UK football: ticket prices, donation levels announced for 2015 season

jsmith3@herald-leader.comFebruary 11, 2014 

Few fans left during the third quarter against the Tennessee Volunteers at Commonwealth Stadium Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Amy Wallot

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Kentucky football fans will have a little time to put some money into their big blue piggy banks to save up for tickets in the renovated Commonwealth Stadium, including some of its new premium seating.

The prices for 2015 season tickets, including those prime seats, were released by the school Tuesday.

Each season ticket will cost $320 (for eight games in 2015) with a specific K-Fund donation required for many of the seats, with costs ranging from $2,500 per seat for the loge level all the way to $100 per seat for several sections in the lower and upper bowls.

There are 25,000 total season tickets available for purchase for either a $100 donation or without a donation.

The school based its new prices, which can be seen on the Commonwealth Stadium website (www.thenewcws.com) on other Southeastern Conference schools and schools in state, spokesman Dewayne Peevy said.

The website, designed to keep fans up to date on the latest renovations, has a new "online seat selection process that will "allow every fan to choose the seats that best fit his/her needs in the fall of 2014."

The entire stadium will be re-ticketed as the stadium goes from about 67,000 to roughly 61,000 seats.

The process will be based on a K-Fund priority ranking, which looks at season-ticket loyalty and total dollar contributions to UK athletics, as of June 30. Fans who have season tickets for the 2013 season will be given priority, officials said.

The K-Fund donations required with each season ticket were reconfigured, but are nearly the same under the new system as they are the current one. There are fewer sections for the $100 donor seats and more for the $450 donation level. The $375 level is no longer available, but UK added a $300 level.

The new suites along the south sideline and boxes in the new loge area are on sale now, while the club seating at the field and mezzanine levels will go on sale in the fall.

A "capital donation" is attached to the suites and loge box seats, but not the others.

The new suites will go for $60,000 per season with a $15,000 capital gift due once reservations are made. Existing end zone suites cost $50,000 per season with a capital gift of $10,000.

The loge boxes are covered outdoor seating for four to six people with a private lounge and food options as well as personal televisions or tablets that go with each box.

Seating 300 or so, those boxes are available for $10,000 per season plus the ticket cost with a $2,500 capital gift. The six-seat loge boxes are $15,000 with a mandatory $3,750 donation.

The mezzanine level will seat about 1,000 fans ($1,500 per seat plus ticket price), while field-level seats are $1,250 per seat plus ticket price.

Both of those premium seating areas will have sideline views, chair-back seating and access to climate-controlled lounges.

A parking pass will be included with every four club seats, including the loge level and suites, Peevy said.

Jennifer Smith: (859) 231-3241. Twitter: @jenheraldleader. Blog: ukfootball.bloginky.com.

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