The Kentucky football team played its last game at Commonwealth Stadium.
The Wildcats won’t be moving to a new facility, but the one they currently occupy is set to be renamed.
On Monday, it was reported that the Wildcats had sold the naming rights to Kroger Supermarket, a major supermarket chain in the area. With the move, Kentucky becomes the first SEC program to agree to such a deal.
You can watch video of the Kroger Field announcement press conference by clicking here.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) May 1, 2017
Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it?
Whatever the name of the facility will be, though, the Wildcats have continued to show improvement under coach Mark Stoops. After taking over a 2-10 team, the Wildcats managed to finish 7-6 last season and appeared in their first bowl game in five years.
According to the Herald-Leader, the terms of the deal cover 12 years and are worth $1.85 million. This is more than just a name on a stadium, though. The multi-tiered deal also makes Kroger Supermarkets the official “fuel-provider” for UK Athletics, and will take over nutrition and pharmacy duties for the programs.
With the correct deal in place, the Wildcats Athletic Director had previously indicated that name rights to Commonwealth Stadium could be in play. It appears the one with Kroger Supermarkets was that correct deal, and the signage will soon be stripped and replaced with “Kroger Field.”
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