” said Nathan Schwake, of UK’s marketing department.
“We’re trying to really capitalize on the excitement of everything that’s happened. We’re just trying to keep that rolling. … This is obviously a very public display of that excitement.”
Special giveaways on Saturday will include a poster celebrating the upcoming season.
A website has been created to answer questions about the spring game and can be found at www.ukathletics.com/fbgameday.
Free tickets for the 7 p.m. kickoff are available by calling the UK ticket office at (859) 257-1818 or online at www.ticketmaster.com, but will include a service fee. Walkup tickets on game day are available starting at 4 p.m. at the Will Call booth outside of Gate 4 and at a ticketing tent between gates 10 and 11.