As of late Friday afternoon, Kentucky reported it had distributed 49,000 tickets so far for the spring game. Not included in that figure was an additional 11,000 tickets given out to area elementary and middle school students as part of an incentive-based education program.
If just 50,000 of that total show up, it would more than double Kentucky’s record for a spring game, which was 20,325 set in 1987. It will be more than 10 times the number of fans at Commonwealth Stadum last season (4,500).
For some perspective in the Southeastern Conference, only Alabama (78,526) had more than 46,000 fans for its spring game last season. Other top SEC numbers included Arkansas with 45,250, Auburn with 43,427, Florida with 38,100 and Tennessee with 35,421.
Already this season, Georgia set a new spring game attendance record with 45,113.
Other attendance figures of note from last year include Texas 46,000; Oklahoma 20,000; Clemson 28,000; Louisville 15,000; Miami 10,000.
Oh, and don’t forget former Mark Stoops school Florida State, which had 40,631 fans at its spring game last season.