The University of Kentucky, n institution reveled and revered for its basketball dominance and eight national championships, stepped out of its comfort zone to reveal a new addition to Commonwealth Stadium, home of Wildcats football.
Positioned between the field entrance and locker room, and nestled within close quarters to an endzone, a new recruiting room has been unmasked to allow recruits the optimal gameday experience, which includes a membership-only-like seating arrangement in an outdoor patio and a cafeteria-styled layout fitted with two 178-inch high definition screens to view live coverage.
Mitch Barnhart, Athletic Director at Kentucky, addressed the importance of giving potential student-athletes a test drive of the atmosphere.
“We’re proud of it. It’s something we’ve wanted for years, and figuring out how to incorporate it into this facility was really, really important to us,” Barnhart said.
“To be able to come to this kind of a venue and bring in young people and let them see our program from a little bit of a unique environment — most recruiting areas are under the stadium — for us to build it into it with a view, with a patio, it’s a little unique. We think it’s helpful to us. When people go back home they might go, ‘Oh, my word, that was different.'”
The $126 million renovation to Commonwealth Stadium is the way forward to build a foundation for future Wildcats to come and is surely a blueprint for other Division I programs to mock, if a budgets allows it.
Main Room – Viewing Area
Recruit Deck I
Recruit Deck II
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Kentucky.com