Commonwealth Stadium is the home for Kentucky Wildcats football programs. The venue was opened in 1973 and it is the newest stadium in the SEC. The first game played was the home team’s loss to Virginia Tech Hokies.
The stadium was expanded in 1999 and renovated in 2015 so Kentucky Wildcats tickets buyers can rest assured the stadium is in as best state as possible and that there are over 61000 seats available.
Basketball at Kentucky is played at Rupp Arena and with capacity at 23500 it is the largest indoors arena in the United States. The Wildcats enjoyed its use since 1976 when the venue was opened.
Kentucky Wildcats football programs came to fruition in 1892 with basketball following in 1903. The university is member of Southeastern Conference, East Division, NCAA Division I.
The college’s colours are royal blue and white and the university has three official mascots; Blue, a live bobcat, The Wildcat- a costumed student and Scratch, children friendly version of the Wildcat.
The university main rivalries come from Tennessee Volunteers, Indiana Hoosiers, Vanderbilt Commodores and Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Wildcats football program has lived in the shadow of basketball successes but the gridiron players had some success with winning one national title and claiming two conference championships. To date, the Wildcats have an all- time record of 587-599-44 and they took part in 15 Bowl Games, including four appearances in Music City Bowl where they are 2-2 in wins. Altogether the Wildcats won 8 Bowl games.
There are two Pro Football Hall of Famers from the university; George Blanda- a place kicker and quarterback who played for few teams, winning three AFL championships, along some MVP awards and leading the league in passing statistics; and Dermontti Dawson, a center, who spent all his career in Pittsburgh where he went to 7 Pro Bowls and was named six times to All- Pros.
Currently there are quite a few Wildcats in NFL and some of them are making some impact among their teams.
Where the university shines is the basketball as the Wildcats lead all schools in total NCAA tournament appearances with 55, NCAA tournament wins with 120, total post season appearances with 63, NCAA sweet sixteen 41 appearances and NCAA Elite Eight 36 showings. The Wildcats were the NCAA tournament champions 8 times, adding further four instances when they finished as the runner up.
The Kentucky Wildcats won conference regular season title 49 times and added further 30 conference tournament championships to their incredible tally of trophies.
On top of that the college is the only one to win multiple NCAA and NIT championships and throughout the history of the program there has been plenty of accomplished coaches and players including three number one picks in drafts out of total 110 Wildcats ever drafted by NBA teams.
One of the most promising number one draft picks is Anthony Davis drafted by the New Orleans in 2012. To date he went to 3 NBA All-Star games, led the NBA in blocks two consecutive seasons and was chosen to All- NBA First Team as well as NBA All- defensive second team.
It is easy to see that Kentucky draws many successful athletes to their programs and basketball is the queen of them all but football has had its moments too in the college’s history.