UK planning $45 million new football facility

Kentucky football’s full plan for its future came into better focus with the release of a simple agenda for the school’s Board of Trustees meeting.

That plan includes the addition of a brand new, privately funded $45 million football training facility and practice fields that will be voted on by the school’s governing board on Friday.

The two-story building and two practice fields with an adjoining drill area will be located at the east end of the existing Nutter Field House will be coupled with the already planned $110 million going into Commonwealth Stadium renovations.

Officials hinted that there might be more to come in December when they unveiled the stadium project but didn’t include renovations to the Nutter Training Facility as initially planned.

In late November UK Coach Mark Stoops was asked how much of a hand he had in the stadium renovation plans and he nearly tipped UK’s hand.

“The stadium, I’ve got too much on my plate to get involved with all that now,” he said. “Hopefully we can do some other additions as we move forward that I’ll be very involved with.”

The new project, which is called “a comprehensive complex to support the entire football operation including Commonwealth Stadium and the Nutter Field House,” has a wide-ranging list of amenities.

They include: administrative offices, locker spaces, team meeting areas, training areas, high performance and weight room space, a hydrotherapy room, new locker rooms and lounge facilities, an academic lounge and student study area.

The plans also note that the current Nutter Training Center on South Campus near the baseball stadium will be repurposed to serve UK athletes in other sports.

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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