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Rain could derail public practice portion of Friday's UK football Fan Day

The latest weather gadgetry can project some amazing things, but it's still tough for it to say just how soggy Kentucky's Fan Day will be on Friday night.

"We're in a pattern where there will be storms in the evening, now whether one is right over Commonwealth Stadium at that time, will remain to be seen," WKYT chief meteorologist Chris Bailey.

"There's definitely a decent chance that at some point, Mother Nature may play a role in Fan Day."

How much of a role she plays will determine just how many changes will come about for Fan Day, spokesman Tony Neely said.

The autograph sessions, scheduled to start at 6 p.m., will happen rain or shine because they will take place in the stadium concourses.

"But as far as the open practice, if weather forces us inside to the field house, they will have to cancel the open practice," Neely said. "We just can't accommodate a large number of people in field house."

Pending weather developments, the open practice is scheduled to start at around 7:30 p.m. with fireworks directly following.

When asked what he was planning for his first Fan Day, Coach Mark Stoops said they want to try and have as "normal a practice as we can" given space limitations at the stadium versus the normal practice fields.

"We do want to have a good, full practice and let the fans see it," Stoops said after Wednesday's practice. "They don't get many opportunities to see practice, and I know there's a lot of interest."

Stoops said his coaches and players were excited for the chance to interact with fans.

"Really, what we want to get out of it is to be there for the fans, shake hands, give autographs, spend some time with the fans, let them see our practice — as close to this situation as we can get with the space that we have there in the stadium and just, like I said, let them see us."

Now it's up to that pesky Mother Nature to decide just how much fans will get to see.

"A little light rain from time to time may be a best case scenario," Bailey said. "If there's not actual rain or thunderstorms at the stadium, it may be one of those deals where there could be lightning or thunder in the distance."


FRIDAY

Kentucky Football Fan Day

When: Autographs start at 6, followed by open practice and fireworks.

Where: Commonwealth Stadium.

Admission and parking: Free starting at 3 p.m.

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